Paper or Computer?

  • dark_rose

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    I looked around and didn't see a topic about this, so please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Okay, I'm one of those who sits down with my laptop and just starts writing. I like it because I can go in and edit things as I write without making a huge mess.

    On the flip side, I know some people who have to write things out on paper before transferring the work to the computer. Perhaps it's the idea of the actual process of writing versus just typing on a computer. I do write and sometimes expand ideas on paper if I get a plot bunny at a random time with no access to a computer.

    My issue is that my mind just flows so fast that it's much easier for me to keep time with my thoughts if I type instead of write.

    So which do you prefer? Writing out an outline or rough draft and then typing? Or just jumping straight to the computer?
    November 23rd, 2008 at 05:24am
  • Devil May Cry

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    I wish I could just jump straight on a computer to type, but I can't, because I don't have one. When I did have one, though, I highly preferred to just type things. The problem for me with just typing on the computer has always been that I get distracted. If I didn't sign onto MSN, my friends would guilt me, so I'd be talking to people as I was trying to write. I'd never get anything done.

    Now, I've grown to value pencils and paper. There's something technical to me about just typing, too, as if there's no creativity in it. Like when you write on paper, it's all in your own handwriting. It's yours. Writing on paper has always just seemed easier for me.

    Perfect font and format to me should be for "final drafts". So, go paper and writing utensils. :shifty
    November 23rd, 2008 at 06:39am
  • folie a dru.

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    It depends on the story.
    Most of the time prefer writing on the computer.
    But I do write long-hand [always pens and college-ruled paper] for some stories. If I'm not at the computer or if it's a story that needs the... naturalness [?] of long-hand.
    Lots of "To the Bones" was written long-hand.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 07:57am
  • traceuse.

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    A sharp pencil and paper for me.
    I like it because it can draw little pictures and things, and follow the way my mind works without having to open new documents.
    Although I hate having to type it up afterwards.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 08:34am
  • chrissie.

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    I really like initally writing it out on paper, because as I type it up, it gives me the chance to add and change things, etc.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 09:49am
  • bateman

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    I quite like writing on paper, but it's difficult for me to get the privacy.
    I hate it when people ask me what I'm writing, or ask to see it.
    I also find it easier to write on the computer, because I can go back and edit parts or add things without making it look a mess.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 12:12pm
  • pulmonary archery.

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    I always write on the computer, because I don't feel safe writing on paper. People can find paper, not computer files. :shifty

    I just prefer actually typing it too, because you can cleanly edit things straight off, instead of having to cross out, scribble, cram in extra ideas or changes. It probably helps that I touch type, so really I'm a faster typer than I am a writer, and I can get whats in my head out much more quickly and smoothly without forgetting what I was about to put down.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 12:17pm
  • Spanish Lullaby

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    Well, I guess it depends on where I am. If I'm on the computer with a story idea, I type it up, then continue what I was writing in a notebook.

    I perfer notebooks though. Moe privacy, I guess.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 07:37pm
  • Lies for a Liar

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    When I first started I wrote on paper and thansferred it. Now, though, I write it all on the computer. I write random ideas down on paper if they come to me at a time when I'm not at home and then type them into drafts (where I keep all my ideas) but I write the final versions of chapter on Word.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 08:24pm
  • fairyfeller

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    I've taken to writing stories in a notebook, then typing them up on Word. I only do this with one-shots though.
    November 23rd, 2008 at 09:15pm
  • meeshell.

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    If I think of something on the spot and I can't get to a computer, I just take out a piece of paper and write it down. But usually I write on the computer because it's faster to type than write.
    November 24th, 2008 at 01:08am
  • Gibbers

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    I have my notebooks. And my computer. Depending on where I am, most of the time I write in my notebooks. When I transfer them I usually type a bit more than I've written so I print those out, stick 'em in my notebooks and keep going from there. My notebooks are a sight. 4 of them, falling apart, tied toghether, taped together, loose papers falling out everywhere. :)
    November 24th, 2008 at 02:54am
  • What's in a name?

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    I used to write it all in notebooks and transfer it.
    But I don’t like how slow writing by hand is.
    So usually I type on the computer but whenever
    I get ideas and for whatever reason don’t have
    access to my computer I write it in notebooks.
    Sometimes I write in a notebook instead of
    typing on the computer even though I could
    because I’ve stared writing in a notebook
    and have a lot written.
    November 24th, 2008 at 12:36pm
  • The Way

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    Computer, hands down.
    Writing by hand, for me, is less organized and tiring. I can't gather my thoughts correctly, and I get too lazy with describing since my hands get tired :XD And when I have to rewrite something... I just don't like the block of darkened ink marring the page. I mean, I doodle and draw, but it's usually distracting, and I don't prefer it for serious writing. I'm getting used to it though; our ENGLCOM class requires 1 1/2 hours each day writing essays by hand on yellow pad. I usually fill up like, 10 pages. T_T And if I really need to, I jot down thoughts or lines on tissue paper or torn notebook paper.

    Typing on the computer, I find, is much easier. I can gather thoughts better, and if I wanted to scrap something, I just hit delete and start over. My thoughts flow smoother, better, since if I have to insert something I don't need that little up arrow thing and having to write in super small font. And I dislike the typing it up process. It really irks me. I'd prefer having to do it by scratch. Plus, my fingers have memorized the keyboard and the writing goes faster. And I tend to lose myself in the glow of the monitor.
    November 24th, 2008 at 01:31pm
  • kafka.

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    I type really really fast now and writing on a computer comes like a second nature. But I read on paper a lot, I like sending letters and cards, and I write a lot for school -not just essays but research and all kinds of reading lists, reviews and reading stuff, so I'll say it's a tie.
    When I start writing stories or fiction in general I want to get at least 2000 words done fast, I can't write that fast on paper. Not that I ever write fiction anymore.
    November 24th, 2008 at 01:37pm
  • Robert Pattinson.

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    I type mine up on computer whenever I get the idea. I find it so much easier and more efficient as you can edit as you go without creating a whole lot of mess.
    I would write on paper if I actually owned a notebook that wasn't wither full or dead.
    November 24th, 2008 at 07:24pm
  • dirt.

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    I prefer paper.
    I love having a copy of my work, so I can look and edit things I don't like or change things in my stories. I hate when I spend ages typing a story on the computer, only to have it lost or deleted by accident.
    November 24th, 2008 at 08:00pm
  • Max.

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    I don't like writing down on paper because I have really messy hand writing, so I look back and just don't have a clue what I've written.

    I also prefer to have my work under a password. And it's easier to transfer a chapter from a word document or from the drafts section in my mibba to submit it rather than having to type it out all over again.

    But that's just my opinion.
    November 24th, 2008 at 09:51pm
  • Careless Whisper.

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    Though I don't really write anymore (it's been months), I have always had to use the computer. I'm lazy, to be honest, and it's a lot easier that way. I just don't have the patience to hand write it and then type it out. :file: lol
    November 25th, 2008 at 03:57am
  • budgie

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    I like to write in on paper first, mainly because I like to write in my room.

    Although, I hate hate hate typing it up.

    But while I'm typing it up I can change things and...whatnot. :file:
    November 26th, 2008 at 04:28am