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    Tactile Writing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by marshipan, Dec 3, 2014.

    I'm beginning to realize I'm much more creative, write with better flow, and feel less of a block when writing with pen on paper than typing. This is something I haven't done in length for some time. A paragraph here and there is all I've done in years. Back in college--well to be honest I can't recall what happened in college with too much detail, heh--I wrote some of my short stories first on paper and then typed them. When it came time for edits, I'd have to print the pages off and write notes in order to do it.

    I don't think this is a case of not being used to computers, because I'm young (20s). I grew up with computers, chat, and texting. I do think part of it is how are minds work on the computers. The brain of a frequent internet user is different from the brain of someone who's not. Which is just one bit of proof that shows we think different while using the computer. So it's my conclusion that at least part of this phenomenon is from how my brain is trained to function with a computer and an inability to completely overcome this while typing stories.

    Though, I do wonder what else is the cause for this. Maybe staring at a screen robs my senses and this stifles my creativity. Maybe words typed are different than words written. Maybe it's mindframe, longhand is more like art. Maybe it feels more personal. What do you guys think?

    I'm going to begin writing by longhand much more often. Does anyone else do this?
     
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    What I do is type out my story on a computer. Then I will print out a hardcopy and bring it into class with me. My teacher and I will then sit down and together we'll discuss the story. My teacher will write down things I can edit on the page with his pencil. I will go home then edit my story on the computer.

    People tell me I have fantastic handwriting, but even though I'm told that I still use the computer to type up stories. I find it easier, less stressful, and quicker. Of course this is just me I'm sure a lot of people have different perspectives on the topic.
     
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    Don't worry, I find it less tedious too. Unfortunately that isn't helping my creative writing.
     
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    Writing by hand allows you to write while you think, at least for me, because your mind is several words ahead of your hand (unless you're writing in your head like a child : p). This enables you to think more about what you're writing as well. The tactile involvement in handwriting may also help you remember what you wrote. Not to mention the investment of time and energy in handwriting seems to imbue more value in the work. In a few key strokes you can destroy weeks, months, years of work, but it takes a fireplace/pit or sidewalk, and a lighter, to properly destroy your handwriting (for those who want to do so conscientiously). I wrote a book across notebooks and notepads, post-it notes and scraps of paper, so many at work I devoured everything in the office, but beware of the copying! I never finished and it's all sitting in a box somewhere. Handwriting has its pro's and con's.
     
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    I've always found tactile writing with a pen or pencil to be more enjoyable and productive than typing. Typing on a computer is better for me than typing on a typewriter, because I tend to make too many initial spelling mistakes that distract me from the content of the writing itself.

    I write much faster by typing however, so I've come up with the system of writing my short chapter summaries and synopsis on the computer and then exploring them more deeply and at length with my tactile writing, then I'll go back and re-write/copy my hand-writing onto the computer during my first editing process.
     
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    I'm the same way, especially when i get started. When i get struck with something amazing, I'll grab a pen and notebook and go to town. It helps me get the ideas down and make that basic foundation that will be my story. Then ill put it on a computer and write the whole thing out later, but I always get started tactile.
     
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    I know several people who write long hand in a notebook. Then transcribe to PC. I was surprised, but then, it gives them a chance to do a little revision and validate their product. So why not?

    Plus, it looks so damned cool to have a manuscript written out by hand....
     
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    I've tried that before, but my handwriting leaves much to be desired. :p
     
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    I can probably type at least twice as fast as I can write (mostly illegibly) in longhand, if not three to four times. I cant imagine writing things out by hand.
     
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    I don't care about the speed. When I'm using a pen and writing on paper, I get better flow of story, and I'm more creative. There's actually some interesting science to back this up, because the process of drawing words on paper with a pen requires different areas of the brain to fire. I thought it was just me, but some time ago I read a scientific article that backed it up.
     
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    mmm i write mainly on the computer though i always have a pen and pad in my bag to hand in case of any flash ideas come into my head its good for making random notes, characters or scenes you can then embellish when you get back to your computer
     
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    It's easier to make rough notes by hand, and easier to write more polished drafts on the computer, for me. I edit myself heavily in both mediums - it's just by hand it's a lot messier cus you can see space running out and things being crossed out. I find it hard to write anything of much value by hand - for that, I have to type.

    However, I find it much easier to make notes and brainstorm ideas by hand, because of the freedom to use space and not write/think in a necessarily linear way.
     
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    I think there's some considerable value in creating using physical objects and tools. When working on a computer screen you never get a feel for the weight or length of your project. You can't physically rearrange it as easily as you might a tangible object, and there's no record or trace of the changes you have made. If nothing else, it's a lot more satisfying to work with pen and paper sometimes - which in itself makes it worth doing.
     
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    I started off writing in longhand as I was trying to snatch brief moments during my shift to write. I think much faster than I can transcribe by pen, so handwriting is really only of use to me if my brain is on a go-slow, otherwise much of the initial detail gets lost in the mix and is hard to bring back to mind again.

    Really? I actually find it's the polar opposite for me. Using a processor helps me to keep everything nice and tidy, and the snapshot facility means I have a records of every single amendment I have ever made, as well as keeping a remnant folder where I place all the scenes that are well enough written but have been rejected for whatever reason. There are no messy scribbles, strikethroughs or notes in the margins, just little virtual Post-Its reminding me why I came to make the decision I did. (I have a seriously crappy memory.)

    I always have pen and paper if all else fails, but I can only get a flow on when I'm typing.
     

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