The early days of January are long and cold and involve being trapped in a house by snow and frozen walkways. The only things keeping me warm are my robe and the extra carbs I shouldn’t have eaten during the holidays. All of which I regret now. The positive effect of this type of weather is that it always gives us the time to write, read, and dream. Since we have already entered a new year, now is a time to reflect and imagine.
If you are a regular readers of this blog you know in November I participated in Nanowrimo and started working on a new novel that is a western involving vampires. I did not “finish” I. E. write 50,000 words in a month but I made a lot of progress and I learned a lot and even tried something new: I changed my input method while I wrote.
I started typing my story in the beginning of the month, needless to say, it took a long time to fill up the page even when I was typing my longer sentences and fastest word rates. I decided to try writing it out longhand it was not a method I had done since grade school. Instead of slowing down my creativity I think it has sped it up. I have not typed any of the new stuff into my electronic form so I have not seen if it has affected word count any but as far as creative and my mood is a lot better.
A few benefits of writing instead of typing your story are there doesn’t seem to be restrictions just putting words on notebook paper. Notebook paper doesn’t seem to be as pristine as the blank computer screen. It allows a freedom to enjoy the journey as you write your story one word at a time. It also shows all of your ideas so you can see all of the steps your draft has taken. If you delete an idea on the computer screen it is gone forever.
I also have been planning for Scrawl cast to contain episodes related to books. I would like to have some reviews as well as other book related content. I have been wanting to do this podcast because I am a reader then a writer second. Expect a cornucopia of book genres covered including: science fiction and fantasy books mix of historical fiction, mystery, thriller, horror, non-fiction, memoir, and comic books (or graphic novels I’d you are an elitist). I am excited about this project because reading is one of the few ways it is socially acceptable to imagine. It is a small reminder that imagination is not just child’s play, it is everyone’s play.
I hope that this new year brings creative, beautiful, and meaningful work to me and you, my fellow writers, artists, and creators. Here is to 2015.