do you use the computer or a pen and paper to help you with your story.

Singapore
September 9, 2008 7:08pm CST
i would always start my story with a computer. the computer is my first line of editing where it can check out my spellings. and should there be any mistake, i can easily edit my article within minutes. i would also use the pen and paper to do my brainstorming and mind-mapping. it is also for me to jot down notes along the way. how about you? what would you use?
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22 responses
• United States
10 Sep 08
I actually have problems with my hands and wrists that cause pain when I write, so I use a computer. I can go much quicker that way, too. My writing is much better on a computer than by hand. I can draw, though, and it doesn't seem to hurt that much, but writing hurts my hand too much.
• Singapore
10 Sep 08
when i sat for my English exam, i had problems with my hands, as i began to feel the pain after writing for half an hour.
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• Canada
10 Sep 08
I use the computer not only to create my stories but to make money from them as well! My son is a computer genius and he helped me develop a spreadsheet to keep track of what I was telling people so I could avoid the nuisance of people discovering and pointing out contradictions in the stories I create. I use my fictional characters to gain sympathy and financial donations, so it is important that my loyal readers are not able to catch on so quickly to the "truth".
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@aeczr04 (114)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I only use my computer when writing such articles because I can't think clearly when I just have a paper and pen in front of me. I can't make any ideas and probably end up writing nothing. With computer, I can use different functions to make a clear and interesting article. Spellings as well as grammars can be checked right after typing a simple paragraph. Everything is easy when writing in a computer. It merely seems you have nothing to be worried about unless you can't have a nice idea or topic on the article you are gong to write.
• United States
10 Sep 08
I usually write down a few ideas with pen and paper. This could just be the title or a short outline. I will then do most of the writing on the computer. The one thing that isn't like that is children's books that I write on paper and some poetry which I do on paper. But for the most part I am an computer type of gal!
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• Malaysia
10 Sep 08
I will usually use computer to write my story because I can check the spelling and also because I don't like double work. I prefer to just use computer than write on paper.
• United States
10 Sep 08
If I can't get to the computer, I'll just use a pen and paper. But I'm usually on the computer, so I type everything. Which is easier for me because I constantly have thoughts going through my head. With that being said, I tend to type a lot more than when I'm writing by hand. Plus I get a lot more done than when I'm sitting in my room writing and trying to watch TV in between.
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@lizard211 (240)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I always start out with a pen and paper. Once I have put down my main ideas and gotten together an "outline" then I do the rest on the computer. WHen I wrote in school, I always wrote out the introduction and the conclusion on paper. TO get those two paragraphs (whether it be a 2 pager or 20 pager) would take me forever. However, once I had them "perfect" on paper, I then would type both paragraphs in the computer. Once that was done, the body was a breeze and just start typing away. I know where I started and I know where I am ending.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I usually done it on computer because if I write it on a pen it would be slow and painful. In the past where there is no computer people are just taking it on handwriting but I think the technology now is different which is economical, sure many people out there are editing in computer which is normal, but sometimes I write my contents on notebook before I type it.
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• United States
10 Sep 08
i just use computer ... because it is easy to type on computer ... and my typing is also fast so i can write my story well in Microsoft word .
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• United States
10 Sep 08
If I am working on a story or any kind of creative writing, I always use a notebook first. There is something so inviting and inspiring about a new notebook and pen or pencil that urges me to write. Then, I transfer it to computer. This to me is also a great thing because while I am in the process of transfering from notebook to computer, more ideas might come up and I can expand my writing. I love this because just when you thought you may have covered everything, you start to realize that you have really just begun. I love feeling that my creative portal has never closed.
@mscott (1924)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I always start with a pen and paper. I write better in places where I don't have a computer. of course I use that for editing tools and final drafts but I like writing laying on the couch or bed or even sitting outside and I don't have computer to do those things on in those places. I am old school and learned to write witha pen and paper, I guess I just still like that way better.
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• United States
10 Sep 08
I always start out on the computer because it's easier as far as spelling and I can type faster than I can write so if my ideas are flowing I like to get them out quickly. Then I print out a page or so and edit it on paper just in case I make a correction I would like to omit later I still have it written down.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Hi! I always start writing with pen and paper. I think it's easier for me to use that because I'm really fast at writing than typing. By writing faster, I'm to lay down my thoughts as well. And it's easier to edit this/that. I guess I just love doing things by hand. Also, it's tiring to create stories on the computer for me because it strains the eyes. Have a nice day!
• Singapore
10 Sep 08
sometimes my eyes hurt after staring at the screen for hours. so i guess i can only type out a story on computer for a short period of time.
• United States
26 Oct 08
Everything I've written began on paper with a freshly sharpened pencil. From there it goes to ink. If I still like it then to the computer it goes! Someone taught me never to throw away anything written even if it doesn't make sense at the time. I have followed this simple rule and gone back to complete writings that began ten or more years ago!
@nutanjain (898)
• India
10 Sep 08
well i use the traditional method to write story cause while writingi in such amanner your imain focus is only on writin story but of you write or typr story on pc you wil find some or a lot of distratcions like emails coming or buzz or surfing net or listening to music so i think the tradtional method of story writin on papaer is a very good option rather than going for pc typing
• United Kingdom
10 Sep 08
If I'm writing about anything I will generally just turn to the computer and hopefully the words will begin to flow! I guess I don't suffer from the infamous "Writer's Block"! I can understand where you're coming from though in relation to brainstorming and planning. You can think a lot about the subject you are going to write about. I tend to do my thinking at the computer only and, as you say, it's very easy to edit your work, make changes and so forth. You have mentioned mind-mapping and this is an excellent tool! I use them myself and I do create mind-maps on pages of A4. I use these generally to create my goals in life! I link things up and so forth, my heart's desires! Anyway, there you have it. Andrew
• United States
10 Sep 08
I don't know why it is, but words flow through my finger while I'm on the computer, but I go blank when I use a pen and pencil.
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
i would always start the story with my laptop because its easier to correct mistakes like grammar and spelling... i am also after the word count since most of my work requires a minimum of 200 words... i still use my notebook and pen to jot down notes like important web addresses, etc...
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I use pen and paper to organize my thoughts. For final editing I use my computer to check for grammar and spelling. I easily get lost when I'm already facing my computer. I got mix up and eventually the words won't keep coming. I disrupted and I can't seems to make things right the way it is.
@Eileen01 (195)
• China
10 Sep 08
Conputer now and pen before. In past years ,I used pen and paper but now I have a computer and it's easier to express my story.