Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to be an author. I loved reading, I loved the ideas of other authors, and I loved being immersed in a different world.
When I was in senior (years 11 and 12), I’d developed a great rapport with one of my favourite teachers ever, a wonderful man named Mr Yates.
Due to my unrelenting passion of becoming a writer, of writing something good, of accomplishing my greatest dream, Mr Yates decided to read through short stories I was writing, offering suggestions and tips.
His best one – the one I still use today, no excuses?
The one that I believe makes my writing, without question, better?
Tip #6: Consider Handwriting Personal Work
Now, for varying reasons, this option isn’t obviously viable for everyone. Some people have learning or physical difficulties and limitations, making writing hard, if not impossible.
Others may find that this technique, for whatever reason, just doesn’t work for them.
However, this technique is always backed by actual science that shows that we retain information better by handwriting, as opposed to typing, so do please consider it.
Mr Yates told me, one day, after reviewing one of my many short stories that I submitted to him – which, as a teacher now myself, makes someone a real teacher. Personal time isn’t something that teachers actually have that much of, and him giving up his personal time to read through stories I was writing for passion, not for assignments, is something a good teacher goes out of their way to do – that handwriting my work, while more time-consuming, could vastly improve it.
He told me two things: The first being, handwriting would instantly make your work more personal, as you’d be actively forced to consider everything you write – and you’d be less likely to write random shit, because handwriting for long periods of time becomes fucking painful.
The second one being that, through the process of handwriting and then typing, I’d already begin a self-editing phase. I’d look through my work as I was typing it up, and instinctively, I’d change things to make them flow better, or notice mistakes I might not have otherwise picked up on.
And he was right.
My work did improve, in so many ways – and has continued to do so, in my opinion – because of this tip.
If handwriting isn’t your thing, maybe consider only do it some of the time – maybe only if you write stories or poems, or if you’re writing a particular essay or assignment (something that requires extra, specialised attention), and see if it’s something that works for you.
J’adore my pretties, and slay.