It’s not as romantic as it sounds. In truth it’s not romantic at all. While most of the world gets to use the latest in technology as they tackle the challenges of National Novel Writers’ Month, I get to experience how novelists worked in the 18th Century. As many Connecticut cities and towns deal with Day 3 without power as a result of last weekend’s freak snow storm, I will be starting my first NaNoWriMo entry using the old tools of the trade–pen and paper by candlelight. This is not my normal method of writing. I prefer to write on my laptop, but that’s not an option.
Many writers prefer writing their first draft by hand. I’ve never done it, so I am going to get a chance to compare it against using technology. I am looking forward to it. Writing in the dark adds to the normal challenges of cranking out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I start tonight.
Stay tuned for updates.