Pity the poor printer who had to work from that!
That's still a fair bit better than my handwriting ... LOL...without software? The original hand-written manuscript of Great Expectations:
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That's still a fair bit better than my handwriting ... LOL.
However, I do still do a full first draft in hand written form before then typing it all into the computer.
Two reasons for that:
Firstly, I'm not a fast touch typist and find that the keyboard gets in the way of my thought processes as I'm trying to get the scene down as I think about it. Writing by hand is more natural for me and thus quicker and less intrusive on my thoughts.
Secondly, the typing phase gives me a chance for a first line edit where I often pick up on all sorts of issues and often substitute words and phrases and correct punctuation and grammar as I go.
But each to his own and those born more recently than me may well find keyboards a more natural way of composing their prose.
The real irony is that at school I was often marked down in English because my handwriting quality was so bad the teacher couldn't read what I had written.Like you Tim, I have some kind of "mystical" relationship with pen and paper. I can't explain it really but it "feels" as if thoughts flow from my mind through the pen unto the paper. However, as soon as I have something on paper I get it typed up immediately and then I start doing all my alterations. I have of course, learnt to compose on a p.c. just as easily- but the first love is never quite forgotten, is it? And it's a pity that schools nowadays don't consider learning to write with a pen and paper such a priority as it was in the past. Children miss out on that special bond that's called "handwriting."
My most disorganized client ever was poor dear Mal Peet. He’d write swathes of text, from various parts of the book, then pore over them for days, like a giant jigsaw, figuring out how to connect them up...
Thatś exactly what I do. I wish I knew how to do it better. Ive been trying to put my jigsaw puzzles together for years now.
Just hope that your manuscript doesn't end up as the writing equivalent of Tim Klein's jigsaw montages!
Jigsaw Puzzle Mashups by Tim Klein (9 Photos)