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    Journaling: Typing vs Writing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by davis, Sep 4, 2012.

    I'm curious about the differences with writing by hand vs. typing. I like typing because it's quick and I love the security of a password, but I also find writing in a notebook intriguing. I've heard that writing by hand really helps with your focus and creativity, and since you have to slow down, you end up with more insightful entries. I don't know if that's necessarily true... but I'm wondering, does anyone keep a hand written journal they swear by? Or do you prefer the efficiency of the keyboard? Do you think the format actually chances the outcome of your writing?
     
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    If I'm journaling or writing in a diary I would do so by hand, not by computer. The flow of ideas is better, IMO. It also allows me to get more into my own world.
     
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    I hand write my novels. Never been one for journalling. I find that handwriting allows me to bring a book anywhere and write more freely. I get distracted on the computer and reserve that for typing and editing my novels.
     
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    i was sure that i couldn't possibly 'create' on a keyboard, that the words could only flow from my mind, through my hand, onto paper...

    till the day when i was transcribing my handwritten work and found i had gone three pages past what i had written!

    so, i had to admit that i'd been lying to myself all those years... i soon found i could turn out many times the amount of work by making use of the computer, than i could with my favorite pastel lined pads and fat, blue ink ballpoint...

    i still will write some stuff by hand, when the mood strikes, or i'm too comfy in bed or recliner to move, but do probably 90% of my writing right on the computer... with no diminishing of quality, only a great increase in quantity!
     
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    I used to hand write everything too... but i find writing on a computer much easier. The thing with hand writing too means that, over the years, I have lost much of what i've written.

    The good thing about writing on a PC is the internet. A click of the finger and you can find whatever you need to know in a heartbeat. Also as said, the saving on the wrist and cramped fingers so you can turn out much more work
     
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    I find that when you're typing a story you're kind of above everything, staring down. You've got a bird's eye view of your story, plot, and characters. If you don't like a paragraph you can just highlight it and -- poof -- it's gone. It's convenient, but it's more .. 'distant'.

    With writing in a notebook, you're kind of in the trenches of the story, right in the middle of everything. You do take more time as well, because obviously you don't want the burden of having to erase too much or cross out too much (that can just get depressing after a while). Even so, there's something just cool about writing the old-fashioned way.

    I've done it both ways and find both ways to be great in their own ways. Currently I'm writing a novel by hand and finding it to be lots of fun (albeit with minor finger aches now and again).
     
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    Writing on the computer is a lot quicker and easier to read. However, I enjoy moving the pen throughout the piece of paper. I am not always going to be around a computer.
     
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    I was just thinking about this the other day. I prefer typing because it is quicker and you can edited more easily. Writing by hand seems more therapeutic, imo.
     
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    I prefer to hand write everything. I have a fascination with pens and paper and have several journals and more pens in more colours than l can count. My mood dictates which pen and journal l use.

    I prefer hand writing my journal because l also doodle in my journal. It's not unusal for me to stop mid thougt to doodle for a bit and then pick up writing where l stopped. I think it gives my journals some character.

    I prefer to hand write my stories because l like to edit the old fashioned way with a red pen and notes in the margins.
     
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    I actually keep a journal (which lets be honest is just a manly way of saying 'diary'). I hand write all my journal entries with one of three different fountain pens because my journal is a personal extension of my mind which somehow seems to become lost when typed onto a computer screen. If I'm working out ideas for a story then its all done with pen and paper until the actual act of writing the thing then its all onto the laptop for efficiency and quick editing and storage.

    In my opinion (and this is mine alone), I feel there are some things that technology and computers have made worse. I do not like digital format books (such as the kindle). My brother swears by them though, he has something like 400 books currently stored on his. I don't believe he will ever read all of them and I don't believe he will develop the kind of personal relationships with his books that I have. I have been steadily building a library of leather bound books at home. The next one I am buying is going to be Dante's Inferno. The one I am reading at the moment is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. A book is special, a book should be personal and a book should be treasured. I have often given books as presents to people who are close to me. I was particularly pleased with an edition of the Canterbury Tales which I gave as a gift to my best friend, he was blown away by it and loved the feel of it and the reproduction of the brass rubbings of each character were marvelous. You just can't get that kind of thing with a download.

    I also feel music has become sterilized due to technology, but that is going off topic.

    In a nutshell though I feel that the sound of a pen gliding across a piece of paper adds to the atmosphere of character building and plot working. You become one with your work and it doesn't feel like your simply churning out ideas on a computer screen. Try it sometime, buy some decent paper and just start writing how you feel and what you want to do, I guarantee you will like it.
     
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    I've always journaled by typewriter. (Yep, those still exist.) Typing comes as second nature to me, so I don't think there's any hindrance in creativity. Plus I'm really lazy to read things on paper... An old high school friend of mine showed me her entire novel that was written by hand, and I was thinking in my head,
    Wait. Are you asking I have to deciper these hieroglyphics?"

    I have terrible handwriting skills myself, so it would be awful to write a bunch of awesome stuff on paper only to go back to read it and find out that I have no idea what it was that I wrote. :(
     
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    i'm with you all the way, mla, in re actual books...
     
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    I will jot notes in books, but as for intensive writing over 500 words I have to type. I get cramped up like carpel(sp) tunnel and its too much. Plus I can type extremely fast. Now the one thing I do is work with a program like FocusWriter which allows me to create a fullscreen ambiance with typewriter sounds on my laptop. I do love the old school typewriter feel.
     

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