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Why #inktopaper?


This rule is practically made to be broken. After all, if you— like

me- dream of publishing your work someday, it's gotta get converted to

digital eventually. No publisher is gonna accept a physical manuscript

unless you're, like, pre~final-episode-premiere—GRRM or similar. Why

create something that, if you were to continue, you'd have to rebuild?

Personally, it's just my method. Even before I started using a type—

writer, I would type my story, print it, and re—type a new document.

This just works for me. If what I wrote was good enough the first time

around, it was good enough to type again. If it wasn't good enough, I

wrote something else. Gradually, my stornies evolved. This method

breakthrough helped me publish my stories. It's how I think and how I

crea e.

Why do we stress it for the podcast? When I was in grad school, I

wrote a historiography paper on the Beat Generation. I read some 25

books for the project. Onxe of which contained a passage about Jack

Kerouac's habit of writing page after page on his typewriter every night,

then burning his work. Night after night he‘d write, only to burn the

fruit of his labor. Only when he could not bare to take a match to his

prose, to watch the page curl in on itself while the flames consumed it,

did he deem himself a competant writer.

I ain't no Kerouac, and I never will be, but I understand the value of

having a Thing. A story is not a Thing if it's in your computer. It's

an abstraction. It's maleable. Flux. In our current age, it may as

Well be eternal. I can only assume that Google has a trove of deleted

Docs on some server on the West Coast, because why wouldn't they? You

lose control over the digital. (Don't worry, I'm painfully aware that,

although I am writing this on paper, you are reading it digitally. I'd

argue that's a little different, and it's all in the way your mind

processes the information. Someone else's work, presented digitally, is

real. Your work, in the same medium, is an abstraction because you

understand it is imncomplete (how's that for parantheses, Murph? (Bonus:

I know the parentheticals were not necessary. I just did it to hear you


When your work occupies a physical Space, it is real. You must work with

it. It demands your respect. You can't ignore it as an abstraction, a

hypothetical. It's real, on your desk, and you have to choose what to do

with it. If it's crap— and it often is- you have to DO something to

discard it.

Writing a novel is fun. Feeling the weight of your novel grow, day after

day, is sublime.

So, we made it a rule to write #inktopaper. Preserve your mistakes.

Literally re—write what you love. If you don't like it, burn it. It's

gone, and you don't have to DEAN a harddrive to make sure no one ever

reads it again. And, if that really isn't your thing (or you have terrible

handwriting like Murph (sorry for ragging on you twice now, buddy)), use

a computer. Who's gonna know? Who‘s gonna care? You're writing, and

that the important bit.

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Aug 31, 2021

Unfortunately I burned / disposed of most of my stories from the last year, including those from Jitterbug and Jabberwocky. I'll be more selective with the flames from here on out, now that this whole podcast thing, is, like, official! I enjoy handwriting all my stories, those for Radio Freewrite as well as my personal writing. I love filling up a journal with notes, stories, and doodles.

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