Writing as Drawing by David Gullen

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We all have our ways of doing things. When I’m plotting out a novel or a longer story I always start with pen and paper. I like to use my favourite fountain pen, and quartered sheets of A4.  I do something similar with a short story too, though I’ll probably just write down a few key things that anchor it. I’ll always use pen and paper.

DSCN4169There’s something about the process that works well for me, though I don’t know why. All I can say is there’s a connection between mind and eye and hand so they feel like three parts of one thing. Pen and paper stimulates and focusses my imagination and lets the ideas flow ­– though not in any order. I’ll brainstorm everything in a few sessions, one plot point, or scene, or character, or piece of dialogue per piece of paper.  I’ve found this much more…

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I recall an old Bowie interview in which he explained his favourite songwriting technique – cutting up newspaper headlines and bits of stories, then arranging them to make some kind of lyrical sense, however abstract. I wonder if the same mind, eye and hand co-ordination was going on here, as a trigger for creativity.

I remember that article too! Yes, good point. There’s some research that points to different parts of the brain being engaged when writing by hand, as opposed to typing. Different types of creativity?

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