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    Computer or paper?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Demief, Dec 28, 2008.

    This has been bugging me for a while but i don't know what i should do? Type out stories or write them out. Obviously there are advantages to both: With computers you have an easy spell check and dont have to decipher your own handwriting later; with paper you can be more mobile in your writing.

    I have done both but i dont have a specific preference. Any advice?

    p.s Sorry if this topic has been made before. I searched but im fairly impatient so i didnt sift through every page.
     
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    You'll eventually have to type it out if you wish to publish, enter into compitions etc. So if thats what you want to do, save you self some time and type it out.
    But if you just want to write, for the sake of writing, do what feels best.
     
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    I find I write better on paper because I can't write as fast as I can type. So I have to dwell a bit on my sentences and they usually end up more creative. With a computer I can rush a bit too much, but I find I'm usually grammatically better.
     
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    I prefer the computer over hand. It's faster, neater, easier to organize, and it doesn't leave a clutter.
     
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    This is exactly one of the reasons I, and some teachers I know, think doing first drafts by hand is better. Besides, I do revisions as I'm typing it up.
     
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    I always do computer. I tried handwriting before, and I get so impatient because my brain will move on to the next idea but my hand doesn't go that fast, so I lose interest in what I'm writing. So I prefer typing.
     
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    I'm used to working right at the computer, but I also am using to taking lots and lots of notes in class. Consequently, sometimes I do best to first sketch out/quickly outline a few ideas on paper. But the real "writing" for me always happens with a keyboard under my fingertips.
     
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    Writing is a much more fluid and creative activity than typing, and it's what I usually do for first drafts for ideas. But after that first draft, sometimes I make reviews, then I type it up into the compputer or my ipod touch. I prefer my touch because I bought a great writing application and that way it's portable. After the first draft I prefer it in electronic form because that's when I post here and in other places, I'm looking for spelling/grammar errors, and because it's easier to revise and organize. It's also easier to read :D
     
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    I love the feel of a pen in my hand, it feels so right but I also love typing too, so I can see your dilema. The way I see it is that you have to weigh up the pros and cons.

    On paper it's much slower so you have to take your time with it allowing you to come up with more creative phrasings.
    On a computer it's faster but your writing will also be slightly rushed. This being said you can move swiftly from thought to thought.
    Shouldn't matter too much though because I firmly believe in writing out a second draft no matter which medium you use.

    A computer offers easy corrections, such as cut and paste, deleting mass sections, spell check, grammer check and so on.
    Pen and paper offers a more personal feel though.

    A computer can keep all your notes and chapters together (especially if you have a software that allows you to access notes without opening new windows) however the ability to write is limited to wherever you can take a computer.
    Paper can get lost everywhere, but you can jot ideas down pretty much anywhere with ease.

    So I think it depends on what you feel is most important. For me I write on the computer for speed, neatness and easy editing. I reserve handwriting for letters because I do love the feel of it far too much to abandon it.
     
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    I'm left-handed :(. nothing flows smoothly with my pen.
     
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    First draft is always by hand because that's how I started writing. I began writing when I was too young for anyone to put me in front of a typewritier or computer.

    I learned to type in a secretarial science class -- typing, shorthand and telephone etiquette -- so typing is a very uncreative process for me. Just can't get into the creative mindset at the keyboard.
     
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    If I had to write everything out by hand, I'd never finish even one chapter. So I always type it out. It saves time and energy better devoted to progressing the story more.
     
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    Thank you very much for all the posts. Great response. I'm still undecided but this will definetely help. I'll see what i reach for next time i decide to write: the keyboard or pen.

    I too am left handed so deciphering my writing is actually a difficulty.
     
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    I do both, depending on my mood. Some days I feel like a good old ink pen and paper, other days I want to hear the click of my keyboard. I find I'm more likely to revise as I write if I work on the computer - not always a good thing. Any grammar and spelling errors usually get corrected when I transfer the paper writings to the computer anyway.
     
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    See, i find paper and actually writing the words yourself is a lot more personal and 'feeling' comes out more that way for me. So i write important scenes or things down that way, and i always plot and note on paper. Computer is good for just general writing and getting along with the story, but when it comes to things which i think i need to be fully immersed with everything in, i'll write it on the paper.
     
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    I'm like some of the others, I like to relax in my chair with pen and paper while I draft out ideas. Then when the story gets started I type because I can't type very well and all that looking back and forth between the notebook and the computer screen and the keyboard takes too much time.
     
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    AH, but see, this is where patience enters the picture. We think faster then we type, too.
     
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    I don't know where I got this idea from, but I always thought that most writers had some degree of fear or disgust in relation to typing. Maybe that not a very 21st century idea.
     
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    Maybe some of the older writers can answer better but that's the first I've heard of that.
     
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    no one can tell you what will work best for you... as long as you can eventually turn out an acceptable printed/printable ms for submitting to agents/publishers, it won't matter how you got to that point...

    if you work best starting in longhand, that's no better or worse than starting right on the computer, or on a typewriter... it's what you write that counts, not how you get it onto paper in the end...
     
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    Writing by hand or computer?

    I know these sorts of topics have been covered before, but I can't help myself. I love to discover how others go about the writing process.

    For me, I slowly and reluctantly decided that I need to write by hand. For several years I've been trying to tell myself that I can just write fast and furious just to get down the first draft...but after doing it this way for so long, I had a bit of a turn around on this matter.

    I don't care too much for the revision process and so for me, the better the first draft is in terms of writing, structure, dialogue, scenes...and everything else that goes into it is in the first draft, the less I have to do when it's time for revisions.

    So, I have gone back to writing by hand. It slows me down which helps me think of better words and sentences before putting them down and I do think that it does aid in my creativity. With a pen in hand I feel more creative and my ideas seem to flow better.

    I use a Lamy and a Waterman fountain pen in moleskin notebooks.

    So what do you use and why?
     
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    i usually write on my laptop, but if i'm struggling to get word down i switch to pencil and notepad. The thing i like bout this is whenever i 'copy' from my notebook to my laptop, it never comes out the same because i edit what i wrote as i go along. This allows me to be much more forgiving of myself whenever i know i'm writing something i'm not happy with. I can elaborate, change words around, and omit as i see fit, and it usually gets me through the tough times.
     
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    If something I sound on the computer sounds odd, I write it by hand and see if it sounds okay at that speed, and decide whether or not it needs tweaking. I speak Gaidhlig, and English pronounciation is just plain weird.
     
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    I like using my laptop, but i like the freedom of writing on paper as well. As it was said before a lot of the time i will write in a notebook and then type it and i edit as i go along. But currently i am working on two novels, one on my Laptop which is almost complete, then one in a notebook, which i started about three weeks ago. Really though, any writing for me is good, i do plenty of both and really have no preference.
     
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    Yeah, I use a combo of the two. Usually I write by hand (Parker pen and Moleskine journal :p) rough drafts, outlines, ideas, things like that, and type the real thing with reference to my hand-written notes.
     

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