|Despite what others might think, I do not write in code.|
I can read my scribbling quite well, thankyouverymuch.
(Most of the time.)
My wife claims even my trying-to-be-legible handwriting is indecipherable. This, on the other hand, is a fine example of me scribbling quickly with the idea that no one else can easily read it. Just as I don't show Draft Zeros to anyone, first runs of new paragraphs don't get shown to anyone either.
One of the big differences I've realized lately has to do with my general approach to writing. When I've been writing for steady stream of days the words tend to come more easily and I am far less of a perfectionist when it comes to those words.
If I haven't written for a while, I choke on the words, feeling a strenuous need to Get Every Word Exactly Right.
And, yeah, that's a sure way to kill of creativity.
|One of my favorite Far Side cartoons.|
I reference it often.
Not every section/scene needs to be perfect before I move ahead, but I need to have a clear idea of where I'm going and how my characters are reacting before I do.
In these hand-written drafts, as well as with my revisions, I have been doing much the same thing with individual words. When I hit a point in a sentence where The Right Word isn't in my head just yet, I'll scribble in a synonym and put angled brackets
Do you have any shorthand ways of making notes in your manuscripts? Do you ever hand-write your prose or are you entirely word-processing your text?