Heroism: Hit the Books

My book is a living organism. I type up rough drafts, I write some more. I write in a notebook, then on the computer, then back to the notebook.

For a long time, I’ve been typing up Part 3 of my novel, although at some point the story line changed enough that it became all new material and no ‘typing up’. After about 50 pages of beating my head against the keyboard, I realized-

“This is all new stuff. I can go back to writing in a notebook and give my eyeballs a break from the screen.”

SO I DID IT. I made the jump (which is always the hardest thing for me, because there’s a division) and I’m writing in a notebook now.

Now I’ve written so much in the two places that I’m developing a whole bunch of completely unnecessary strong opinions about them. So which one do I prefer? Which one is easier?

There are pros and cons to each.

WRITING IN A NOTEBOOK:

  • I can scratch my thoughts and sudden future plotlines that pop into my head on the margins
  • I can take it with me anywhere
  • Battery never dies and brightness never bothers my eyes
  • Writing slower improves my writing, I think. Gives me more time to formulate sentences.
  • Lets me practice my handwriting. I’ve gotten complemented on my handwriting more than once.

WRITING ON THE COMPUTER:

  • I can type faster
  • I can go straight to printing
  • I can make 5 million copies if I want to- there’s less of a chance of losing it
  • I don’t have to sharpen pencils
  • Writing faster helps me spit out ideas without re-thinking and losing my nerve or inspiration.

How do you prefer to write? I definitely prefer pencil and paper. Even though I turn into a stressed peanut when I realize there’s only one copy of my brilliance in the world, and if I lose it or my house burns down or something it’s GONE- even then, I still like the intimacy of writing in my own little world, disconnected and lost in my thoughts.

 

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  1. I concur that pencil and paper is preferable. There is nothing quite like that form of writing. It is an experience that cannot be replaced by a keyboard and a monitor. Pencils are about as crucial to life as sandwiches.

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  2. Well, I prefer PEN and paper so HA.

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  3. Do you? The pen may indeed be more powerful than the sword, but the PENCIL is more powerful than the atom bomb, so THERE.

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  4. I loooooooooooove writing on pen and paper, there’s something so satisfying about a notebook!! but I HATE HATE HATE how long it takes to type it all up after…. xO and I do like that on word you can cut and move things around a lot, which I love to do.

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  5. YES. Typing it all up is the bane of my writing experience.

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