Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

Ink? Paper? Pen? Check.

Written By: Tracy - Sep• 12•07

There is something really comfortable about writing with old fashoned ink and paper.  That’s the way I used to do it, way back when I started writing.  And that’s the way that about 65 percent of Tranquility was written.  Yes, re-typing is a pain.  But I honestly think that my best writing comes when I get back to the basics that way. 

The only explanation is that my roughest draft is the ink and paper draft, and as I transcribe, I also re-write and revise.  

Started a new story last night.  I have no idea where it’s going.  

Nightly report: 780 words of original fiction.

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6 Comments

  1. thats why i bought the first draft of Chains of freedom. it was a hand writen manuscript. i forget how many pages it was but it fasinated me to no end. This was also when her son was young, so she was dealing with him at the same time. i just resently got the second draft which was typed on a manual type writer. Thats another thing i am facinated with……

    • Tracy says:

      I wouldn’t be able to keep my first draft in order. I write on whatever slips of paper I have. so I have about eight or nine stories spread out over three or four notebooks, extra slips of paper, grocery sacks. But I’m more disorganized than Selina is.

      When I was first taking up writing, I wrote up my stories on an old manual typewriter untill my grandma bought me an electric. I’d kind of like to go back and find that old manual typewriter. It was an antique then.

      Two years back, when I worked for a trucking company, the girl in the next cubicle decided that she didn’t like me for some reason, so she complained to our superior that I typed too loud, and that it was destracting her.

      *shrugs* I guess I do hit the keys hard. But I learned by muscling through those old manual keys.

  2. muses_circle says:

    I have recently re-discovered the art of pen and paper when writing something for the first time. It’s why I always give my students the option to write their rough draft on the computer or with pen and paper: while re-writing is a pain, some people find it more productive and creative to have that writing utensil in hand.

    Explains why I have one subject spiral notebooks scattered everywhere in my house and at work.

    • Tracy says:

      The hardest part is transcribing. Especially if it’s been a while since I’ve done so, and the story has built up. But I like having been through it twice by the time it’s in the computer.

      • muses_circle says:

        Yes, one thing I’ve learned. The more I read through something I’ve written, the better the idea of detail, description, and organization I can get. Though tackling from paper to PC is tough when you haven’t looked at it for awhile, I suspect.