In Which I Reveal My Plans For The Summer

I disappeared again! I apologize. I’ve been dealing with some ongoing health issues and I’m still getting used to the logistics of living in a new place. Anyway, I’ve decided to buckle down this summer and write through an entire draft of my new WIP, The Island of the Moon. BUT this is also going to be an experiment for me because I’m going to try to free write the entire draft by hand. I have a binder and a bunch of looseleaf papers so I can move things around. And I’m going to make a collage for the cover because that’s how writers procrastinate.

Why do I want to free write the draft by hand? Partly because typing hurts my hands and arms and partly because I want to stop myself from fussing with language, which usually happens when I type. I want to use the binder instead of a notebook because then I can move scenes around, draft out of order, throw things out if I want to, rewrite scenes. Basically I want to give myself as much flexibility and freedom as I can. Why free writing? Because drafts intimidate me. A draft is serious business. Free writing is exploration. Once I finish the draft I have some voice recognition software I can use to type it out without hurting my hands.

I’ve never tried this before so I have no idea if it will work, but I’m excited about it. I’m also going to focus on research as much as I can. So I’ll be reading books about Spain, the Mediterranean Sea and its history and culture, myths and legends of the ocean, and whatever else comes up. One resource I’m really excited about is the website rvte.es. It’s the website for radio and television in Spain and they have a lot of documentaries and shows you can watch for free. I’m definitely going to take advantage of that.

I’ll try to keep checking in to give you an update on my progress and I might also post any interesting historical or mythological tidbits I come across. My deadline is October 1 so I have about five months. Please feel free to nag me incessantly.

10 thoughts on “In Which I Reveal My Plans For The Summer”

  1. So you’ll be like a living Scrivener–physically moving your scenes in different folders. Cool. I also find that I write more when I write by hand than when I type for some reason. Do you find this to be the case?

    1. Yes, haha! I was actually thinking that as I was writing this. OMG, it’s just like Scrivener! I think it depends. It’s easier for me to get into the flow of writing when I type because I know I can so easily change things. It’s like I need that reassurance psychologically. But there have definitely been times in my life when I wrote a great deal by hand. And I would like to recapture that sense of freedom. I think I got out of the habit of handwriting at VCFA because typing was so much faster and we had deadlines.

  2. What a fabulous experiment. I completely understand why you are trying this new way of writing. I fuss with language too. Good luck–and I can’t wait to hear how it comes out.

  3. Thanks for those links! I’m going to check them out too. I’ve decided to continue the story I started in the Portuguese class, which is set in Lisbon. I don’t think I’ll continue writing it in Portuguese, though. My professor advised me to switch to English because she thought I’d finish a lot faster. She probably doesn’t want to keep correcting it either.

    1. Yay, Lyn! That’s so cool you’re writing a story set in Lisbon and in Portuguese, too! Lol, although I understand the desire to switch to English. I don’t think I could write a story in Portuguese without looking up every other word. What is your story about?

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