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Post by Bri Munnich » 11 Jul 2016, 03:47

As a published author I actually despise typing on the computer. My brain thinks faster than my fingers can type so I forget my ideas. Also, the computer makes it so easy to change things and so I second guess myslef and change things.

I really enjoy writing my stories put in pen in my notebook. For me it holding a page of my "book" between my fingers is nostaglic and feel real.

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Post by emthomas1 » 27 Jul 2016, 16:52

My penmanship hasn't progressed since my years in elementary school. That flaw, combined with my ability to type very fast, means that I overwhelmingly prefer the computer.

On a more functional level, I enjoy the freedom of tinkering with a paragraph or chapter by digital means; I've copy and pasted sections at times so that I can tinker with them and compare the results side by side.

All that being said, I have great admiration for those that do it totally by hand!

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Post by alwaysdaddygirl » 09 Aug 2016, 09:47


I writed by hand first. I still use pencil, and paper. I keep a set in my purse, etc.

I then type it. I use either Mac or Windows( Sorry for the added information.)

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Post by fari30 » 10 Aug 2016, 17:11

I like to brainstorm on paper and I feel like physically writing things makes me more motivated? Seeing actual pages filled with my writing is just more motivational that knowing I wrote 14 pages on Word. However, after a first draft if I do it on paper, I type it on the computer and edit there.
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Post by AA1495 » 12 Sep 2016, 18:05

Computer - always!! It's so much quicker and so much more convenient. The spell check obviously helps as well.

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Post by Jonathan Trapman » 03 Oct 2016, 08:39

Always! I have a great fountain pen which I use to make notes when out and about but come back to my writing desktop and write away.
At 66 I have grown up with keyboards and never felt comfortable writing a full novel or other by pen. Ideas flow much better through the board.
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Post by SandraTWP-BRW » 03 Oct 2016, 15:24

I do now. When I very first went back to writing, I had become a daily computer user...but my mind only remembered paper. I had to walk away, pick up a legal pad and pen, and only then could I write.

However, that was a very long time ago. Now, it's not so much that I don't like a pen and paper, but most everything I write needs to end up being on the computer in the end. I may as well start and edit there.
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Post by srm628 » 06 Oct 2016, 12:45

I actually generally write on my phone. I prefer the smaller keyboard and it is a lot easier to do, plus then I have my privacy because people can't see what I am doing on my phone.
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Post by Timothy Trimble » 06 Oct 2016, 16:10

I do all of my writing via computer, tablet, or phone. I use a combination of Evernote and Scrivener, and I store my files in Dropbox. However, I recently have felt a strange desire to own a moleskin book and write something by hand, even though my handwriting is the pits.

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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 06 Oct 2016, 17:33

I first write what I want to write on a piece of paper (reviews, assignments etc) and then write them into the computer. I don't know why but I am not able to concentrate much when I am writing in the computer.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 06 Oct 2016, 18:42

I take notes with pen and paper while reading but my actual writing is done on the computer.
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Post by lily_kh87 » 08 Oct 2016, 15:21

I prefer the computer because of the spell checking of course, but sometimes I like to write by hand especially when I write my journal.
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Post by Zoey141 » 12 Oct 2016, 09:40

Although I love using pen and paper, I can't write too fast due to my arthritis. I find the computer really useful. Also, I can use writing softwares that help me set writing goals and track my progress. I personally find Focus Write useful.

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Post by StephThyng » 12 Oct 2016, 10:37

To take notes I will use a pen and paper, but to write full reviews or articles, I find that I can type out my thoughts and ideas a lot faster than I can write them down on paper.
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Post by Sean Wheeler » 13 Oct 2016, 07:08

Nowadays, I'm always on the computer.

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