The Page-a-Day Challenge is off to a great start. I hand wrote fourteen pages this weekend. Woo-hoo! Then again, it was the weekend and I had a lot more time to work on my writing than during the work week. We'll see where this week leads!
A few of you commented on my writing technique, which I hadn't given much though to. But perhaps it is unusual that I hand write everything first. I can't sit down and type.
First, I'm too distracted by the Internet. If I tried to come up with new writing and had the Internet in the background, I'd be on everything but Word. E-mail, Facebook, Bananarepublic.com and Publishers Marketplace are way too tempting for me. I need to have my writing done before I sit down.
Second, I write scene by scene and I like to have my ideas "cook" for awhile. I never know when my ideas are going to be done "cooking." I've been known to type in a parking lot, right after I get out of the shower (for some reason I get my best ideas there!), in bed with a flashlight in the middle of the night and a lot of other random places. I carry my journal around everywhere (I purposely got a purse big enough to fit my journal in at all time). I never know when a scene starts begging to be written.
I also write in a very disjointed way. My chapters often start in pieces and then I like to spread the papers around and see how it all fits. If I handwrite something, I'm able to do that before I type it up in the order I want. Very random, I know, but it works for me.
I've never given much thought to handwriting my work, but I can see how it may be unique to some. I look at it as a sort of first draft, and then when I type things up and revise my words, I'm creating a second draft.
What about you? How do you write? What works best for you?