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Old March 13th, 2008, 7:52 am
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Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

My best friend uses paper and a pen, and then she types it all up.

I sometimes use paper, but that's only when I can't use my computer.

Which do you prefer, computer or paper?

I myself prefer my computer. My typing has gotten lightyears better, and hey, there's spellcheck and grammarcheck (although, it does get to be a pain when the computer marks every single name as misspelled or not a word). I also don't like wasting paper, so...

Don't get me wrong, I totally respect the traditional route. But editors tend to prefer a printed manuscript. It's easier to read and edit.


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Old March 13th, 2008, 10:55 am
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I'm with you. I tend to prefer using my computer when I can. For me typing is much more convenient and quick. However, for the most part when an idea strikes me, I'm usually nowhere near my computer and have to stick to jotting things down on a piece of paper. I always transfer it to the computer though.

I appreciate anyone who takes the time to write long-hand as well, but that process is just too tedious for me. (Not to mention I have horrible handwriting.)


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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:28 pm
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Horses for courses. Stephen King says he can't keep up with his ideas in longhand while Clive James uses longhand saying that what you cross out is as important as what you keep.

Me I generally go paper first as I can write where ever.

BTW: It's a relatively recent question.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I'm generally a paper person myself, in case I want to make any corrections. But it really depends on my mood I guess, in the end -- there are some days where I prefer to type things up on a computer.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I like to write long-hand, but it's not a necessary thing to me. Usually, I'll start writing something by hand, and then transfer it to the computer and continue on there. Or I'll print it out, make my edits and add more, then add that to my saved document.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I like longhand for stories that I havent really developed. I can sort of flesh it out, but I really like Computer better for orginizing my thoughts. I have a jump drive filled with all my writing and its been a life saver. Its just quicker to write on the computer.


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I write it all out on paper first, and all of it too, because if I see a misspelled word or grammatical error I want to fix it right away and not wait until the end, which is a bad thing to get into a habbit of. You should worry about spelling and grammar last. I just prefer to write it because the computer also has a lot of temptations, like getting on the internet instead, and other things you'd prefer to do. While as in paper you can have an endless suply of paper to write things you need to remember on the side. My typing skills are already too fast, so it doesn't take long to copy it all on computer either, but my handwriting is pretty, I know, weird reason to want to write, but I think that if you find little things to help you out with either way, computer cause it helps your typing, or writing cause you work on your handwriting, your views on either one will help a bit .


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I'll use either, but if given the choice I would use a notebook or my laptop, because I prefer to write by myself. Plus I love me the synonym button, new words are being learnt everyday.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

When I am writing my stories, I usually write it in longhand first. I write a basic outline of a scene, then a more detailed outline, then I write a kind of script version, but then when I actually write it out in prose I type it.

I also use computers for reading. I have a little PDA with Microsoft reader, and I read that a lot. I've made a few ebooks, both of my own work and books and resources I found on the net. Ebooks are very flexible in that you can add annotations, highlights and even text notes and highlights. There's a free download of Reader for your desktop as well. it will even read your books out loud for you!


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I'll use either, but if given the choice I would use a notebook or my laptop, because I prefer to write by myself. Plus I love me the synonym button, new words are being learnt everyday.
Ah! the synonym button, the life saver of my essay writing career! Thats another pro for the computer!


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I like paper better. I like being able to cross things out and still see them for the record of it. I just like having a more concrete version of whatever it is for myself. I'll type whatever I write down later, or if i'm in a hurry, I'll type it out the first time. it all depends.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

This is an interesting debate for me. I have been known to do both write long-hand as well as type on the computer. I guess it depends on what I'm doing, really.


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Ah! the synonym button, the life saver of my essay writing career! Thats another pro for the computer!
Me too! I have no idea what I did before I found it, lol.


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I prefer paper as I can carry it around with me - my PC is a tad on the heavy side to go everywhere with me


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WHEN I do write, I much prefer the computer. My thoughts seem to flow more freely through my fingers rather than through my pen. Don't get me wrong, I've also written on paper a fair few times, but I much prefer typing. My hand also cramps much faster when I'm writing on paper, so that makes writing a chore for me if I do it on paper, verses when I type it out on the computer.


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My best friend uses paper and a pen, and then she types it all up.

I sometimes use paper, but that's only when I can't use my computer.

Which do you prefer, computer or paper?

I myself prefer my computer. My typing has gotten lightyears better, and hey, there's spellcheck and grammarcheck (although, it does get to be a pain when the computer marks every single name as misspelled or not a word). I also don't like wasting paper, so...

Don't get me wrong, I totally respect the traditional route. But editors tend to prefer a printed manuscript. It's easier to read and edit.
I'm the same way as your friend. I feel like an authentic writer when I use a pen and paper because I know that some of the greatest authors wrote their masterpieces using the same method.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I used to prefer just a pen and paper, but I'm finding that it's a lot easier for me to write on the computer now. I still plan longhand because I find it easier to organise my thoughts, but using my computer just makes it feel easier for me somehow. And now I can type faster than I can write, so it's useful for when I have a huge sudden idea and want to write it down as quick as possible.


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Me too! I have no idea what I did before I found it, lol.
Use a thesaurus?


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I can't ever seem to get my ideas out fast enough when writing on paper. That's why usually, I only use my computer for writing. It's a lot easier for me, and it helps a lot for some reason.


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I tend to go for paper myself when I'm writing rough drafts and things and then I fix them up as I put them on the pc. But I agree with ginnypotter19 that a pc has just too many temptations; like when you're sitting there trying to figure out how to convey what you're trying to say but then you just quickly think 'let me check my email' or something like that and then you just get completely off subject. I just can't concentrate as well when I'm on my pc. I do enjoy typing but I like writing more.


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