At the end of all my A to Z blog posts is a picture of my draft. Maybe I should have entitled my theme as Michelle’s A to Z drafts? My drafting style has not changed since college: written draft, scribbled over-revision-draft, typed draft, edited typed draft, final-get-away-from-me draft!
I am not a spontaneous blogger. I am a primarily a planner-blogger. Periodically, I write a piece on my computer, edit it, and publish it. That is scandalous and it only happens when I am overtired. When I am overtired, my ideas flow with the copious amounts of coffee in my veins!
Most of the time, I love my paper. Give me a hotel pad, napkin, scrap, or my beloved notepad and I am ready to write. Paper is the vessel that transports me to another planet , or time period.
A Jediesque thing happens to me when my pen hits the paper. The heavy objects I use daily suspend in the air. Loads of laundry, my crockpot, my car, becomes as light as a feather and circles in a symphonic orbit. I am comfortably anchored in the middle, engaged in my pad canvas.
Sometimes I imagine that candelabras and goblets of wine surround me. My pen turns into a feather and my yoga pants uniform transforms into a corseted creation.
The power of paper gives me the luxury of a creative pause that the click, click, click of a computer does not.
Do you prefer paper or computer? Are you a drafter or a one stop publisher? What’s the vessel that takes you to your writer dimension?