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    Does anyone write by hand, anymore?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Acglaphotis, Jan 27, 2009.

    I do, when I don't have my computer or my blackberry available.
     
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    I carry a very nice journal with me at all times, but I dont use it to write stories, usually. I will use it for sketches, poetry, and outlines or quotes or themes for a new idea for a story, but my mind races too quickly for my hand most of the time, so I prefer my laptop to notebook paper when I'm writing a story.

    I do find that writing poetry by hand is more useful, however, and I keep my notebook on me at all times because my laptop is old! It's not exactly portable. :p

    I'd buy one, if it's reasonably priced and well-made. :)
     
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    I was for a while, but found the transfer of text tedious. Now I just type it up, but I DO miss the convenience of a pen and paper for editting notes, catching a quick jot, etc.
     
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    I use both, I have a notebok that has lots of beginnings and ideas and first drafts, alonw tih lots of the same thigns in my school notboooks :p but I also use th computer alot, generally my more final drafts and completled stories are on the computer. but I probably use them about equally
     
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    Of course, staring at a PC for hours just gives me a headache.

    Also, this is a pretty thinly veiled sales pitch really, I don't know if this board has any rules against advertising but it's not normally a polite or acceptable thing to do, unless it's a specific forum for that purpose.
     
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    It all depends on my mood and my location at the time. In general, I prefer to handwrite my stuff and then type it. That way, if something happens to one copy or the other, I've got an extra one lying around. Even on the computer, I save my writing in three separate spots (hard drive, flash drive, portable hard drive). I'm paranoid. Haha.
     
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    I started writing my novel on paper first before I put it on a computer mainly because I didn't have a computer at the time, but when I did I still went back to paper first. That's the more traditional way, so I think that all of us prefer it here.
     
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    You bet I do! I love writing short stories in notebooks, or notes for bigger stories. It's always neat to flip through a journal froma while ago and see your ideas written down in your own handwriting instead of some fancy font.
     
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    Typing is definitely time saving. I carry a little black notebook and pen in my purse though. I use it at work, while I'm on break or stuck in a waiting room or, somehow, riding in a car rather than driving it.
     
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    I still use a note book to write down story Ideas, poems, and dreams. The note book is also usefull because I can keep notes on writing as I go.

    It helps with continuity, I can write all day then leave notes about where I am. That way the next time I write I do not have to try to read and catch up with where I am. I also like the feel of a notebook as a way of flipping through memories. I enjoy that tactile sense.
     
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    When I am at school. Because they fear us students at school.
    I think my school takes studying to the extreme. My principal is always coming and asking if we are doing homework or asking is that homework. So I write in a notebook much safer.
    But computer has become my main writing source.
     
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    Notebooks are the best for outlining. Nothing can beat the flexibility of a blank page and a pen. But for everything else... eh, not so much.
     
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    Nelson DeMille does

    since he doesn't know how to type....
     
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    Oh yeah I also use a notebook alot because I can't exactly have a computer in school and it's way less obvious that I'm not actually doing schoolwork, I have a whole section in my notebook just for writing :D
     
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    I only use a pen and paper if there is absolutely nothing else available.

    You haven't seen my handwriting, or you wouldn't ask. Even I have trouble reading it. Seriously. I look at my grocery list in the store and puzzle over exactly that that scribble was.
     
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    I use pen and paper all the time, for a variety of reasons - though, mostly because it was the first method of writing I learned (obviously) and it has become ingrained, or natural, to favour the pen over the keyboard for first thoughts/drafts.

    The only thing I need to do is remember to keep the random bits of paper that have things hastily scribbled on it, as I often forget what I've written down (on the back of the bus, on a shopping docket) and accidently throw it away (because I also forget to take notepads with me all the time) :rolleyes:
     
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    I bought a caligraphy pen yesterday, and I plan to use it for regular every day writing once I get the hand of it.
     
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    I prefer writing my first drafts longhand, using the transcription to hard-drive as an initial review. I also carry a sturdy, though small, notebook everywhere I go. As for pens, I'm not so bothered what kind they are as long as the ink's black.
     
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    I'd like to write by hand but my hand just can't keep up with my brain. Plus, erasing is just no substitute for backspace. :redface:

    I keep meaning to write by hand when the computer isn't available (because I'm not at home or the power is out, whatever), but never really get around to it. It's just too daunting. I suppose if I were to be without the computer for an extended period, I could do it, but until then it's just too tedious (especially considering that I'd still have to type it up afterward).
     
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    I would have to say 80% of my writing is done by electronics (Computers) and the other 20% by hand per day.

    I have nice writing in all, but it’s the year 2009. Technology has evolved quite significantly over the years and therefore its easier to type then to write by hand. Plus... Typing is way faster then hand writing. I still write stuff on paper, but not as much as before.
     
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    Yes, it is easier, but when you're sitting at a desk with a pen in your hand, crafting your next creation, dont you feel some connection to great storytellers like Shakespeare and (to some extent) Homer, who had to, at one point or another, actually sit down and write their greatest works by hand?
    I do, and I assume it's like a golfer playing the Old Course at St. Andrews (considered the birthplace of golf), you just get a connection to history by doing the same things those immortal names once did.

    ...or maybe I am just a tad delusional. :D
     
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    I can't remember the last time I used a pen/pencil to write anything other than a phone number.
     
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    I always write my stories by hand, and I'm sure that a lot of you know how long my stories are . . . They're actually novellas. But yes, I write them all in my notebook and then type them up when they're finished. My parents don't like it when I'm on the computer too much, so that's the only option I really have. I'm sure I'm the only one, though. :(
     
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    I don't think you are the only one... There are many people who are not allowed on/using their computers for long periods of time. I guess it really depends on what you prefer the most (Hand writing or typing). Hand writing would be easier for scratching out unwanted ideas and to see what you've previous wrote, improvements, kind of like a timeline and perhaps other stuff. But on the other hand, typing is quick and great for writing in Microsoft documents (Or any other forms of documents). You can easily check for SPAG, etc. There will always be pros and cons for these types of questions.
     
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    if my write by hand you mean type by hand then why yes, I do write by hand
     

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