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Offline Onick

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Writing on paper first?
« on: September 21, 2013, 03:35:39 AM »
Whenever I begin to start something for my writing, since it always happens when I'm not home or I'm in class, I pull out my notebook specifically for my works and I begin to continue where I left of last time. Do any of you do this?

I mean write their work on paper first and then copy it over to the computer?

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2013, 03:42:53 AM »
I think a few folk have said they do their first draft on paper. Others go straight to screen and then print off hard copies to feel it as they read, a different experience and so they're able to catch things they missed -- badly phrased sentences, typos, even plot holes they'd never seen before.

I work with what I've got. If I'm near the laptop it gets a go, if not . . . scribbly, scribbly scribbly. ;D

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2013, 03:46:18 AM »
Makes sense, I myself am a little OCDish when it comes to my writing, so I have essentially my first draft all in a binder in my room and when I finish writing a chapter I put it in there. I am pretty bad with organizing in general, but it seems I'm doing well with how I organize.

I also just like having a written copy of what I will be typing.  :D

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2013, 04:17:12 AM »
Yes, and I recommend others do this. What I've discovered, as much as I love my computers, is they act as huge distractions. (Sidebar: Yes, I know you tell me this all the time, and include MWC in that equation. There's no need to tell me this later.) Anyway, remember the #1 thing to do with a first draft is to simply get the story down and done. The computer, in its attempts to help, offers a lot of distractions. Like red squiggly lines, green squiggly lines, double-checking facts, researching a point, misspellings, porn.

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Well, okay, maybe not that last one for me. -looks innocent- But maybe for you.

Regardless, there's something very organic about pen and paper. And on top of all that, I have hard copies that no computer can eat. Granted, a fire can do it, but let's not go there. Still, I love my computer for editing.

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2013, 04:40:26 AM »
Oh I completely agree with you!  :D I need to be away from computers with distractions like my laptop that has all my games and intertnet. As a gamer myself, I get distracted easily by the sway of an MMO, RTS or RPG, so I need to actually set time away for my writing in the morning. Which is why I'm happy I decided on writing the initial first draft on paper, so that I will able to look at it when I'm away from the computer.

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2013, 04:47:21 AM »
Yes! - *holds up hand* - I always scribble my first draft out by hand after completing a fairly detailed chapter-by-chapter plot outline. Don't know why, but I find it difficult to write a first draft directly to the computer.
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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2013, 04:52:06 AM »
It seems so difficult to even put something down on the page when on the computer, but when I get creative I can just pull out my notebook and write the story or just brainstorm for future events.  ;D

Most computers are stationary or bulky, and notebooks are so handy in my opinion. I don't know about writing on handhelds like tablets or phones though.

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2013, 05:08:24 AM »
Hmmm, I make notes on paper when I start a project, plot points, character sketches, etc, to form the base idea. When it comes to any serious writing I do it on the computer though so it is legible. My handwriting seems to have deteriorated seriously from lack of use. ;)

For getting a first draft down I turn off grammar and spellchecking, absolutely ban myself from self-editing unless I decide on a plot change along the way. I'm pretty computer savvy and have my writing environment set up to support me pushing through to the end of a first draft.
 
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2013, 06:01:44 AM »
I have paper notebook always in my handbag. I carry a tablet in there as well, and I will use whichever is best for whatever the scribble is. If I use the tablet, I can drop the note in the cloud, pick it up on my laptop later.

I was at a blues evening with hubby last year, no notebook in evening bag, and I just had to scribble something down, so out came the smart phone... hubby was seriously amused.  ;)

I am not that fussed about having paper copy of my first draft. I don't have the grammar check on, and I can spell ;) so I don't get any distracting squiggles. I keep 4 backups, one in the cloud.

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2013, 06:14:31 AM »
Being cursed with stiff(ish) fingers these days I generally write directly on the computer, but I used to get through pens and pads at an astonishing rate.  But I still make paper notes when out and about.

But...  Like Chord I turn off all the supposedly helpful things so they don't distract me.  I go offline first as well.  Gaming has never got a grip on me so that wouldn't be a distraction even if there were games on my machine.

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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2013, 06:20:16 AM »
If nothing else, always keep a small notepad, pen, or tape recorder on your person. That inspiring sentence you thought up or heard will be gone from your mind before you know it.

Also, keep another beside the bed for the exact same reason. There's nothing worse than hearing that beautiful sentence in your head and losing it before you can get it down.

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2013, 06:29:17 AM »
Ah, night writing ;-).

I have a large whiteboard on the wall by my bed.  I can write on it in the dark, propped up on one side, and in the morning the large writing is usually legible enough to read.  Sometimes I have no idea what it's about though, even though the individual words make sense ;-)

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2013, 06:32:47 AM »
I'm pretty well paper-free these days.  Making up for all those years of notebooks and fountain pens, I suppose!

As for those wonderful phrases that vanish from your mind if not written down instantaneously - they can't be that memorable, can they?  I think it's just the obscure object of desire thing again - we're hard-wired to believe that what we lost was better than all the stuff we have got.

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2013, 04:04:05 PM »
I seem to be the odd one out here because i never ever write on paper. The problem is i have excruciatingly bad handwriting, probably in part due to me being a left hooker. I also find that I cannot write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts, whereas typing i can.

As for taking notes out and about i carry my iPod, on which i can type little notes. Also my mobile phone has a handy dictaphone feature, which is great too (though like most people i do cringe at the sound of my own voice  :( ).

Does anyone else here find writing with pen and paper a problem?
Forgive me if I'm being naive, I'm quite new to this.

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Re: Writing on paper first?
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2013, 04:50:51 PM »
 I use both, but will be doing nano this year and will do it on computer, obviously.

Thanks for the hint guys, I never thought about turning off all the "helpful" stuff. A lot of times those colored lines make you go back and edit something instead of typing the next bit, so I hope that will help.

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