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    Old style or New style Writer?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by aimi_aiko, Apr 11, 2011.

    This is another one of my "either/or" topics. I'm curious to know what those of you prefer when writing.

    Old style Writing
    Using pen/ink/pencil and paper

    or...

    New style Writing
    Computer, laptop, etc, (anything to do with typing)


    I use both, but I prefer Old style over New style. What are your ways of writing?
     
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    New style Writing. My hand would hurt if I tried writing 39k words! And my work would look messy. I only write on paper for school xD
     
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    Old style. Nothing better than filling up your closet with papers of stories.

    But then it's a pain to type it up so you can send it to friends...
     
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    I hate writing using pen and paper. I'm left-handed and it smears if I write too quickly - but if the writing process is too slow then I just lose all interest in it. I've been touch-typing for a decade and as a result I'm pretty damn fast at it which means typing is much more efficient than writing by hand.

    I often outline using pen and paper during breaks at college but I wouldn't sit and do any actual writing this way because it's much too slow. I'm not even slow when it comes to hand-writing (thanks, politics lecturer ¬.¬) I just find I'm much faster at typing.
     
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    when I was younger and started writing stories it was not much of a choice, because there were no computers in peoples homes, (yes, I'm that old, tihi) so pen and paper was the only choice except from a typewriter, but that was nothing for me. When I got my first computer I still found the old way the best way to write because I couldn't get used to thinking while typing, hihi. Now I prefer my laptop before pen and paper, but it doesn't mean I don't still like good old handwriting and when I write down ideas and inspirations I always use the pen and notebook. Also, when my computer recently broke I had to stick to pen and paper and I have not produced so many ideas and scenes in a looong time. So I think there is something in it that awakens my inspiration. It's just more practical writing on the pc directly instead of rewriting everything. Besides it gives me cramps in the fingers ;)
     
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    Definitely computer I can't write 800 words in twenty minutes - I can type them though.
     
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    I jot down my storyline ideas using pen and paper.

    Otherwise I use a computer - spreadsheets for my scene lists and openoffice for the main text.
     
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    It has to be new style. If I wrote everything with a pen 90% of the paper would be lost to scribbling things out.
     
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    pen and paper for the win!

    I cut a4 paper sheets in 4 pieces on which I write in my tiniest (and I DO mean tiny) handwriting, so that I'm the only one who can actually decipher it later on. And so that people around me can look at it without them being able to actually read the tiny letters.

    The only downside is that it is easy to loose such small papers, especially if you drag them with you every where you go. And another downside is if you drop water or something over it, they are ruined forever. :(
     
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    both/either
     
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    Hand for note taking and plotting, but computer for the actual writing.
     
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    New style - computers and networks.

    Except when I go really old-style and just tell the story to myself in my mind... on the bus... while taking a walk... when the police take me in for being a public nuisance...
     
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    I use a bit of both, I do all my planning on paper (usually with a pencil) and then I use that as a reference while I type up a story. Sometimes I'll even do a first draft of a story in Old Style, though only with short stories (ie: 10k words max). The current story I'm working on, as of yet left untitled, is all on pencil/paper as of now with three paragraphs typed up. (Likely more later today).
     
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    Old style first draft, I enjoy writing with pen and paper most. Then for my rewrite, I'll type it up, and edit from there. It's a good system.
     
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    For notes and lists and ideas, I like writing in a notebook, but I struggle to hand-write so much as a paragraph when it comes down to actual writing. I even prefer pecking at a cellphone keyboard. I think it's partly about how horribly unreadable, ugly, and childlike my handwriting or printing looks. Ideas can stand up to that ugly medium, but paragraphs can't.
     
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    Where would "typewriter" fall in? Though I am starting to gravitate toward the PC.
     
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    I fluctuate between old and new. Most days, I can write just fine on a computer, but it won't be anything that can bring a satisfied smile to my face. Plus it's a lot easier to get distracted with all the computer's nifty features.

    Handwriting... I enjoy it. Much more than typing, anyway. That hand cramp may be painful, but I know it's only happening because I've just written a relatively substantial amount without stopping, and for a stop-and-go writer like me, that's a good feeling. It also forces me to concentrate more on what I'm doing, meaning the word bundles are of higher quality. And I'd much rather see a filled notebook than a hundred pages in Word.

    But then there are those days when my imagination simply won't wait for my hand to catch up. Those are the only days when I do my writing on the computer. They're rare, so my keyboard gets less use than my trusty mechanical pencil that I've been using since high school. Let's see, that's about three years now... A personal record for pencil-keeping.
     
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    Haha, I'm both. I like writing out my rough drafts, notes, and other things with just a pen and paper. But once I start to really get it going, I'll switch to a keyboard. It's fast enough for my brain :)
     
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    I seem to share the same idea of many people here: I use old style for note-taking, plotting, or just writing out small scenes, but new style for the actual writing or "final" draft. I find that while note-taking I can just fill up a sheet of paper with random plot, character, or setting ideas, etc. Then I can somehow draw from those ideas and create something a bit more solid in a Word document. It's quite a bit simpler to erase and reword things while on the computer.

    I also use old style while I'm somewhere that I don't have access to a computer. Even still, I hardly write more than a page or two, because then comes the tedious work of typing it all up.
     
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    Definitely both! I hand write when note taking: whether research, character description, inspiring quotes, and all the other things I've forgotten. I actually don't think I've ever taken notes on a computer. I only transfer or type new ideas on the computer because I type too fast. When I'm brainstorming I like thinking as I'm writing, like stream of conscious stuff, and I won't get enough time if I type. On the other hand, I am forced to type when I'm actually writing because I think of my prose kind of like a speech in my head and I have to be able to keep up with it. Ahhh rant! :p
     
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    If we're going to be technical, it would fall between old and new, considering type-writers were invented around 1867 (a little after pen/ink and paper, and long before PCs). Though I would consider it under "new style" because I consider new style with typing, technology, etc.
     
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    I use a mix of both! For the actual novel I'll use a word processor, but for note taking I'll hand write notes in the margins and in a notebook I keep for story notes. I can sketch out ideas easier and formulate them with a pencil in my hand, but for the actual story I write much faster, more efficiently, and just plain better if I use a keyboard.
     
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    My problem with typing stuff out on the computer is it is too easy for me to go back and delete things. I delete a lot because straightaway I don't think it's good enough. I then lose all those things I've written. If I use pen and paper, I likely won't throw it away I'd keep what I write and even if looking back on it, I still think it sucks, there might be ideas in there that I can reuse.
     
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    Well put. :)
     
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    Delete key is my best friend if a story isn't working I delete it back and start again - or place a note in the text about how to make it better next run though take a breath and continue as though I had made the adjustment.
     

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