I think it's time for me to clear up something that's being hinted at in the comments of my blog. I do write blindfolded. Yes, I do call it Ninja Writing. I only do this for works of fiction, sometimes blog posts, and other longer works. Yes, I am blindfolded right now.
I write blindfolded because it allows me to concentrate on my own thoughts. I don't see the indicator telling me I need to pay attention to a new email. I'm not tempted to look on Tribe.net or over on the Amazon.com discussion board to see if anyone's responded to my last post. I'm not fighting a thousand other distractions while I write . . . it's just me and my thoughts.
I write blindfolded for other reasons. I can follow my characters as they move through my story and I don't self-edit while I write it. I can't very well backspace, so without the ability to move backward and change a word or phrase, correct a misspelling, or read that last sentence what comes out is more raw, but more organized. I get to complete a thought. I get to move ahead and when it comes time to do some actual corrections and editing, I have a better idea of where that story is going.
I write blindfolded and my son makes fun of me. My brother is sitting over on the chair in this room reading a book and I know that when he looks over at me, his older brother moving his head back and forth while tearing through the keys on the keyboard like a no-talent imitation of Stevie Wonder, he smirks. I know it looks stupid, but it works.
It works for me and it might work for others. You have to be a touch typist and you have to be fast enough on the keyboard to keep up with your thoughts. At least in my case that's a challenge because my story is changing even as I type it.
Happy storytelling, now I'll remove the blindfold and look to see how many errors I made in the process of typing this simple blog post.
- rick the ninja.