I write by hand and then I type it. But I have to write the first draft by hand. […]
I write by hand and then I type it. But I have to write the first draft by hand. Now, don’t tell me about the computer — I know the computer is wonderful. I remember one writer friend of mine … said, “I don’t want to use a computer because it’s too entertaining.” It’s not writers’ masochism that makes some few of us continue to hold out against this — it’s that it is better if it goes slower, at least I think so. It’s good to feel it in your hand and it’s good to be able to just think… . .
Maybe a writer who grows up with computers would not feel this way, but then, I think, the writing will be different. Let’s put it this way: Writing, like painting, is artisanal. It’s one of the few artistic activities which does require solitude. Most other art activities do involve people and are collaborative… . To be an artist or a writer is to be this weird thing — a hand worker in an era of mass production. – Susan Sontag
I resonated with this very strongly. I write all my poems by hand first. Everything starts with pen and paper – ideas, free-writes, first drafts – and only later do I type things up and then revise and edit them again. There is definitely something for me about the physical act of writing which helps the creative process along.
An extract from this Brainpickings article: The Project of Literature: Susan Sontag on Writing, Routines, Education and Elitism in a 1992 Recording from the 92Y Archives – highly recommended
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