Do you write with a pen or a computer?
When my husband first suggested around 1990 that I use a computer for writing, I cried when I tried. I told him the thoughts got from my head to the paper through my pen and I resisted. So for all these years I tied myself to the computer. Only recently I realized I could actually take a pad and pencil outside and write and not be tied to the chair in my office (the only negative of writing for me). So I took my notebook and wrote the parts I could "on the fly" and came back to do the internet searches, etc. and add those. What's your process?
Generally I do a rough draft with pen or pencil on paper and then rewrite on the computer. However, it varies with mood. If I hit a writer's block I'll often switch writing tools.
I normally will take notes on paper and write something if it is just flowing. Then at times, when I am home and have the time, I will write on the computer exclusively.
JT. Thanks! Years ago I uses to be able to hold SENTENCES in my head when they were flowing and then write or type them later. Now, if I don't write an idea down immediately, it's gone. So I'm going to make it
JT...LOL - (my last comment got cut off somehow). I meant so I'm going to make it a point to take notes! Cheerio. Have a good day.
Everyday writing, outlines, and drafts - pencil. Final work for the publisher - word proccessor on the computer.
I'm a product of my training in print journalism back in the 1970s. Pen & paper were for quick notes in an interview or on the fly. The real work was done on a typewriter and usually on deadline with an impatient city editor demanding copy NOW.
Learning to compose on a typewriter was a challenge that first year in j-school, but by the end of that year I was totally hooked in to it. Now, nearly everything I write is on the keyboard unless I'm out in the wilds cut off from technology.
When writing on paper, I get so much more creative. On the computer the story seems dull, takes strange turns that I didn't want, and I don't feel connected to the characters. It's a little depressing writing on a laptop...
I am highly sensitive to electrical impulses, so I stay away from electrical devices as much as possible. Because the impulses bother me so much, I am more creative and get more done with a pen and paper. I do my best work when I am away from the computer. Once I have everything I need, then I go to the computer to do verification searches and formatting for publication.
Fascinating. I'm going to check to see if you have a hub re: sensitivity to electrical impulses. I am of the belief that WE also send out electrical impulses that can be pick up by another (My husband sometimes can often the number in my in my head!
No, I don't have a hub on the subject, but now that you mention it I probably should write one. It's somewhat limiting. For instance, upon entering places with TV's and other equipment running, I become physically ill and have to leave.
Marlene, this is very interesting to me. I think it would make a great hub. I do get the concept of walking into a room and getting physically ill. Even with merely a hint of certain fragrances in a room, my mood can drastically change in a sec.
Yeah. I use to wonder why every time I would come close to the TV section I would get sick. Or if I walked into a store with heavy surveillance (like Target) I would get so sick I had to leave. Once outside, I was OK. My dr. explained why.
With me, it all depends on the mood that I am in. I have found that at times it is easier to write using a computer. This is because I type so fast and my typing can keep up with my thoughts. At other times, I have a brain blockage where the thoughts are just not coming. At those times, I go on a walk and may sit down in a new place in order to get new thoughts into my head. It all depends on the mood I'm in as well.
Yes. When a person is in the "Flow" as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes about, the computer is great. PS, just went to your hubs and re: graphic organizers, I used a computer one years ago and it helped students TREMENDOUSLY. Can't remember the name:
Actually once I got a word processor in 1986 is when I finally finished my first novel. My typing may be quick but it is inaccurate, and my handwriting is even worse - so my productivity improved with access to technology.
I don't like to be outside so sitting at the computer is perfect for me. If I want to write someplace else, I take my iPad.
My daughter, Bethany, tells me how much she love her ipad. I HAVE to get one! I really don't know what it is about me and outside, but it's where I always want to me and rarely end up! Your first novel???? Wow. I DO have to get to everyone's hubs!
Many years of factory work has done a number on my hands and I find it less painful to type than to use a pen or pencil. However, I still outline and take notes the old fashion way with pen in hand in order to get a rough draft of my creation. I also still send hand written letters to my relatives which I'm sure they find hard to read sometimes.
With non-fiction writing, I use my computer for writing. However, when I write fiction, I use pen and paper. This gives me a chance to step away from the internet (and the interruptions on it) and focus solely on my creativity.
I write on paper first, letting out all of my thoughts. I would edit my story and if it seemed worthwhile to be published, I would type it on the computer.
One of the many stereotypes that are associated with writing on paper is that it is meant for staid, sedate and realistic writers who disdain technology. I will definitely demur, and it is also not true that writers are supposed to stick to conventions. Writers have to adapt and capitalize on technology to keep abreast with the modern world.
Phillippeengel. Yes! Don't you think that adaptation is the key to mostly EVERYTHING in life? Someone once told me years ago "Don't be a dinosaur, Billie." That comment still is with me and makes me try to be as adaptive as I can push myself.
I've always liked the keyboard. When I had the stroke, I forgot the entire right side of the keyboard (and I'm not as coordinated as I used to be) - but that is one of the first things I retaught myself. The keyboard and how to type.
I learned on a manual typewriter, but when the computer took over - I liked it even better.
KYours is a story in and of itself! Very impressive. I had a Chinese friend whose mother had a stroke 'n afterward cld understand English like before, but only ANSWER in Chinese. My SpeechPath/ OT friends tell me of AMAZING re-directing of brain.
I love hardbook notebooks and always have one with me to scribble down on. I write initally in the notebook and then I transfer to the computer and edit on there.
When I am at the computer I use the keyboard, when I am away I use the pen.
I'm one of the only people in my university lectures (100+ people) who hand writes their class notes. I find that the information stays with me better if I hand write it and I can also draw in the margins (I'm an architecture major). I also like how my writing looks so that helps.
That's so sweet - "I like how my writing looks..." I interpreted once for a study skills class at St. Cloud University and the instructor quoted research that shows exactly the point you're making - information stays longer when interacting with it.
I usually write on my laptop but now I've become inspired to write more by hand!
Louise, I think I'm going to try going back to pencil in hand and see if that sparks my creativity a little more. It's worth a try, huh?
Definitely! And it's a good excuse to improve my handwriting some more:)
I have a notebook for ideas and rough drafts but generally I write on the computer as I have dyslexia and find typing more comfortable and can also use specialist software I have such as Dragon to dictate and spell checkers.
Are you left-handed, per chance? I was just talking to someone yesterday about Dragon and Dragon Speak (I don't know the difference). I have a quadraplegic friend across the country who has used Dragon Speak. There needs to be a hub about that
I have hardback notebooks for writing when out and about or for brainstorming ideas but on the whole I doe the vast majority of writing directly using keyboard and computer. Since I have a nice lightweight laptop I can take it with me and can write wherever I go pretty much. I only haven't been doing this recently due to house moving and wedding planning etc... life does get in the way sometimes eh? :-)
I prefer writing on note book, only that will keep my writing spirits high. After reading and editing I will put it into computer by typing. Writing using a pen or pencil is a thrilling work for me.
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