Are you waiting for computer technology to help you finish that novel of yours?
For instance, do you pine for speech recognition software?
Are you holding out for some fabulous thought recognition software?
Well, it’s time to rethink those thoughts of yours.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote each of her Little House books using a number 2 pencil and nickel tablets. Forever the frugal pioneer girl, she used both sides of each page and filled in all of the margins.
Novelist Truman Capote used a similar process — although his also involved chain smoking, which I don’t recommend.
Joyce Carol Oates writes in longhand for up to eight hours a day.
Amy Tan does the same for all of her early drafts.
Quentin Tarantino pens his screenplays with actual pens.
And the infamous Jack-of-all-genres Neil Gaiman balances the old and the new beautifully. He writes his screenplays on a computer, but prefers to draft his novels by hand.
So, forget the latest and greatest —
Infuse some new life into your writing by going old-school this week.
And for inspiration —
Check out this clip of Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, and The Roots performing “Let It Go” with some simply fabulous, truly “old-school” musical instruments.
PROMPT: Get off the technology train — Let It Go by embracing the power of the pencil for just one week. See what a little old-school can do for you.