Many authors still write their novels by hand because they
want to discover where the journey will take them. Putting
words down on paper is like embarking on a journey – we
know where it starts – but not where it will end. Unlike texts on
a monitor, sentences written on paper have a lasting quality.
The pen reinforces this effect, gently driving the hand over the
page, from one word to the next. Instead of simply deleting
a sentence with the back key or tearing the sheet of paper
out of the typewriter, we move forward in the direction of our
thoughts, which (loosely based on Kleist) we compose while
writing. If you have a complex problem but no solution in sight,
just pick up your pen and paper and start – writing is striding
forth in spirit; one sentence follows another, one idea after the
next. Suddenly, characters and ideas emerge, formed by the
previous thought – apparently conceived out of the blue, but
ultimately created by hand.
Write down your thoughts by hand –
and explore the world.