I’m a nostalgic girl. My parents always teased me that I was born 100 years too late. Before I got married, my grandmother used to complain that I dressed like an old school marm. I made my own wedding dress because I wanted a renaissance style wedding and didn’t have $1000+ to blow.
So um, yeah, I’m a scratcher.
If I could have found the supplies when I had more time on my hands, I might have tried writing with a quill and inkwell. Picture me, scribbling away like Louisa May Alcott…
Well, my two busy little boys popped that bubble. 😉
This issue is why NaNoWriMo terrifies me. I can’t seem to do my initial creation without a pen and paper. Therefore, I’m a significantly slower writer. I’ve participated in writing sprints with fellow authors. At the end, everyone posts their word count; 1432, 1625, 2164, 871 (but that person was interrupted because they had to referee their kids). I have one full hour of uninterrupted quiet time and I usually average (drumroll please) a whopping 600 words.
So yeah, November’s going to be a busy month for me.
To be honest, I get really itchy for pen and paper if I’ve gone too long without writing. When I worked for Verizon, I actually used to yearn to do research papers again like I had in college. I think the atmosphere of creative void is what finally pulled Harp Lessons out of me. But since I obviously couldn’t use my work computer to compose it, I ended up writing most of it by hand during my breaks.
I seem to recall trying to type some of the first draft, but I don’t really remember if I was successful.
There’s something about the fluid movement of the pen on the paper lulling me into the story the way the waves of the ocean lulls a seaman to sea. I become connected to the plot in a way that makes it seem more real than if I stared at a glowing screen.
NaNo word count: 3,806