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Adam Israel
How do you first draft? 
12th-Dec-2007 08:43 am
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I started out writing everything longhand in a notebook and typing it up on a computer when it was finished. Eventually, I skipped directly to computer input because, computer geek that I am, I thought that would be more efficient. I had some inspiration to try writing longhand again recently. I sat down with my little moleskin notebook that I usually use for ideas and started to write. In a few days, I had finished the first draft of a story that had been rattling around in my head since last summer's short story workshop. That has since been typed up, edging in just over the 1,500 word count. A sweet spot for this particular story. I'm already several pages of scrawl into the next story.

Obviously everyone is different and you go with what works for you. I'm curious as to what the rest of you do when you're writing a first draft.

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12th-Dec-2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
I've got to type it. I type much faster than I write, and it's the only way I can keep up with my brain when things start flowing. But like you said, everyone finds what works for them...
12th-Dec-2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
I used to write my first drafts longhand and still have many of those old things. I still write all my poetry longhand before typing it up, and I still write almost all my notes longhand. But a keyboard goes so much faster - I can keep up with the flow of things better - and it makes revision so much more efficient.
13th-Dec-2007 03:36 am (UTC)
I wrote half of my first novel long hand on multiple legal pads. I hated having to type it all into a computer later. Since then I use the computer for all my writing. I still write in my pocket size notebook I that I use for ideas. But after having run one of those through the washer by mistake, I tend to transfer my notes to the computer as a back up.

In the end, if I'm inspired it does not matter what I use. But I prefer the computer.
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