I've waxed lyrical about the joys of occasionally writing by hand before, but I must admit it's starting to annoy me.
I'm still working on my silly, light-hearted fantasy story (although is it still light-hearted if the Devil is involved?) and I'm still writing it by hand. However, I'm a bit of a show-off and I want other people to read it when it's done, so I have started typing it up to make that easier.
Talk about bloody tedious.
On the plus side, typing is a form of editing. I was typing up a scene between two characters recently - one male, one female. And I realised my female character dropped a bit of a bombshell (she knows about something that is supposed to be very, very secret) and the other character didn't notice she'd done it. Evidently I didn't either. . . clever writer, me.
As I was typing up the scene, I found I wanted to take it in a different direction. Instead of keeping up the gentle banter between them, I wanted him to say 'hang on - how do you know about that?' But I'd forgotten if there was anything else important in the scene, and I was too short on time to start a major edit, so I just typed it as it was written, except I popped in a line where my male character thinks 'Something she said isn't sitting right and I can't figure out what it is.' Or words to that effect (this scene takes place at five in the morning, so he isn't at his smartest, just so you know. And he'd had a bit of a shock earlier that night. And he's being written by a writer who hadn't noticed the bombshell first time around).
Once I'd finished typing up the scene, I realised my idea for the edited version was better than what I had written. He does need to notice, and they do need to talk about it (and it needs to be dazzlingly written, which is the hard part, of course. . .). I think this will work better, because their conversation will now be about confrontation rather than about two characters talking to each other because I need them to.
That would be the advantage of writing by hand and typing as I go. I spotted this early, while still on my first draft, so I can fix it early. In fact, I can fix it before I've wasted time writing the scene that was slated to take place two days later, in which my hero has a Eureka moment.
The disadvantage is that it is so. Bloody. Time. Consuming. I have to allocate separate time for writing and for typing, which is difficult because finding time to write is my biggest problem as a writer anyway.
The notebook shopping makes up for it though. Completely :)