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I have always tended to hand-write my work. First of all, it’s a more sensuous experience. I like to write on newsprint because it absorbs ink so well. My writing implement varies from gel pen, to pencil, to fountain pen depending on how much juice I feel I’ve got that day (using a pencil or fountain pen allows me to slow down). Gel pens come in various colors so that I can choose a different color depending on my mood. The color stimulates my creative mind which helps if I’m feeling blocked or lazy. Second, hand-writing is more creatively stimulating to me than typing on a keyboard. I am connected to the words – their letters and shapes as well as their meanings.
Because I hand-write, I can write anywhere if I have even a scrap of paper and anything to write with. I prefer coffeeshops – the music and conversation distract the area of my mind that likes to be distracted and the creative part takes over.
After I have entered my hand-written work into the computer, I print it out and edit it by hand. My most popular place for doing this is on my couch, although I sometimes take the work to a coffeeshop as well. Of course, this means that I have to enter the edits into the computer at some point, and there is a downside to editing this way. Sometimes I edit out a sentence in a paragraph and leave a word or the extra period. This is a problem for me and others to catch in proofreading.
About the Author:Alana Cash is an award-winning author and filmmaker who used to spend summers on her grandparents farm at the foot of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. When she was ten, a red-headed stranger rode up on horseback asking her grandfather if there were horses needing to be broken. The cowboy wore spurs and a cowboy hat and was pretty exciting. Decades later, Alana wondered if any of the women living in that farming community got a crush on that wandering cowboy, and intending to write a short story about that romantic day, Alana ended up writing the novel TOM’S WIFE.
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