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Sep 26, 2022Liked by Patrick E McLean

“The critical part of my brain is telling me, right now, that this sentence is horrible.” I have this problem too. Sometimes it’s so bad that It actively interferes with my ability to write the first draft. Hemingway was right, first drafts are shit!

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Feb 14, 2022Liked by Patrick E McLean

I love this post. I've probably gone back and listened to it half a dozen times over the years.

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Feb 9, 2022Liked by Patrick E McLean

I actually enjoy writing various things in longhand...to-do lists, notes to myself, etc. The sad fact about writing longhand is that the form and ability to use it may disappear within a very few years. Cursive writing is no longer being taught in most school systems, Today's schoolkids aren't learning to write longhand, and will soon lose the ability (if they ever had it) to decipher our "hen scratches".

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I love the concept, the philosophy--and the writing. (PS I typed this comment with a new appreciation for the down side of doing it...)

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In some sense, it's crazy that it works. But for me _holy shit_ it works.

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My handwriting is appalling and very slow, so I always write using a keyboard. I do often work out ideas and plot with pen and paper, though - it seems to activate different parts of my brain.

I did a podcast with Andy Hamilton about his book 'Longhand' at the end of last year which was really interesting on this subject, and his decision to publish the book in his handwritten script: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/andy-hamilton-on-writing-in-longhand/

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Yeah I have that book in my Amazon list. (I have something of a book - buying problem) so I try to put things on the list and read at least one unread book before I buy two more. It's not a perfect system. Hell it's not even a good system.

But it's a....

(I should get some help.)

:-)

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I enjoyed the reference to 5¼" floppies (and you included the sound of the floppy-drive, didn't you?)

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I might also be able to whistle, click and growl a passable imitation of a dial-up modem.

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According to this typing test I just took, I wrote the first minute of A Tale of Two Cities at 74 AWPM. No wait, actually I just typed it. Point taken.

My typing speed is Dickensian.

I love the concept of your handwriting distracting your critical mind with something superficial but easily critiqued and freeing your creativity to flow right past it. My understanding is that this is also how to compete and win an underground Detroit rap battle.

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Yes, I've heard you only get one shot at such at thing. And there are rabbits?

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Also would have accepted, "When I get mad, I put it down on a pad. Give you something that you never had."

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