You’d be surpried how the tools you write with frames the work.
Computers frame us in many ways, particularly through screen size and the way we interface with it. A lot of writers today use Word or Scrivener – yet, no matter how flexible that is, we’re still going to be limited by what the programmers think writers need, and by the way they think writers work.
In this day and age the onus is on to get an edge – to think laterally. And one way to do that is to change your writing framework. Here are some tips:
1. Plan your writing with pen and paper (the most flexible medium I know of).
2. Compose the actual text on the computer, sure – it’s fast, convenient and necessary – but use it like a typewriter.
3. Once you’ve edited it, print the resulting file and do a final edit on paper. Sure, you have to type your correx back into the computer – but the effect here is the change of medium. Spread the pages out on the floor. You can’t do that wuith a screen – and it gives you the whole work at a glance. Does it tell you anything?
4. At any of these stages, you can also change your environment – go and write somewhere new. That’s part of the frame, too.
Do these techniques work for you?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013