Writing Longhand

Some writers reach for the specific set of tools when they want to create – a pen and paper. 

There are many cons of longhand writing: it’s not easy to erase, move things around or add something in between; it is difficult to carry around and write on the go (unless you write in a small notepad); you need a good source of light; your hand might hurt; if you write in a hurry it might be difficult for you to read it later on (not to mention someone else reading your manuscript).

Besides being something that only a hipster or a crazy person would do, writing longhand has its positive side.

First of all, writing on a piece of paper will definitely spare your eyes from the glow of the computer screen. That is extremely useful if you have a day job which requires you to stare at the screen from 9 to 5 or even more.

Many writers tend to edit as they go which is not always so great. These writers spend more time on their first drafts and usually get discouraged. It is important to finish the first draft because you get the set of accomplishment and you are ready to edit. 

Writing longhand is also beneficial for those who tend to avoid editing. Once you have your novel written down on the pile of paper, you need to type it, and while typing it, you will be forced to edit and cut all that’s unnecessary because that would mean less working. 

Finally, there won’t be any digital interruptions popping out from your notebook or paper. It’s just you and a blank page; a real blank page, not the screen.

Personally, I believe that longhand writing is worth giving a try purely for the last reason. 

Try it for a month and tell me what you think.