8 thoughts on “Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  1. Joe,

    I like that topic and have tried to find a way that works for me.

    I currently type a draft at double line space (I could even space it out more on certain machines), without stopping much, except to cross out a word or two. Once I have drafted enough pages for that session, I go back and hand write corrections and edits between lines and in the margins. This gets re-typed at double line space and goes through another hand writing edition. If I am happy with it, I will type it in final form.

    That might be seen as a very inefficient process and that’s ok. I have been researching what process writers use with a typewriter and love to hear and read how others do it. Always looking for ways to improve.

    Daniel Burgoyne

  2. John Baird: I always enjoy your posts — each like an article from the Encyclopedia Britannica, but with color and a real voice. Thank you. I always learn something I should have known, and have to fight the urge to plunge down an information rabbit-hole rather than completing my work.

    JVC: Back in the Dark Ages, my college writing instructor insisted we submit drafts as double-spaced typewritten pages (though they could be computer printed), and that we retain a copy of each draft. He would then return them with markups, in much-feared red ink, and we would revise in longhand using the unmarked draft copy, which he would review before returning it with more red ink before we finalized it. An exhausting but positive process, precisely because most writers *do* think quite differently when composing with a pen vs. a keyboard.

  3. I like watching the gracefulness of the wind turbines. Then I think of all the birds they kill because no one studied migratory bird routes, and those don’t reflect all the local flock gatherings before migration. Besides, birds don’t follow man-made maps. Best clean energy is still hydrogen fuel cells until we get cold fusion.

  4. Brendan: The stuff I turn out on a typewriter or word processor doesn’t seem any different from what I used to scribble in longhand, which I don’t do anymore other than to sign checks or make out a grocery list. I sometimes pencil in a word or two when editing my page for OTP, but that’s all. I suppose it depends on what a writer’s comfortable with. Marilynne Robinson wrote Housekeeping in longhand because she found the noise of a typewriter to be distracting.

  5. Joe ABQ, I like the picture you took of your journal page. The visual is cool; like a thread of creativity.

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