I’ve started this new approach to writing. I’ve been working on what I call the “secret project” in longhand. It’s a totally new approach for me.
For our first anniversary – which is traditionally paper – my husband got me a beautiful leather-bound journal. (I got him a paperback book – see how creative we were?) I didn’t want to let it go to waste – I have several lying around that I haven’t written much in. But I had a hard time finding what to write in it.
I’d had this idea I’d been kicking around for a while in my head. I knew who my main character was, but I didn’t know all her backstory. I started scribbling some notes on pieces of paper here and there. Looking for quotes that pertained to the subject matter and jotting them down. Then one day, I sat down with the journal and just started writing.
I remember when I was first starting to write stories, I’d always written by longhand. I wonder where that novel is that I wrote on 200+ sheets of notebook paper? I haven’t seen it in years. Maybe this was a way for me to get back to my beginning. To write without rules. It feel really freeing. No page numbers. No word count to worry about. No paragraph markers. It was great! But the more I wrote, the more I realized I was actually writing this new story that I’d been thinking about for a few months. I finally typed up the first chapter which ended up being nearly 8,000 words.
The more I wrote, the more I liked it. It was such a totally different process and I found I didn’t fret so hard over the details as I did when typing on the computer. I also discovered that I learned more about my characters as I transposed the written word into the typed word.
I’ve filled in over half of the journal. Maybe when I have this first book finished, it will be completely filled. Wouldn’t that be cool?