Fig.1 But I used an iPad to take this pic and the App ‘Studio’ to add the text
I write on the facing page of a lined pad of paper; this is top of my head mode. I then read it through adding detail on the reverse page using the ‘scene building block’ to hint at approaches I may have missed: dialogue, the five senses, staying in the person’s head … On a third read I may fill some of the empty lines with corrections, additions and changes. Finally I type it up and post to my ‘Start Writing Fiction’ blog.
I was recently reading a post about the benefits of writing longform. For me, I find that writing by hand isn’t as fast as typing and I really want to share my thoughts as they happen. It’s nice to learn more about your technique here!
It has to be the case that what you write and how you write, or rather how you compose and tell a story will differ depending on how you do it: pen or pencil to paper, old typewriter or programme, desktop or tablet even. For ‘stream of consciousness’ I will touch type – I call that ‘jazz writing’ as the form is loose rather than formal, constructed writing to a brief and from a treatment. Good luck.