Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Charles Simic on writing by hand

[A] scrap of paper and a stub of a pencil are more preferable for philosophizing than typing the same words down, since writing a word out, letter by letter, is a more self-conscious process and one more likely to inspire further revisions and elaborations of that thought.

Take Care of Your Little Notebook (New York Review of Books)

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Pete said...

I do most of my editing by hand, marking up the transcribed printout of the previous draft. And on my latest book, I've even switched to editing in (non-mechanical) pencil - it just has a nicer feel to it than a pen does.