Tip of the Day: Another creepy research fact--there's a haunted stretch of Interstate 4 outside Daytona Beach called the Dead Zone, rumored to be the locale of over 2000 deaths. (I should start LiveJournaling all my weird research facts.)
I recently received a beautiful gift: a canister of inspirational pencils. Each pencil has one of the following inspiring quotations:
"Start to write, and let one thing lead to another." - Ring Lardner
"The shorter and the plainer, the better." - Beatrix Potter
"Inspiration comes from working every day." - Charles Baudelaire
"Words are the voice of the heart." - Confucius
"Write what makes you happy." - O. Henry
I'm really starting to believe these are good luck pencils. With them came sunny weather in upstate New York. My kids have been stuck inside all winter and they want out, out, out. For me, it's the beginning of spending every Saturday and Sunday in my backyard (except for my husband's rare weekend days off in the summer, when we'll drive to a lakeside beach).
My pencils and I have been out on my patio furniture and I've been filling a legal-sized, lined notebook with scribbles while my kids tear up the swingset. I tried bringing my laptop outside, but the sun glares off the screen and I can't see a thing. Anyway, I like writing longhand. True, I have to type it all out later. But I like that, too. Instead of sitting at my PC at night staring at a white screen, I have words to fill it with--and then I can keep going.
I've also taken a nonfiction book outside with my notebook and pencils and made research notes. Thanks to my new pencils, I feel like I'm going to get tons of writing done this summer.
It's funny; I'm proud of my techno-computer nerdish leanings and I never used to understand writers preferring to write longhand. It seemed so backward. Typing is faster, easier! All hail the cut and paste! Watch me open up Internet Explorer and have the answer to every question at my fingertips. Crazy longhand writing hermits.
But I'm totally converted now. My pencils can go everywhere with me and they're a lot lighter than my laptop. I'm happy with the quality of what I wrote outside this week. Maybe my brain needed the Vitamin D boost.
Anyone else have good luck writing longhand, or out in the sun?
--Kate, Miss Apprentice Writer