Return of the Notebook?

I’m toying with the idea of returning to writing my novel by hand in a Moleskine notebook rather than writing on my laptop as I have been lately. What I hope to accomplish with this is to turn off the inner critic. Basically, I just keep working on the same 1000 words at the beginning of my novel, over and over again. This is easy to do electronically. Not so easy with pen and paper. My plan, if I choose to go this route is to do one day of writing in the notebook, then the next day typing what I wrote, and then repeat the process. It seems like twice the work, but maybe this will help me move things forward.


I have had a pretty nice response to my Ficlet Civil War on an Unknown Planet I posted here yesterday. In addition to the two nice comments posted here, the story has been read 27 times and rated 7 times over at the Ficlets site with an average rating of 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not bad. Also, someone has posted a sequel.

4 thoughts on “Return of the Notebook?

  1. I ‘try’ and stick to the rule not to edit a story until it’s finished. Maybe writing in a notebook would be a good way of forcing you to move the story along.

    Most of my first drafts would make no sense at all if anybody ever read them. I change my mind about things halfway through, so you’ve got characters where they weren’t previously, or with name changes, or reappearing from the dead (not part of the story), I just make notes and then fix everything up once the first draft is done. Of course I often change my mind again later and have to change things again, but at least if I put off the changes until the end of a draft it stops me constantly working on a single piece of the story.

  2. I never edit anything until the first draft is finished. I want to see the end and see if there is any hope of turning into something worthwhile.

  3. What a daring, exciting experiment! I don’t know if I could do it unless I was physically separated from my laptop, which is shameful to admit. I’ve gotten too used to typing out my thoughts, but there was a time when I did write by hand and, it’s true, I wonder if now there is something missing. I wouldn’t write a paragraph in my notebook and then spend days reworking it, like I do on my computer, I’d just keep writing!

    I’d love to hear what you decide and how this goes…

  4. Nova – I will post what I decide to do. In theory it sounds like a good idea, but I am lazy and I’m not sure if I can do twice the work (handwriting then typing). I do need to change something though.

    See, I’m torn even in the comments 🙂

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