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Writing, Typing or Expressing?

  1. jainismus profile image78
    jainismusposted 4 years ago

    Today no author writes using a pen, but they are expressing themselves by using keyboards. Then why we know them as writers?

    1. joanwz profile image86
      joanwzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, while I use the keyboard for most of my writing, I do like using pen and paper sometimes. I like the feel of putting pen to paper.  I find that, when my brain is in high gear, I need the keyboard because I can type faster than when I'm writing longhand. But when I need to slow my thinking process down, I write longhand.

      As for why we're still called writers when we use a keyboard? Typing is a form of writing, that's why the typewriter was called a typewriter. While our keyboards are now attached to a computer, we are still typewriting - in a manner of speaking. It's just not the type of writing you associate with pen and paper. At least that's my theory, and I;'m sticking with it.

    2. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I write anything of length with a pen. Not a pencil, a pen. It helps me to write The keyboard is too fast and I can't get thoughts out that fast. Of course, I'm talking about fiction.

      Writing nonfiction often needs online help and I only write shorter pieces.

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      Website Examinerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      To me, this does not make any sense.

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      setarehposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I actually write with pens . . . sorry about that.
      But, do you expect them to be called typers instead of writers? Because the outcome is still the same, isn't it, either way?

  2. Shanna11 profile image90
    Shanna11posted 4 years ago

    What I type into a computer is often no different than what I write with pen and paper- however, I prefer typing when I write. My thoughts move far faster than I could ever write, and often when I write by hand, it shows. My sentences are disjointed and don't flow as smoothly. However, I type nearly 200 wpm (I'm actually not terribly proud of that fact-it makes me look like I have no life) so I can easily keep up with what I'm thinking and things flow more smoothly. I can edit my thoughts while I type more easily without losing track of the next idea.

    Writing is all the same idea, whether you use paper and pen or whether you use a keyboard. You're still putting your ideas and thoughts in word form.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You should have a lot of free time if you can type that fast. smile The rest of us are spending 3x the amount of time typing.

      1. Shanna11 profile image90
        Shanna11posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hmm... I never looked at it that way! The only reason I type so fast is because I spend all my time typing on the computer though. Lol, I remember being faster than my parents at the age of eleven when I was typing stories and saving them on floppy disks.

        1. lobobrandon profile image83
          lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          wow thats amazing are you sure its 200 wpm? I'm sure your keyboard will be on fire big_smile I write anywhere between 70 - 100 wpm.

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    Poetic Foolposted 4 years ago

    I still carry a pen and pad around to put down whatever when inspiration strikes me.  I would have lost a lot of ideas had I not.  Still, I end up typing the final product.  Clearly, the term 'writer' isn't referring to the physical act of putting pen to paper.  It refers to the act of communicating through written language.  It is irrelevant what medium is used.

    1. savanahl profile image81
      savanahlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I, too, have a pen and pad with me at all times. Whenever I write poetry I find a much more creative flow when I write it out, but when I write articles I type them out. Not sure why. smile

  4. vespawoolf profile image97
    vespawoolfposted 4 years ago

    What we write comes from the mind, so whether using a pen and paper or a keyboard, we're still "writing". Writing is the act of expressing our thoughts and feelings. I think most writers use both mediums, although the keyboard has gained more popularity.

  5. Tara Anderton profile image59
    Tara Andertonposted 4 years ago

    I only write with pen and paper. I transfer later onto my computer! I seriously write 65000 words by hand and I wouldnt have it any other way!

  6. Tusitala Tom profile image88
    Tusitala Tomposted 4 years ago

    Why do we call being at the controls of a car 'driving?'  It probably comes from an age when we use to have to 'drive' a horse or horses or bullocks or whatever to get them to move us along.   The word Writer is traditional, just as the word driver is.   Why should we change it when we're all aware of what it means, whether we do long-hand writing, shorthand, type, or simply dictate into a machine.  We are writing.

  7. ChelleLars profile image60
    ChelleLarsposted 4 years ago

    Typing--whether on a computer, typewriter, cell phone, or tablet--is the physical act. We associate typing with secretaries and stenographers; not as the origin of the ideas, but as the "transcriber" --one who makes a written copy. The original tools were chisels or paint on stone, or sticks on clay tablets. Over time, we've used paint, quills, pens and pencils. However, we've never referred to writers as "quillers" or "pencilers" either--at least not universally! We recognize the difference between the tools and the act.

    Writing is a mental act. It is the process of distilling amorphous ideas into a coherent physical form so that others may understand those ideas.

    I would argue that "expressing" is much to general of a term, as it incorporates ALL methods of expression, including art and music.