Handwriting for NaNoWriMo

27 10 2010

Okay, guys. It has been the last week of October. NaNoWriMo 2010 is just around the corner.

If you guys participate in this year’s NaNo, have you prepared what you’re going to write? Have you outlined everything or you’ll just write the first thing that will come into your mind? Well, if you can do the latter, then good for you. I honestly can’t, and I’m amazed some people really can do that. You’re awesome! 🙂

For this year’s NaNo, I have decided to use handwriting. And I suppose I must be nuts: I even rarely handwrite anything lately, ever since I gain a 24/7 access to personal laptop, and yet I’m planning to handwrite everything. Yay, I’m doomed! 🙂

On the other hand, when I handwrote everything, it feels like the story can flow more naturally, nearly as if I don’t even have to think about it. Personally, I think it’s because of two things. First, handwriting indeed is more natural for us. We learn handwriting ever since we’re so small, even before we learn to use computer’s keyboard (well, I just say this in general, though). And even though there’s no significant difference between them, what’s more natural to us is usually easier to do, just as we’re more accustomed to our mother language among the others (except if we spend more time using these “other” languages).

Secondly, well, handwriting is slower than typing. Not much, but just approximately 25% slower for me. And because of this extra time, too, we will get an extra time to think what the story will go on, how the characters will behave, and which scenario will be the best for it—all that sort of things. So, by the time we’re about to write the next sentence, we don’t have to wait anymore; the words have been there!

But that’s just a brief about handwriting for NaNo. If you’ll use typewriter or computer, that’s cool—your choice suits you the most. More importantly… NaNoWriMo is coming to town! 🙂

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