My apologies to those of you who subscribe to QueryTracker and have already read Carolyn Kaufman's blog posting on the relationship between creativity and writing in longhand. If you haven't yet read it, I highly recommend it.
I'm not going to argue her point because I agree with her to a large extent. I believe that the more cursive writing (or any physical writing, for that matter) is devalued in our school systems, the more problems we are going to see among our youth when it comes to writing and creativity.
But it did get me thinking about the ways in which people used to write. I remember being struck by all the journaling T.E. Lawrence did as a young man traveling around Europe during his summer vacations from school and university. Not only did he write, but he made a point of sketching most places he visited. I know that Tolkien did a lot of sketching as he mapped out his LOTR fantasy series. Having embarked upon a fantasy series myself, I've felt the need to sketch out pictures of some of the scenes I plan on writing about.
But can you do that on a computer and, if so, how?
Kaufman's blog post gave me the key: Since I got an iPad, I'd been looking for just such an app and she recommended one--Penultimate. I love it! You can write or draw with it and keep it all organized without using scads of paper. I think there's a way to convert each project to a PDF file and, if so, then I could also save it in my Series Bible (see my last post two weeks ago if you're not sure what I'm talking about) along with all my other research and ideas for my series.
Perhaps some of you have experience in this area. If so, please share. Or perhaps some of you have to begin your writing or even your entire first draft in longhand. I'd love to hear your reasons why. I'd also love to hear if any of you tend to draw (characters or scenes) as you write.