Question - What is your way of writing?

@MGarcia (331)
United States
July 12, 2007 12:24am CST
I know a lot of people have moved to the computer to do their writing. I just wondered what do you prefer, the computer or straight up pen and paper. I ask because I remember attempting to write in a program such as notepad, or wordpad but never good truly get across what I was wanting. If I picked up a pen and paper, no problem at all.
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I sometimes use pencil and paper to write instead of pen so that way if I make a mistake, I can erase it and fix the problem. Then I transfer it over to my computer and then go from there. I guess it depends on what you're writing exactly. To better understand writing stories, sometimes pen and paper would be best so you know what you're writing beforehand.
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@patgalca (14649)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Jul 07
I prefer writing with pad and paper. I love the feel of both as the words stream from my brain, down my arm, through the pen and onto the page. The computer distracts me from writing with all of the other "things". I do my best work writing by hand.
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• Malaysia
12 Jul 07
I used to use pen and paper until I went to college, where most of my course requirement meant that I had to work with a computer. I started spending more time in front of the comp instead of using pen and paper. I find myself more comfortable writing with the computer, as I generally post my writings online anyway. Translating from paper to computer is generally a hassle for me, which is why I keep the writings on paper to little notes instead.
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• Philippines
12 Jul 07
i guess it would depend on where you're more comfortable with, . . .that is, if the medium is a factor at all when you write. . .i find writing on paper more appealing, but sometimes your thoughts are running so fast, it's easier & faster to put them down using a pc. . .
@Wingedman (238)
• United States
19 Jul 07
It really depends on what you are comfortable with. I write on whichever I have at hand, sometimes napkins from fast food restaurant and then transcribe to the computer later. I read an article about Stephen King writing an entire novel on paper and then having his assistant type it. If I have decent handwriting I might use that method as I am not a great typist. But then I would have to pay someone to type for me so at this point I work with the computer nearly exclusively to save that step. It takes longer because I hunt an peck a bit but it still gets done.
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
I used to prefer pen and paper too, but then as I get more used to the computer the more I find it more convenient than using pen and paper. I mean you will eventually transfer those written words on the pc sooner or later why not use the pc to write it the first time around. Saves time and the hassle of typing what you already written.
• United States
14 Jul 07
As an editor, I always tell contributors that they have to start where they're comfortable. The writing is better there, more relaxed and from the soul. Go there and you can't go wrong.
• United States
13 Jul 07
If I had to do a lot of brainstorming on my own, I would have to go for the pen and paper. There were many times I would get on the computer and type a poem I wrote, but I had to do a lot of revising using the word processor. The best way for you to write may be the old fashion way, and that is picking up a pen and paper. It gives you time to think about what to write.
• United States
13 Jul 07
For me I can almost type as fast as I think so I like to use the computer more than pen and paper. For my husband on the other hand he prefers pen and paper. I think it is totally up to each person what they feel the most comfortable with.
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I use both. A lot depends upon where I am at, both physically and mentally. I was writing with pen and paper long before I learned to type (I flunked typing twice), so occasionally it is easier for me to write in longhand. But for revising (where most of my longer writing happens) I prefer the computer. And I will never go back to using a typewriter; computers are so much nicer for revisions.