During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight Wednesday to link up your God Story by clicking here. In April, we’re considering stories about growth and change, though you are free to share ANY story that God lays on your heart.)
And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend, author Glynn Young…
I was having trouble with the conclusion to a speech I was writing for a company executive. It needed to soar with emotion, and everything was falling flat. I’d stare at the computer screen, try something, get disgusted, and try again. After repeated tries, I printed the last few pages and walked out of my office. I found a quiet place, and started reading.
As I read, I made notes on the page. The notes became longer. I flipped the typed pages over and started writing, longhand. I ran out of paper, so I returned to my office and continued writing – longhand.
When I finished, I realized the conclusion I needed was there. It wasn’t just there; it sang, and it surged with emotion. It was exactly what was needed, and what I had been trying so unsuccessfully to do.
I learned accidentally that writing in longhand is the best thing I can do when I need to use emotion. The most emotional scenes in my two novels were first written in longhand. The first drafts of all the poetry I write are written in longhand.
I can’t explain it, but writing in longhand works.
Glynn Young, a corporate speechwriter for more than 30 years, is the author of two novels, Dancing Priest
and A Light Shining
. He blogs at Faith, Fiction, Friends
, and you can find him on both Facebook
. He is the Twitter editor for The High Calling
, and a weekly columnist for TweetSpeak Poetry
. He’s currently at work on a third novel, a novella, and a non-fiction book on poetry, all three of which are being written largely in longhand.
YOUR TURN: Have you written in longhand? How has it helped, or not helped? Let’s chat about writing in the comments…