For generating ideas and getting things that are stuck in my head out of my head, I prefer writing by hand. It’s quicker and it’s messier and uglier, but it’s quicker. I don’t agonize over misspelled words or even constructing full sentences. I wasn’t always like this. I used to jot everything down, even really stupid, nonsensical things, in word documents that were then placed into neatly organized and properly labeled folders on my computer. I don’t have time for that anymore or I don’t care anymore. Anything that isn’t a first draft goes into a journal or notebook that I carry with me everywhere. It’s liberating to conveniently whip it out when I have something swirling in my head that needs to get out. What’s good might make it into a blog post or a story draft and what’s bad can stay between the pages and never see the light of day.
Which is great because I can cut down on the nonsense that I put on this blog. I don’t exactly feel pressured anymore to put up new content. That’s fewer things living on the internet that will make me cringe when I revisit them months later. When it’s past my bed time, it’s better that I’m putting half-baked thoughts into a crappy journal instead of on the internet. Though I just might be failing with this post.