Do you prefer a pen or a keyboard?

France
February 10, 2009 7:58pm CST
What's your favorite way of writing?
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27 responses
• United States
11 Feb 09
Since I do mostly nothing but type, I get things done quicker that way and the way my handwriting looks now, it surely shows..lol..I prefer typing because it just looks horrible when I have to write now..
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@paid2write (5201)
11 Feb 09
I've been using keyboards for more than 25 years. I started on a manual typewriter, worked with electric typewriters, learned to use a word processer and then started using a computer. When I write by hand I have to keep crossing out, inserting, rewriting and throwing away pages of paper. Using a keyboard I can do all this on the screen. I can create documents and save files, so nothing gets lost and anything can be reworded, reworked and used again.
• France
11 Feb 09
Do you need to print your writings to be able to have another look at what you wrote?
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11 Feb 09
I don't own a printer. All my writings are published on the Internet, and submitted online.
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• France
11 Feb 09
I'm just wondering because I saw in a movie just yesterday a writer checking her writings this way and I found it interesting, to be able to have a look what she wrote a different way.
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Both really. I love pens for writing in journals, cards, doodling. But I have grown pretty use to my keyboard now for writing purposes of almost every kind. I have a small collection of art pens that are decorative mostly but I enjoy writing with them too.
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• France
12 Feb 09
I couldn't agree with you more.
• South Africa
11 Feb 09
Both. One is technolgical so you won't make errors but the other has the character and tradition etc. I would never phase outthe pen.
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• France
11 Feb 09
It's pleasant to hear.
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@LaurenInLA (2271)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I find myself typing whenever possible. My handwriting is horrible probably because I don't have the patience to write in long hand. My writing is so bad that the people that work for me insist that I type. The standard office joke is that you have job security when you can read my handwriting. It's sometimes so bad that I can't read it myself!
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• France
11 Feb 09
Aow, I have to say since I use my keyboard more and more my writing became worst than before and I actually find it a little sad. I mean yeah, we're living in the wonderful century of technologies but I still do think it's appreciable to write and be read from the good old flowing pen.
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
11 Feb 09
The keyboard definitely. It feels weird writing with a pen now. I doubt I would be able to read my own handwriting after a few minutes of writing.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I depends upon the work I am doing but most of the time I used keyboard in writing. But there are times that we can't use computer but pen, like signing or anything? although we are not using pen often but at least we still use pen. But I preferred keyboard in writing.
@jammyt (2822)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
When I was in elementary and HS, I loved writing long, hand written letters. In fact this went on until college. I just loved keeping a diary or letters to my friend. When I started working and was exposed to the PC most of the time, my fingers started to stiffen after writing a few lines. I guess my fingers needs exercise too! LOL!
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@scheng1 (24688)
• Singapore
11 Feb 09
Love using both. It may sounds silly, but I like the feel of ink on paper. There is also a deep sense of satisfaction to use up one pen after another. Like using keyboard too, especially for discussion forum like mylot. Like to hear the sounds of keyboard.
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• France
11 Feb 09
If we talk about keyboards and myLot, I have to say that I prefer a hundred times my laptop keyboard. As for this way of leaving some ink on the paper, I feel exactly the same as you do. That's what I wanted to hear actually
@scheng1 (24688)
• Singapore
12 Feb 09
haha, guess the pen manufacturer loves us very much oh.
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• France
12 Feb 09
Certainly the same way as we do
@ehlana88 (330)
• United States
11 Feb 09
It truly depends on the day. I like to handwrite many things because it truly helps me remember them. I may never see the list I made again but its ingrained in my memory. Likewise, I like to use a pen if I'm having trouble focusing on the computer. For me the internet is often just one giant distraction to my writing. The best would be a typewriter or a laptop not connected to the net. Then I could take it places and write and observe and love it.
• France
11 Feb 09
You mean not to be interfered by the possible other activities you could have online or because you fear hackers?
@ehlana88 (330)
• United States
11 Feb 09
No I don't fear hackers. I like to disconnect simple because blogs, emails, games, mylot, etc. All the glorious bounty of the internet is a distraction for me.
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• France
11 Feb 09
I would also like it like you for the same reasons but also because I fear somebody would be able to steal my words
@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
11 Feb 09
Keyboard. It is faster and easier to correct, when I make a mistake or want to change something. What about you? Take care.
• France
12 Feb 09
For the same reasons as response 17.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
12 Feb 09
Yes me too. Take care, have a nice day.
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• United States
12 Feb 09
It really depends on what it is that I am writing. I find for me, that when I write poetry, pen is better, as it allows my creativity to flow better for some reason. Short stories, however, keyboard is better because I can type as fast as my mind goes and so I find it flows better. When I write to friends, I like to make it more personal, so I use stationary and pen. Which do you prefer and why?
• France
12 Feb 09
I don't have any preferences as I mentioned before. See the previous response for example. Writing stories with a pen is really hard for me too, my hand can get tired after 2 or 3 pages of writings.
• United States
12 Feb 09
I love pen and paper, but I don't write that much anymore. I broke my hand years ago and it has never been the same. It starts hurting easily when I try to write with a pen :o(. So, I have to use the computer mostly. What is your favorite way of writing?
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• France
12 Feb 09
I think I have to say it depends what I have to write. For example, if it's to write a letter for a job application that would better by email, so if I make a mistake I don't have to start it all over again and again. If I wanna write a short stories or something the keyboard will be easier again. Finally if I wanna write a love letter or such thing I'll try with a good old pen and a piece of paper.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I have composed on the computer, but I prefer good ole fashion pen to paper.
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• France
12 Feb 09
Pens are good.
@bjcyrix (6907)
• Philippines
14 Feb 09
Heya, I used to prefer to write with a pen before. Id literally make drafts of it on scratch papers and Id draw arrows in case there's something Id want to insert or revise or something. But as time went on and I got comfortable at the computer Id type it directly using the keyboard. However, I still prefer the old fashioned way and that is write the very first draft of my work using a pen and then just revising/editing it using the computer and keyboard.^_^
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• United States
12 Feb 09
Yes I prefer typing also, I don't find my handwriting that attractive, and when I'm on the computer I type really fast which is an advantage, something I lack with pen.
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@baileycows (3667)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I definitely prefer a keyboard. I have had surgeries on my hands and they seem to cramp easier and more when I am writing for long periods. However I can type for much longer before they start hurting.
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@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
I'd still go for the pen since I also draw. Although I don't write that beautifully writing small notes or short letters by hand to friends is still heartwarming for me. However if something is needed to be written formally i.e. business letters etc. I type it of course.
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@candysky (855)
• Malaysia
11 Feb 09
well, i will prefer keyboard because my hand writing very ugly... so, i like to use keyboard... but for keyboard, there is an disadvantage, there was you will forgot the word easily... because when using keyboard, you can use computer to check spelling, so, you won't really remember the spelling... if for chinese word, you can just guess the spell and there will have the word for you to choose... so, for the word, i forgot easily, sometime, when i need to write out, i will accidentally write the pin yin (the spelling) instead of the word...
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
It depends really. If it's for someone else, like a loved one, I'd go for writing it myself because it adds a personal touch. But if it's an urgent matter and would be sent out to someone as a mere acquaintance, then I'd go for typing. It depends really with the medium too. But now a days, I'd go for keyboard, you can't actually write your emails with a pen, right?
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