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The Pen and Paper Technique for Writers

Often times I have great ideas for a book or scene I’m writing, but the ideas are sometimes scattered in my brain. I know what I want to write, but I ‘m not sure how to express it. The details are somehow locked in a fog.

Sound familiar?

In a case like this, I employ what I call the pen and paper technique. If you’re like me, when the juices are flowing, you don’t waste time on pen and paper. You type right into the computer, and overtime, make the adjustments that you need to make. The pen and paper technique only comes in when I have a general idea for the story, but I remain stuck. The point of this technique, is to just write whatever is floating in my brain, whether it makes sense or not, whether it properly fits the scene or not, or whether it is chronologically upsetting to the story.

This technique has helped me in two ways:

1. It stops me from creating a mess on the draft in my computer. If I wrote directly into my draft every aimlessly floating word, the numerous deletes, edits and rewrites afterwards, would create a mess that would be confusing to me, and upsetting to the draft. So I take a paper and pen instead, and pour out the mess. This technique helps me lay out the story and unclog the rubbish, so that I gain a better understanding of where the story is headed. Once I have the scene/story all sorted out, I can type away into my draft.

2. When I type in my sorted out scene/story, my writing flows way better than the first time. Because I know where the story is going, it unlocks the best of my creativity, so that the dialogue is richer, descriptions are laced better with metaphors and other figures  of speech, and my general writing is denser. In other words, it makes a better writer out of me.
This technique is common among writers. I thought it would be good to write a post on how I use it, and how it helps me personally. To some writers, it’s not a pen and paper technique, it’s a computer screen and keyboard technique. In whatever way it works for you, stick with it. It will always make you a better writer.

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