You might be asking yourself, “What in the heck is she talking about?” Well, here is a quote from the book that I think speaks volumes:
“Annie Dillard in an interview once ranted that computers can create huge mushrooming paragraphs. Sometimes with these computer keys I feel like I’m doodling on a piano or writing on water. It’s too easy to revise, to slash and burn without letting the writing cool, or even worse, to blither on and on into lethal mushroom clouds of words.”
When I read that I figured out why my old school method of using college ruled three hole punched binder paper with my ever trusty PhD .7mm lead mechanical pencil does really work better for me. I’m able to just write. No editing myself as I go along. I’m able to pencil down my thoughts and just write. I love it.
However, when I tried writing by typing directly into the computer, something was missing in that I didn’t let myself just write. I was constantly checking my stuff as I went along and somehow my stuff became shorter as a result.
So, even though I’m a technology nut and I love all my gadgets and gizmos, I still use the old school method that has been around for centuries.
Even for editing, I print off whatever it is I need to edit, read it out loud making my edits on the paper as I go along, then enter those edits into the computer. It’s just what works for me.