Creating a manuscript may be one of the hardest things for writers to do. Some writers may not actually ever finish and create a manuscript. It is also possible that a writer can spend years and years on a manuscript and never finish it.
That being said, how do you write your manuscript? I am a writer and have my own way of doing it, as do most writers. Even if you ask a writer, what are you writing about…and you get the traditional blank stare, that is normal. BUT, if you ask, how do you write your stories, there are plenty of options and explanations of why. So, of the two most simple—handwriting and typing—which one is better?
Writers have been handwriting their manuscripts for centuries, but since the invention of the typewriter, typing made a world of difference.
But the feeling about handwriting still holds true to many writers: a personal experience of creating your story. There is something about writing each individual word out by hand the way it has been done for centuries that really creates a connection with the writer’s work.
I know writers that feel more connected to their writing while they write it by hand, but no matter the joy, they ultimately have to type it, but they are able to get everything perfectly fixed and edited the way the want before adding it officially to their computers.
I know plenty of writers who only type up their manuscripts, and I happen to be one of them. But, I have also found a flaw in having to edit that kind of manuscript…
When I edit the words I have typed on the screen, I find things here and there that I need to adjust, but if I print out the EXACT piece of the manuscript that I have already decided that I have completely edited already, I find much more to change. The difference in how much more I edit shocks me every time.
So, in the end, I find that typing up a manuscript first may be faster, but there will be plenty of hand-written edits created after the fact before typing begins again.
No matter what you are writing or how you think you should write or how others tell you how you should write…my advice is to try out which way you like to write and then make your own decision.
Writing can be a difficult thing or can be a simple thing. Depends if you are a newbie at writing or a professional like Stephen King, although I would say that he takes as much time as others and has his own share of troubles.
Either way…have fun writing no matter how you do it.
Miscelleana Rhinehart enjoys typing her new stories on her Mac while also sharing her perspective on Queens Hyundai dealers.