Why I’m Handwriting my First Drafts from Now On

What’s so different about this one, compared to my first novel, is that I wrote it all by hand in a notebook.

Jenna Goldsmith
Jun 18, 2020 · 5 min read

Flow, creativity, flow

The big issue I find with writing is my incredibly short bursts of creative energy. Usually, I can write in a somewhat-halting sprint for like 10 minutes before I get distracted by something else on the computer or my idea sputters out.

Word counts are a lie

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. If you enjoy having a word count goal, more power to you, but I found I worked best without one.

I found my voice

Maybe this isn’t something directly related to handwriting my novel, but it’s something I noticed while I was writing. My writer's voice came out.

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Editing is for the second draft

I wrote about this before, but handwriting seemed to quiet my inner editor. There was not much I could do after writing a scene but take note of something I wanted to be changed. I couldn’t fixate on it or waste time trying to get it right the first time.

Drafting was actually fun

My first novel was an important step in my writing life, but I didn’t have much fun drafting it. I was too caught up in the pressures of making sure it was “The Book” because I was so sure it was going to be published. Ha!


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