Back when I was in college, kids, before there were word processors, I wrote or typed my papers for school on the back of scratch paper and laid it out on the floor. To edit, I snipped it apart with scissors, taped in new paragraphs or rearranged it, and retyped it.
Lately how I’m making words flow in Rite of Return by handwriting in a notebook instead of typing. As you see in the photo, this time I’m not bothering to clip the pages apart to delete or tape in insertions.
Partly this is because my computer isn’t handy during some available writing time and a pen and notebook is. Partly it’s a mental trick: I know I have to transcribe the handwriting, so this really is a rough draft, so it’s okay if it’s . . . rough. Partly it’s the state of the story in my brain: I haven’t thought very far ahead of where I’m writing, so handwriting is about as fast as the words are ready. I can type much faster than I can hand write, but right now that rate isn’t the limiting factor.
Some people think their writing is different if they hand write versus type. I don’t know that my writing changes—I don’t know how you’d test this—but my mind-set when I sit down at the table is different at different stages of the story. I’m glad to have more than one means of getting words on the page.