By Dennis Lowery
The past couple of fiction writing projects, and one's I'm working on now, I've taken to writing the concepts and many of the scenes out longhand on a pad of yellow paper. For some reason the settings and dialog develop and flow much easier and I find it amazing how fast I can write them the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper.
I have to admit while writing recently, in the zone and the words pouring onto the paper and digging it because some of it is really good--one part of my brain paused and thought, "I need to be sure to save this." As if I was looking for the Control-S command on the pad!
The scan below is of the first page of handwritten notes for a story idea (working title, Maid Man) about a Mafia hit man who has a sex-change operation, with kind of a twist up of The Sopranos meets 50 Shades of Grey. I've planned this story for further work in early 2014. [You can click on the following image to expand if you'd like to read the notes.]