I’ve changed how I write, and I think I’m going to keep it that way
I set a goal recently to write at least 500 words per day. I’ve been doing pretty well at it too – only missing the goal once in the last couple of weeks. It turns out that writing 500 words a day isn’t actually the huge time commitment for me that I thought it would be. And in fact, pretty soon I think I may push it to 750 words and see how I do. I’m still working up to it.
In the course of doing all this writing I’ve also discovered something, and somewhat by accident. I went camping for a few days last week and didn’t really have access to a computer. So to fulfill my writing quota for the day I had to do it the old fashioned way. I took out the old pen and paper and started scribbling away. And I absolutely loved it.
I’ve tried writing by hand before, but I always gave up on it quickly because I didn’t like the idea of having to copy my own words from the paper back into my computer just to edit it again. But without access to the computer in the first place for a couple of days I found that I could simply write without worrying about what was there. It actually came easier because I wasn’t constantly tempted to go back and edit what I was writing while I was writing it. I just wrote, and it felt good.
The only real inconvenience so far has been counting the words to make sure I’m getting to 500, but I only really had to do that for a few days before I figured out that 4 fully filled pages of a legal pad is well over 500 words in my handwriting. So now I know that I simply have to write 4 pages each day and I’ll have reached my goal.
Writing by hand has been really fulfilling for me and I think I’m going to stick with it for a while. It means that I will have to start scheduling time to type up what I’ve written at some point, but I even think that will be a good thing in the long run. It’s certainly going to force me to read what I’ve written more closely, and that can never be a bad thing.