Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Write Blind

Why not give this a go…? 😈

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So, for this post I’m trying something a little odd. I’m writing “blind.”

What I mean by that is that I’m not giving myself any way to look at the words as I type them. I picked up this trick from an essay by Vanessa Gebbie in Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. In the essay, Gebbie suggests that you free up your muse and your creativity by simply writing without looking. (It’s kind of like the whole “Look, Ma! No hands!” thing.)  In the essay, she says,

On paper, this flash writing is easy. You just let your hand go, and don’t self-censor. On screen, it can be a little more difficult, as some people (myself included) tend to edit as they write as it is so easy to do on a computer. But this ruins the creative flow, and there are some tricks to help you write…

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18 thoughts on “Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Write Blind

  1. I am a terrible speller, so I tend to type my heart out for a few pages at least before I ever consider editing. Thanks, this is great advice for writers, especially if you suddenly get on a roll and into the groove after a dry spell. The last thing you want to do is interrupt the flow with editing.

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  2. Chris, I look at the keyboard too. Thought I was a terrible typist, not able to look at the screen and type. Who knew, it increases creativity! Yay! Just noticed you’re following Before Sundown. Thanks for that! I’ve got a new project, featuring a new header sunset photo (from the Welcome Page gallery) each week and writing a short blurb about the contributor. Collecting them all in a Page, sort of like a Hall of Fame! Having fun with it! Chryssa (aka Christine)

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  3. I always write blind, if I am looking too much, nothing will appear on the screen. It’s really something scary. It’s like my fingers have their own mind. But I have to edit after, sometime scrabble is coming up. hehehehehe

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  4. As a registered blind author I had to smile at the title of this post! I write blind all the time in the literal sense of the word in that I can not see to read the screen. However I do hear words relaid via Jaws (the screen reader which converts text into speech and braille). I will try turning Jaws off and see how I get on (I.E. writing blind in every sense of the word)! Come to think of it, on first learning to use a computer the facility run by Action for Blind People (a UK charity) lacked screen reading software 9(this was in the early 1990’s), consequently I was writing blind in every sense of the word. Kevin

    On 8/26/15, Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

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  5. I touch-type. Often, I’m lost in my vision and don’t need to look at the screen. The first draft should not be edited, it’s a free flow. That’s why we have multiple drafts. On the other end of the spectrum there’s Vonnegut who edited every single letter, even, so he only had a finished manuscript at the end and never had “a draft.”

    Do what works for you.

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    • Thanks for that Massimo, I tend to look at the keyboard, either for my Mac, or on my iPad, mainly because I can’t touch-type.
      Then I need to carefully read what I’ve typed, check for autocorrect changes I do NOT want, make corrections and publish 🙈🙊🐵

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      • Yep, touch-typing is great. It’s a good resources and skill for a writer. With practice, you’ll also avoid making typos, you’ll touch-type well enough that you can write almost an entire scene without watching the screen, and you ‘feel’ when the keys are out of order. This camment has been touch-typed.

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