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March 28, 2011

Writing On Paper First Contrast To Writing On The Computer First

Filed under: Uncategorized — register1 @ 9:17 pm

Writers use to write on paper and then type on a typewriter. Now writers write on paper and then on a computer. Many writers only write on their desk top or laptop, instead of on paper. The question I have in my mind is which is more effective. Is writing on a piece of paper first, better and more effective than solely writing on a computer? Of course, many writers find one way better than the other. But which way is easier? I always write on paper first before transferring the words to my laptop. I decided to experiment to see which is easier and more effective; writing on paper or the computer only. I also tried to write key short notes on my smart phone instead of on a small writing pad.

After doing this experiment, I found that I enjoyed writing on electronic devices at first. Then one day, I found myself distracted and made a mistake by accidentally pressing the wrong button that deleted one section of my notes. On another day, when writing on my laptop, I was rushing to do something that I needed to do, I made a mistake and exit out of word document when the computer said save and accidentally pressed the “no” button. Now, this does not usually happen. I am very good at saving on my computer. I am rarely distracted, but I realized writing on paper first was better, especially on busy days. I found it easier to go back to my notebook as a backup.

In my opinion, writing only on a computer and not on paper looks easier, because you don’t have to write the same thing again. I believe it is easier and more effective writing on paper first. If you’re not ready to print out the whole novel manuscript or any kind of writing after you type it and something happens to the computer and even a flash drive, paper is always handy. After I finish typing, I make sure to print out the hard copy, which is on paper. Writing on paper first is easier and more effective. Again, this does not work for every writer, but I think it is the best way.

March 16, 2011

Critiques Are Important For All Material Submissions

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It is crucial to have someone else look at your finish manuscript. I also learn that it is equally important to have someone else also look at your finished query letter, cover letter, synopsis, and outline. The query letter and cover letter helps me with making my story more clearer. You know when you re-read and edit you material constantly; the draft of a query letter helps the manuscript. When another person reads it the first time, the mistakes and some parts not connecting with the manuscripts is present. Some writers realize that there is a difference in some parts of the query letter that is not matching or align with the manuscript as a whole. I actually believe that this critique is important and actually a great thing, even though I have to go back and flip through over one hundred pages of chapters to find what is not making sense and then rewrite and/or delete again. I realized this short one page letter is actually a powerful piece that can shape your manuscript. A query letter is made to be submitted to an editor or literary agent. Before it is submitted, it should align with what the manuscript is all about. When it is not fully align with what you thought the whole manuscript was about, it helps you to go back once again to make necessary changes. Our stories in our heads sometimes go much faster to what we write down on paper. The query letter helps with this. Of course, the outline is always the first and most important thing to write before you do a manuscript. What I found is that some writers such as myself, write and write, following the outline. Yet, it sometimes can be difficult to condense the beginning to end; the theme; what it is about summed up in less than 30 seconds. It is o.k. to be a writer with this, not every writer is the same. Yet, knowing that not only a manuscript needs another set of eyes and critique discussions, but the query letter, cover letter, synopsis, outline, all have to match up. This will let you, as the writer, be satisfied with presenting a completed and understandable work.  Then, the readers, with final review, will clearly know what the story is about before it is submitted to editors and literary agents.

March 5, 2011

Revisions

Filed under: Uncategorized — register1 @ 3:22 pm

Revisions are not slow and dreary when I revise articles and poetry I wrote. It only takes about 30 minutes to do revisions for these. When it comes to novel drafts, doing a revision is long. After the first revision is completed, I have to start on page one again and do multiple revisions. Novel writing is enjoyable, but takes a lot of patience. It is alright to think of writing everything down all at once, but in reality, it takes months or more to write each chapter. Each month brings new ideas, because ideas are everywhere. Yet, revision is honestly tedious sometimes, but has to be done. Sometimes, I think, if only the manuscript was near perfect, just perfect! That is obviously a dream to have a manuscript perfect when I finish the last chapter. There are pros and cons for revisions. The cons are correcting, rewriting, and adding what I did not write in the story constantly. I have to do this multiple times. I also have to put it down and come back to it with fresh eyes, so that I can have a clear idea than before.  The pros are practice and the feeling after completing a potential novel. Practice is always important after writing a manuscript. You are your own editor. You want to be proud of your work and finish the manuscript. I believe I want to have a full and well read manuscript in my hand. Doing revisions and completing it is necessary, but all is worth it at the end. Hard work, in this case, multiple revisions, does pay off.

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