The Pros and Cons of Writing Fiction on Paper First

Pen and paper drafting has always been my first choice.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

1182878_woman_writing_in_the_agenda Last week I was without my computer for a number of days in a row, so I had to take my writing back to the old school style: pen and paper. Specifically, I used an awesome, binded blank book a friend gave me years ago that I was saving for something special.

I do think I might write my new Herezoth novel in that book.

My computer-less period led to the idea for this post: the pros and cons of writing fiction on paper first, before transcribing it into Word or some other word processing program.

When I wrote my first Herezoth novel, “The Crimson League,” I did a lot of writing on pen and paper over my lunch break at a summer university office job. At night I would transcribe what I wrote onto the computer. So I’m not unfamiliar or untested in this style of writing.

I now…

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2 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Writing Fiction on Paper First

  1. I used to write on paper first, but my thoughts come so quickly that I can’t get them own fast enough unless I am using my computer, Worse, I often can’t read my own handwriting!

    1. I have the same problem. It’s become such an issue that I’ve actually started to dictate notes into an audio recorder for transcription later. Pen and paper will always be my number one choice though.

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