Wednesday, November 11, 2009

hand writing

since i am back from frankfurt, i spent some time each day with a notebook (of the paper kind). just me, the page, a pen. and words. in another place than a computer screen.

"it makes a difference," i wrote to a friend. and it does. most of my recent short work comes from this paper nest. like, "Absorb". or the micro story that i wrote for fictionaut: "Three" - which actually was a poem in the beginning. -- not sure if writing on paper would work for longer texts for me. (i probably would need to work on my handwriting first.)

but so fitting, the mail i received today: the Nano pep talk. this time, from Lynda Barry. starting with those lines:

"Dear Writer,
Reconsider your hand. Reconsider writing by hand. There is a kind of story that comes from hand. Writing which is different from a tapping-on-a-keyboard-kind-of-story. For one thing, there is no delete button, making the experience more life like right away."

here's a link to the pdf: the whole Lynda Barry pep talk, handwritten.

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