Brief update: I finished proofing the final draft of my novel this past weekend and sent it back to the editor. Initial result is 98% approved and 2% disapproved. Also, I finally got the chance to read "The Cutman" last week. Please check out my review on Amazon.
I bet you're wondering what exactly is "retro writing". "Retro Writing" is the antique art of writing by hand.
You know, using a pen and paper to write a letter to someone.
You know, what we used to do prior to texting, e-mailing and tweeting.
Anyways, very early on during the current phase of my writing career, I decided to split my time and energy between writing on my computer and writing by hand. I'd already started doing a little of this back in '09 when I was going through my flash fiction phase, so it was pretty easy to crank it up.
I found that while was writing my current novel, it helped me a lot to write small chunks by hand whenever I'd found myself stuck. Somehow, writing by hand forced me to really focus on what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it.
For the next couple of years, I kept to that same 75-25 ratio for my regular writing (blogging became reversed). However, by late 2011, I found myself going through long periods of time where I would sit in front of my computer and not write, yet when I went outdoors, writing was easy.
When 2012 rolled around, I was a walking disaster with my original writing. I couldn't do squat if I sat in front of a blank Word document, but had no problem in putting it down on paper. So for a couple of months, I deliberately put my focus on editing one of my novellas. I figured so long as I did that, I wouldn't have to worry about fixing my problem.
However, one can only work for so long on editing a previously written story before the muse starts bopping you on the head.
About a month ago, my muse started bopping me on the head, when the seed of a story idea started growing. Because it was in a genre that I had previously ranted about, I tried my damnedest to squash it. Unfortunately, it fought back and this left me no choice but to write it. It also left me no choice but to face the sticky problem of not being able to write on the computer.
After thinking about it for a bit, and due to the fact that this story was begging to be written, I managed to write a page and a quarter on my computer in under an hour before I had to stop and go grocery shopping. When I finally sat down in front of my computer again a few days later, the story was still begging to be written.
However, I still had that thorny problem of not really being able to write on my computer. Solution: write the damn thing out by hand then transcribe to the computer.
And thus, I began writing my current story exclusively by hand. Writing by hand allowed me the opportunity to really sit and think about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. And because I frequently wold churn out two to four pages of story, I found the perfect opportunity to use my Dragon software for transcription.
It will be interesting to see how this story eventually turns out because I know if I was writing this exclusively on the computer, I would probably have incomplete scenes and a disjointed plot line.
And speaking of plot, here's the basic plot of my story "Time To Go", which is told in first person point of view.
Two serial killers travel the Wyoming countryside and during one of their successful conquests, turn a potential victim into a reluctant participant.
And if you so desire, follow me over to "It's Always Saturday In Suburbia" to read the first couple of paragraphs of this new tangent that is the writing world of yours truly, and if you feel up to it, leave a comment on what you think of it, or where you think it might go, or even about the inspiration behind it.
Because as with 99% of the stories that are out there, something did inspire this particular story.