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« on: September 20, 2006, 07:25:48 AM »
I have been using my computer for writing my stuff. I have average typing speed.
Was wondering if I should start writing with pen and paper instead of typing.

I know this is a matter of preference; but how many of you switched and what difference did you observe in what you were doing.

Is the pen mightier than the computer.

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Re: computer or paper
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006, 07:29:14 AM »
I do all my writing longhand and then transfer to computer. While typing in I make any changes and corrections. I personally find this the best way to write

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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2006, 07:31:10 AM »
I like to write initial ideas out longhand, maybe some scenes with dialogue in to get a feel for the characters. The nice thing about that is that you can stick drawings in or side notes. Say you are writing a scene in a flat, you can sketch a floor map, making it easier to see. I always have a pad by my computer so I can do exactly the same there.

I'm a pretty fast typist though so when it comes to the scene itself I type it. Mainly because my longhand is almost illegible and I can type faster than I can write. When you are going through that initial creation phase though, I like the fact that writing longhand slows things down. It makes me think more intensely about what I am creating.


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Re: computer or paper
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2006, 08:14:44 AM »
I myself am finding it difficult to handle sidenotes; they invariably get lost. Plus if you get a random idea you dont feel like booting up.
thanks for the feedback.

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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2006, 08:30:45 AM »
get a ring bound book for writing your stuff in. If you have it on loose leafs of paper it will disappear. I use the book for ideas, observations, writing whatever comes into my head, storing it when I finish it. If you need inspiration, flicking through the older books almost certainly gives it. I've got a little mini-recorder as well, I sometimes 'act' my dialogue into it, seeing if it sounds OK when I hear it back. You have to allow a little variation - some things work in print that don't work audibly - I also take photos of interesting scenes with my phone/camera - store them on my computer. Anything that helps is worth doing.  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2006, 11:09:08 AM »
I usually write on my computer, and I can type rather quickly. Certainly as fast as I can write by hand.
I like to write on the computer, because it looks neater. No smudges and blotches, no bad handwriting, no strikethroughs...
I even find myself taking my laptop with me when I have to visit my relatives for a birthday or so.
Having said that, I also write by hand, e.g. when going into town with my daughters for the music lessons or their bilingual kids workshop. I always go to town by bus, and wouldn't dream of taking my laptop along to town. Too heavy. But a notebloc and pen are easy to carry with me in my backpack, and all I have to do is take them out and start writing. Back home I'll of course turn on my computer and tranfere my writing to the computer...

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2006, 12:08:31 PM »
Computer, definitely; it allows me to read what I've written... ;D

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Re: computer or paper
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2006, 12:17:31 PM »
For poems, I start on paper and then transfer to computer when I think I've got the shape of it.  For stories and essays, I start on computer.  For both, I print out each draft and revise mostly on paper and then update the computer copy once the paper one becomes too difficult to make sense of.
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2006, 07:18:37 PM »
I used to write only on paper - then I discovered the laptop!! ;D

Now I do most of my writing on my computer - I find it faster and easier to change, as, and when, a new idea strikes.

But I have to admit, I like to keep my notes - chapter breakdown, character descriptions and research - in a hand written file so I can look them up quickly wthout leaving my writing.

I find it more immediate and, in a way, more personal to put ink to paper.

I also carry a notebook around with me for any odd idea's or sparks of inspiration. ;D (Plus a voice recorder by my bed for all those great lines of dialogue that I can always manage to write in my sleep and which always make SO much sense at the time. ::))
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2006, 07:54:00 PM »
I do all of my writing on my computer; it is much easier to edit when adding and deleting parts in chapters or rectifying spellings, it's much tidier too lol. Plus I have athritis of the neck and wrists, so the computer is easier to work with than paper and pen.
I do also jot down small notes if I have some new ideas when I'm away from my computer; my hubby did buy me one of those little recording machines, but I'd feel like a right plonker sat somewhere talking to myself, even in front of my husband lol  :D

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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2006, 08:01:00 PM »
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my hubby did buy me one of those little recording machines, but I'd feel like a right plonker sat somewhere talking to myself, even in front of my husband lol 


Trust me Elodie-Caroline, you feel even more of a plonker when you listen to your own voice played back. ;D

It's really great though if you're trying to see if your dialogue works.  ;)

Find a quiet place  ::) read your dialogue out loud, then play it back - trust me, it really works.
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2006, 08:15:18 PM »
LOL Cathy ... Whenever I've been captured on a recorder, like the hubby playing with his moblie, i sound like a cross between someone off Eastenders and an old farmer lol  ;D and yet I've been told that I sound like a little girl by lots of people on the phone? ... Very strange.

I talk my voices/dialogue in my head; after all, with the main man in my stories, i always know exactly how he would sound and say things lol  ;)

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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2006, 08:32:00 PM »
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I talk my voices/dialogue in my head; after all, with the main man in my stories, i always know exactly how he would sound and say things lol 


Sounds like your half in love with him already Ellie? ;D
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2006, 08:40:34 PM »
LOL ... I write stories with the French actor Jean Reno in my mind as the main man,; I'm writing the kind of things I would rather see him in than some of the daft films he has made ... I should have been his manager I reckon? lol. But I don't write his leading ladies as though they're me, they're not actually my fantasies of him put in to writing ... He doesn't do porn films hahahaha  :D

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Re: computer or paper
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2006, 01:38:28 AM »
and yet I've been told that I sound like a little girl by lots of people on the phone? ... Very strange.


Ok Ellie, send me your number....need to test that. Just making sure you're talking to the right people.