. . . Not physically, anyway.
Sure, I have a few notebooks laying around, and ideas written on small pieces of paper here and there, but I never actually write write a novel in a notebook. Why? Because it’s easier. First off, writing a whole novel in a notebook would destroy my poor hands, so it has always been out of the question. Secondly, writing a whole novel down in the notebook would be kind of pointless, considering that I a) upload my work online, so therefore, I would need to type it out anyway; and b) it’s a lot easier to edit using a program like Scrivener than out in paper. Jeez, what did writers do before computers!?
Anyway, I know there are people out there who are probably the opposite from me. Because after all, I used to be one of them. There was a time where I would have notebooks filled, scribbles of story ideas here, there, and everywhere — but eventually I came to the conclusion that it would just be easier if I typed things out. The more I wrote, the easier it was to type instead of write. The only downside to writing on a laptop/computer instead of doing it the old-fashioned way… Well, the distractions that come along with it.
So what are the positives and negatives of typing your novel instead of writing?
— It doesn’t hurt your hand as much
— It’s much easier to organize and keep track of your writing
— You can easily delete/add things wherever you’d like . . . whereas with hand writing, that’s almost impossible
— It’s so so so much quicker
— Like a lot of technology, it all eventually goes to shit, and there’s a relatively high chance that you might lose your work
— You’re more likely to be distracted by things on your computer
All in all, here’s how I do it: I write small ideas, paragraphs, and names/titles down, but I actually write and revise the novel by typing.
So what about you? Do you prefer to write on a computer/laptop, or using a good old-fashioned notebook? Let me know in the comments below.