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  1. disasterspark

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    Paper or Computer?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by disasterspark, Aug 25, 2018.

    Hey guys,

    Is it just me, or is my writing significantly worse and more fanfiction when I'm typing on a computer instead of using the old pen and paper?
     
  2. Alan Aspie

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    How could we know?
     
  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    I think writing on paper uses different areas of the brain than typing. For me, personally, it is easier to be creative and keep words flowing if I’m doing the first draft long-hand. I think the output is better as well.
     
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  4. JLT

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    Almost all of the stuff I write is done on the computer. But for poetry and song lyrics, I often go to pen and paper first.
     
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  5. Youssef Salameh

    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    Using pen and paper may drive a person to feel the oneness between him and writing more; I mean ink and how it harmoniously flows with the ideas that's being put to reality through writing.
    As for me, I got used to write on the computer; and nearly managed to get same outcome, if could be said.
     
  6. ChickenFreak

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    I suspect that if my ability to hand-write were just a little better, it would often be useful to hand-write certain things. But I’m so slow that the frustration overwhelms any benefit.
     
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    An interesting thought, the link between creativity and the manual effort of writing. Lately, I've been working to remember writing requires high concentration. On something short, I don't have a problem with that. Trying to plan something longer, though, generally turns out contrived. Part of the problem is bringing the same degree of concentration to the task as I do to something short, where every word not only counts, it's obvious every word is important.

    Maybe the computer acts to "gamify" writing, and maybe a more direct link between writer and reader helps.
     
  8. GlitterRain7

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    PC person. Reason why? I'm Left handed. When I write a lot of anything, creative writing, notes in class, whatever, my hand turns gray from graphite or ink gets smudged on me. I use word processors whenever possible.
    As a sidenote, I feel more professional typing. My handwriting isn't the best.
     
  9. JLT

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    I'm a lefty, too, but smudges have long ceased to bother me. Of course, I work on cars, too, so I'm used to getting smudges all over my hands.
     
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    Done. Paper first for me. :)
     
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    Years ago I was working on a writing project on my computer. Then my computer died on me. Even though I had older stories backed up, this one was still a work in progress - therefore it wasn't backed up. So I lost it.

    Because of this reason, I never do big projects on the computer - unless of course I'm typing it up from paper to show others, (Even then, I'll save the paper copy).

    Only downside of using pen and paper is that if I decide I don't like where my story is going, or wish to rewrite it, then that is valuable pen ink and paper wasted.
     
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    Just curious—why no backup for a work in progress? These days there are a lot of real-time backup options, so no matter what you’re working on and what stage it is in, you can always have multiple backups.
     
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    You should write your manuscripts on nitrocellulose.
     
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    I might scribble some notes here or there, but I never write fiction (or any written material of a substantial length) by hand. I don't see any value or advantage to doing so.
     
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    I write both in paper and on my computer. Both have their advantages:
    PC: Can write faster, easier to edit and insert stuff, unlimited space to jot down notes.
    Paper: Feels good, can be done anywhere and at any time, fewer distractions.

    All in all I would say paper wins by a small margin.
     
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    And the process of typing what has been written on paper is a good editing process.
     
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    That too! Forgot about that in my list.
    Also, a notebook full of text, crossed out words, margins full of notes is just so satisfying to see. :D
     
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    I'm better at typing than physical writing. I doubt I'd be able to read my own handwriting.
     
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    Computer
     
  22. kriti

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    Well, my first choice is Paper and Pen for writing.
     
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    I squashed my writing hand cutting the door off of a crashed car a couple of years ago, so writing long passages is too painful. I used to love writing letters, but that's a struggle now. A story would be impossible.

    So PC it is for me.
     
  24. JLT

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    Have you tried any of the voice-t0-text apps available? A friend of mine says that they've been a life saver for her.
     
  25. Irina Samarskaya

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    I started in notebooks and would rather write physically, however I'd have to type it up if I wanted to actually do anything productive with it.

    Therefore, the computer.

    However the computer has a lot of advantages I like: colored text, find & search function, font sizes, etc. All very useful for organization and flavor. Also far more legible than anything my hands are capable of.
     

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