Quick Tips: Write It Out Longhand

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Quick Tips | 0 comments

Quick Tips: Write It Out Longhand

Quick Tips: Write It Out Longhand


This week’s quick tips is very easy. Try writing out your story longhand. In fact it’s something that many writers have done before ever setting a word to type, but as an avenue it’s been lost in today’s technical age.  When I first started writing, I had journals and journals stacked in my closet. Back fifteen to twenty years ago, writers’ focus wasn’t putting their content online or seeing how social media reacted to your Tuesdays Teaser or cover reveal. It just wasn’t done. The content of their words carried your books. Today, it’s not exactly the same.

In my mind, there was something lost when the writing world went electronic.

My quick tip for you, is to go back to basics and write out your outline, plot points, or whole story longhand. Dissect it, rearrange it, write all over again. The view is very different when you’re looking at it in another light. This make help with a block as well. It’s something I have suggested to my authors when they are struggling. Maybe it’s something that could work for you, too.

It never hurts to try.

Happy Writing!


Lauren Schmelz (127 Posts)

Lauren Schmelz has been in the publishing and broadcasting field for over twelve years. She got her start editing and producing traffic news for local news affiliates in St. Louis, Missouri (NBC, CBS, and FOX). For the last four years, Lauren has worked as a freelance editor/manuscript advisor. Lauren was Managing Editor of Manuscript Development for the last year and a half at a small independent publisher. Currently, Lauren is a founding Diva with Write Divas and specializes in manuscript development, content editing, copy editing, marketing, and publicity. As COO of Write Divas LLC, Lauren oversees the daily operations of staff and client projects to optimize efficiency and serve authors with the highest quality of work whether it is the edit of their manuscript or the promotion of their marketing campaign and blog tour. She is married and has two young daughters. When Lauren isn’t editing or reading manuscripts, she is busy playing with her kids and exploring her hometown of St. Louis with her family. She is an avid reader, writer, movie enthusiast, and generally a smartass. Lauren hopes to publish her first book within the year. Lauren has worked with such authors as: M.A. Stacie, C.L Parker, Brian Sweany, Suzy Duffy, Jennifer Schmidt, Alexandra Richland, Alexandra Allred, Michele Richard, Liv Morris, and Joey Mills.

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