Methods to Madness

Hi, Hey, Hello!

So I started trying something new this week. That something being that I have started to handwrite my blog posts up.

This is for a couple of reasons.

1) I own a lot of notebooks and a lot of them are blank.Which kind of defeats their purpose.

2) My handwriting has reached a new level of awful and I am trying to semi pull it back.

Like I said I haven’t been doing it for all that long, however I can tell that it might actually be the way forward for me.

If it wasn’t obvious, I’m kind of in some kind of blog rut. This has been for a few reasons as well. One, I’m trying to write The Thing and two, the fear of the blank page is real. When you have almost nothing in your head and you don’t quite know where you’re gonna go that black blinking curser on that white blank screen is a lot. It’s daunting.

When you can come to that blank page and know that you’ve got a shit ton of black ink on some lined paper it’s a lot less terrifying.

It also means that I can write my ideas down faster. Pen and paper is more immediate, once I go to that with something it’s easier for it to flow with me and I get a more solid picture of what the idea is trying to be. I kind of forgot that this was the case with me.

I find also that it helps me regulate my damn rambling. I can physically see how much space a post is gonna take up when it’s scrawled onto some paper. It eliminates the chance of me just getting lost in a thought and the sentence running on for decades. Don’t get me wrong, it still happens (it might very well be happening now) but when I’ve already written it I can see what maybe needs to go and I can see where the messy parts are that need to be tidied up. I’ve been really bad at self-editing almost any post that has gone up in the past couple of months because when it’s on the screen I just miss things.

When you gotta transfer it from page to screen you catch a lot more. Which means that posts from here on out will actually probably be less messy. And also it means that the post gets actually written a lot quicker, because it’s there and I’m a quick typer.

Like I said, this has been a new development, which is mostly why my posting schedule this week has been kind of off. But I’m feeling like this will make things clearer for me and will help regulate my schedule that way and I can finally feel like my blogging mojo might just come back. This place has felt a bit like a behemoth recently, but I’m starting to feel like it’s my space on the internet again.

And also, seriously I really need to use those blank notebooks again…(and I still can’t title for shit)

Parentheses count: 2. See you tomorrow!

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Sophie

Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

3 thoughts on “Methods to Madness

  1. 🙂 The secret is to fill up the blank space with one word at a time. So, in my case, writing is not daunting for me. I specialize in producing long-form content.

    I am guessing that it is very time-consuming to type the written content on your computer.

    On a positive note, you are putting your notepads to good use.

    I would like to suggest, that you use an additional notepad to jot down any ideas that you may have for an upcoming blog.

  2. I thought I was the only one with a ton of empty notebooks. xD I get that whole “this is a really nice notebook and I don’t want to mess it up with my nonsense” feeling when I go to write in one. So mostly they just die in the corner of my room. >_< I'm glad his method is working much better for you! It makes sense that it would make it easier to edit doing it this way. Can't wait to see your new blogs up soon ^_^

    1. I have this compulsion to buy new ones all the time because there are loads in Paperchase that suit my ‘style’ as it were and so whenever I see a new one I just get it and then they collect dust. I get the feeling though, the first page of all my notebooks has to be pristine, what follows on the consequent pages I do not care about, they are a mess! Thanks for reading

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