I experience what Devine Lu Linvega, at LibrePlanet 2022, mentioned about slow activities when I write on paper before I write on a keyboard. When I take the time to write it out by hand, I generally like writing more, and I feel like it comes more readily. I have experienced a notable shift in tone, pacing and rhythm when using different sizes of paper. And I’ve noticed a different timbre when using pencils instead of pens; said in another way,
A risky hand races with a pencil knowing
strikes can be made undone just as fast,
but a cautious hand strikes the page with pen,
there is no going back.
Alixander Court 2022/03/20
I’ve also noticed too that cursive is more pleasant than print. Cursive also has a speed to it. I prefer using cursive; my morning writing is entirely written out by hand before it gets typed up. When ever possible, I try to write my text messages and mastodon replies by hand first before I send or post them. I’ve found that my messages come from a more sincere place when written first. Am I 100% on that, no. But my experience writing leads me to believe that the more I pursue the source, the more real my writing tends to be. Which I imagine you want as much as me.
Where does your slow work take place? For me it is writing tool and paper, for others it might be the pan and spatula, or the anvil and hammer. It would be neat to discover where you go to connect with your creative source, if you would not mind sharing.
Thank you for joining me today, I wanted to show you something I am really proud of.
This is my novel propped up on my desk.
After I finished penning edits into its pages I tore its covers off.
Each chapter gets torn from the spine so it is easier to work with. I bind the book with an elastic that I got from a Christmas present from 2020.
My edit process
I use Vim to implement the pen edits into the text file.
This is a git message showing that a commit has been made to the repo where the book lives.
The sticky on the front, I use it to tally the chapter edits that have gone into the repo. I have committed 40 chapters into the repo. I have 10 more chapter edits left to implement into the repo.
My bookmark and letter of encouragement
This is a letter I wrote to myself. I use as a bookmark, it reminds me that as long as I keep moving forward I’ll have someone there to support me. It shows my Po Box address, you are welcome to write me anytime.
PO BOX 3721 SLC, UT 84110
This is what the letter looks like:
The letter reads,
Thank you, first of all, for taking the time to read my letter. I know you took great pains to make time for it.
The reason for my writing is to let you know that I greatly admire you for having the first printed proof on your desk. I feel great pride in knowing that you put in the time to get your words onto the printed page. Truly proud.
Now I know that creativity is difficult, there are so many easier things you could do with your time. But I am here to tell you, for absolute certian [sic], that it is the best use of your time. Now, don’t mistake me for saying that writing is the best use of your time. I said being creative. Creativity comes in many forms, and I hope you wouldn’t limit yourself to thinking only one art is the best for you. All creative expression is important to the… gods, as it were.
Again, I am grateful for you putting in the time and making use of your desire and interest to write Without Power. Really, super cool!
Please know I am here when ever you need an encouraging and compassionate friend.
Yours, truly, your biggest fan,
Well that’s what I wanted to share with you today. I am really proud of where I am at so far and I can hardly believe that I am almost done with getting the edits into the text.
Once I am done with the edits, I will be recording me reading the chapters for the audio book.
And then after that, I will be putting my book up for sale.
So yeah, thank you letting me share and for stopping by. I hope to have you stop by again soon.