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    Do you prefer writing on paper, or digitally, or both?

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    I prefer both because physical writing allows you to think fast when writing, sentence to sentence, very well in order to immediately find issues faster and is a bit of a time saver! Digital writing on the other hand, makes it easier to write works and and edit down all the mistakes easily without having to transfer your mistakes by sacrificing sweet rubber.

    Also, digital writing is the only way to get something to stay for a long amount of time. Physical writing usually doesn't help, ink can splatter around and all writing can be lost if I drip water in it and graphite slowly declines and fades away like the paper it's on.

    I use both and get the best of both sides.
    What about you?
     
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    I prefer digital most of the time, particularly when I have a long block of time, and paper when I can only snatch a few minutes here and there.

    I type far faster than I hand-write, and I 'fast edit' as I type. That is, I'll be halfway through a sentence, think of a better way to word that sentence, delete and rewrite it, or swap up the sentence order, or add in a detail in the line before. When typing, this adds basically no time at all. In comparison, handwriting is slow and produces a subpar product.

    Sometimes though, I'll use paper for zero drafting. I'll sit down and write a very bare-bones rough version of the scene, and not even try to make it sound nice. This can be useful when I don't know what events I want to happen in the scene are yet, or f I don't have time to boot up a computer. Then, when I type it up I can add in all the nice-sounding descriptive bits.
     
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    I write digitally on paper. Because fingers are called digits, right, and I manipulate pens or pencils with them. I'm not sure how you could write with anything other than your digits... :p
     
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    Mostly digital. I write on paper when I have to.:bigsmile:
     
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    I write mostly digitally. I also type faster than I handwrite, so it's easier to think about and rewrite sentences when typing them out. Sometimes I'll handwrite if I need time away from the screen.
     
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    Digitally ONLY. I'm old enough to remember when handwriting or a typewriter was the only option. It sucked, bigtime.

    I also have no desire to listen to vinyl records or use film in a camera. The world is always burning, but that means the fire does create bright spots!
     
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    Silly you!
     
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    But it's not that hard, I think of it as side excercise for the fingers just as much as keyboards. Also, typewriters do suck so I can't blame you for it!
     
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    It seems that most writers are moving to digital writing and physical writing is falling out of fashion, even though both of these writing mediums are equally susceptible to damage. Maybe it's because using physical writing is more tiring than digital writing, or the fancy new technology can make the document look cooler in the click of a button or help with fixing mistakes.

    I don't really know why though..
     
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    Until recently it was almost exclusively digital. It started back in college with an IBM Selectric. It is just more readable than my scrawl, and when PC's came out editing became... well, fugiddaboudit.

    I have recently started handwriting in certain circumstances. Health concerns have me now walking about twenty miles a week. It's keeping me this side of the dirt. Being retired I have also returned to using a recreational substance that recently became legal in my state. On my walks my mind races faster than my feet, which go pretty good for an old fart. I started trying to record my thoughts on my phone. Texting was too slow, and voice to text was cumbersome and unreliable, so I started carrying a note pad and a pen. It is now to the point where I actually enjoy doing it in that environment. Particular gems get digitized when I get home.
     
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    Very interesting! I mostly just forget about them because they come as distractions from what I am doing at that time.
     
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    How did you do that? Sound very awkward. Didn’t the typewriter get in the way??

    Oops! You know I’d honestly read that as “handwriting on a typewriter”.
     
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    Digital! My handwriting stinks, and I'm faster on a keyboard anyway.
     
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    GrahamLewis I started out younger in most everything. Contributor

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    I'm sometimes surprised how much I like digital -- not only because my handwriting is so bad, but also because I love the ability to make instant changes (and to recover the discarded stuff with the right technology).

    I do like to print out at a certain point, then read it over and make marks on the pages, then re-enter it.
     

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