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Writing By Hand

Nowadays, nearly everyone uses a keyboard when they need to write something down. Especially writers, when they’re writing their books. It’s logical as well. It’s faster, easier to edit and you will need it typed up in the end anyway. For years, I have always written everything down on my keyboard as well, but lately I have found it incredibly difficult to write on my books as long as I’m near my laptop.

Somehow, writing by hand has fixed that.

I have always carried a notebook with me, but only for writing down ideas until I could get to a computer. Sometimes in class, I would do some actual writing in my notebook as well, but it has never been the way I preferred to do it. After all, it’s a hassle not being able to just delete and rewrite a sentence, and it’s just a bore to have to type it all up later. But actually, writing by hand seems to make my writing flow easier!

Lately, I have had no motivation to sit down by my computer and type. I think it might have something to do with all the distractions it provides me, and the fact that I always have so many things I ought to do while my computer is turned on. I should check my email, get back to the people who have sent me messages, check 117 different social networks, get around to promoting my books and so many other things it makes me dizzy. It’s not really good for the creative process to be at a keyboard!

The times I have forced myself to write, I have found myself staring at the cursor for an eternity, not feeling like writing anything at all. But that never happens if I’m writing with old-fashioned pen and paper.

I don’t have to feel inspired, or even motivated, because as soon as I open my notebook, I’m able to write. My hand just moves and words form underneath the tip of my pen, and I just write. I don’t analyze every sentence, go back to edit while I’m still writing or end up running myself into a corner. I just write, and it’s so freeing!

While having taking a long break from writing Silent Sound because my computer seemed to suck any will to write out of me, I suddenly have notebooks filled with entire chapters just because I started writing on paper instead. I find myself packing my writing tools in my bag everytime I go somewhere, because maybe, just maybe, I will have time to sit down somewhere to write without distractions.

The summer also helps. I don’t have to decide between writing or enjoying the weather. Why not take the dogs with me to the forest and sit down on a bench there while they play in the grass? The fresh air definitely doesn’t hurt the creativity either.

Of course there’s drawbacks too. My fingers always start cramping, but I stubbornly keeps writing until I can’t use my hand anymore. For some reason, it’s more important to me to finish up a part if I’m writing it on paper and I always end up hurting myself.

It’s also easier to forget your surroundings. At the convention I attended in May, I sat down at one point to relax with some writing and I must have been really caught up in it, because at some point I looked up to see a friend of my mine watching me from across the table. He scared the crap out of me! I had not known he was there at all, and apparently he had been sitting there for a while. He thought it was funny that I was so caught up in writing that I hadn’t noticed him sit down at all…

He might have thought it was hilarious, but I kept looking up from what I was doing nervously for the duration of the con. This should be a rule: Never stare at people when they write. Ever. It creeps them out.

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New Facebook Page

Facebook IconI finally made a proper Facebook page and I must say I’m already enjoying it.

Their new page design and Timeline update really open up for some great opportunities to create a unique and interactive site. Gone are the generic and boring Fan pages as you can now personalize the design within seconds. I’m in love.

Never really liked Facebook much before(Properly because I really don’t care what people had for lunch an hour ago…), but I’m really positive about my new page! I’m pretty sure it’s because I can make the header purple now…

Go check it out and join me to talk books or whatever else you might want to chit-chat about(It IS Facebook after all…)! I’m also dying to talk to some other fantasy authors, and I’m currently looking for books to feature on the page and I would rather showcase indie books than ones everyone knows already.

Check it out:

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28 Inspirational or Humorous Quotes by Writers

A small collection of fantastic quotes about writing that always put a smile on my face!

1.”A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”

– Sidney Sheldon

2. “A critic is a legless man who teaches other people to run.”

– Channing Pollock

3. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

– E.L. Doctorow

4. “What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.”

– Burton Rascoe

5. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

– Stephen King

6. “It’s not plagiarism – I’m recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do.”

– Uniek Swain

7. “An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.”

– Gustave Flaubert

8. “If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it – I might be writing in my dreams.”

– Terri Guillemets

9. “Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.”

– Robert Benchley

10. “Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.”

– Truman Capote

11. “I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”

– Stephen King

‎12. “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”

 – G. K. Chesterton

13. “Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.”

– Robert Benchley

14. “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.”

– André Gide

15. “Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear – and devils, too.”

– Terri Guillemets

16. “Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.”

– Jules Renard

17. “I write because I’m afraid to say some things out loud.”

– Gordon Atkinson

18. “If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it – I might be writing in my dreams.”

– Terri Guillemets

19. “It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”

– Sinclair Lewis

20. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”

– Saul Bellow

 21. “Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.”

– Samuel Johnson

22. “Most editors are failed writers – but so are most writers.”

– T.S. Eliot

23. “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

– Don Marquis

24. “A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”

– Baltasar Gracián

25.  “I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

– James Michener

26. “Asking a writer what they think about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it thinks about dogs.”

– Christopher Hampton

27. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”

– Jack London

28. “It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.”

– Robert Benchley