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Old December 6th, 2008, 2:52 am
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

What I do when I'm writing is I write as much as possible in a notebook. Then after a while, I type it up in Microsoft Word and edit the story as I'm typing. Then when I want to write more, I just go back to writing in the notebook, and then back to the computer. I like having that kind of system because if my computer ever dies on me, I always have my notebook and most of my story written. Then, if my notebook ends up lost, I can always find my story on my computer and jot down the computerized version of my story in a new notebook.

The good thing to having this kind of system is that you can write whatever pops into your head into the notebook and then when it's time to type it up, you can always go back and edit the parts that need editing. Plus, it's good to have a physical, hard copy of the story for future references.


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Old December 10th, 2008, 12:31 am
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

It all depends for me. If I'm writing an essay or short story, or something that I'm going to post online, DEFINITELY computer. I would hate writing a fanfic then having to type it up. However, whenever I do something of my own, I have lots of journals that I write them in. Probably because those mean slightly more to me so I like keeping it around wherever I go and that kind of thing. Typing is defintely easier though.


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Old March 21st, 2009, 3:47 am
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I do use both of them also.
But I've already fullfilled entire notebooks of stories now I regret I once created.
It's a shame to waste paper...I know!!
But still notebooks are good to read carefully and work as a good way to begin with a draft.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I prefer to use paper at first, because then it is easier for me to read, and I like the feeling of looking at a page full of purple words (i write in purple ink). Then when I finish it, I like to type it up, then go back and edit it, more than once. i don't like it how the computer marks a lot of things wrong, like when you repeat a word, trying to create a dramatic effect, though. I think that it is a tie because they both have pros and cons.


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Old March 28th, 2009, 12:48 am
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I like writing on paper, because I love flipping through the notebooks, and see all my writing.
But using the computer doesnt cramp my hand...
So I dont know which I like better....


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Old March 28th, 2009, 1:51 pm
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I love writing on paper, though the computer is more practical, because it's easy to change things, and it's easier to read what I write on the computer than my hand-writing.

But I like paper better, especially if I write texts that I don't mean to show others, that is, writing just for fun.


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Old March 29th, 2009, 7:09 pm
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

When I write I tend to gravitate towards using the computer to do so. I do sometimes use paper and pen, though, when I don't feel like sitting in front of the computer. I also feel that sometimes the more traditional way of writing makes the ideas flow a bit better.


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Old March 31st, 2009, 1:05 am
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I don't know why , but since I read comments posted in this forum I began writing a chapter in a notebook as a first draft and then write more details included when I wrote in the computer.


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I also feel that sometimes the more traditional way of writing makes the ideas flow a bit better.
Today we had writing day at school, and I didn't get a computer at once so I started to write by hand. And I agree with you, sometimes that is easier. Especially when I found my handwriting has become quite beautiful and old stylish (doesn't make it easy to read, though), which was very inspiring, as I wrote a fairytale.


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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.
I do not understand how anyone in your generation could choose anything other than computer! I got my first computer in college, so I already had an established paper habit. But I weaned myself of it over the course of a couple semesters and it has been computer ever sicne. I will write short scenes on paper if I'm without access to a computer (like jotting something down while having lunch by myself, or while sitting in a doctor;'s office, airport, etc.) But I handwrite something longer than a name and phone number so rarely, my writing is nearly illegible even to me.


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Old August 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Depends

When I still kept a diary with all my personal intimate stuff in it, I ALWAYS wrote in my little notebook. That just didn't feel right, typing it. Wish I would have kept that habit, it's so hard to get back to that.

For school, I usually type my papers and essays on the computer. For German and English, that is; French & Spanish essays I usually write by hand because all those stupid signs are hard for me to get into my Microsoft Word.
When I take notes I write them down manually, too.

For stories it's the computer all the way.

Poetry, depends. Usually they get better when I write them in a little book.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

when i write stories and essays and what not, i use the computer.all my thoughts go out good on the computer because i go a lot faster. when it comes to my poems, i like paper, and ive got a journal, hidden from my parents and sister, because they don't know i LOVE to write, and if they did, they would most likely, DEFINETELY look in it, so i write my poems on paper, and hide the journal. poems require deeper thoughts, and i don't want to finish them in a hurry, i want to take my time, and release my inner thoughts calmly. pkus, it feels more authorlike to write them down on paper, it seems a bit old fashioned, and i like that. =]]


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

...Err, my iPod?

All my ideas seem to be more fleshed out when I write it up than use a PC, but ever since I got my iPod Touch, I have a habit of typing stuff up there more than I do with both my notebook & PC. XDDD


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Computer. I've never been able to write on paper -- partly because in order to write on paper fast enough to keep up with my ideas, I have to write very messily, but mainly because paper is so permanent. When I write something on the computer, I can type something out quickly as soon as it comes into my head, then get rid of it immediately as soon as I see what it reads like. On paper, I have to take the time to write the whole thing out, then look at it, then erase (and you never can erase something entirely), and by that time I've lost the thread of whatever I was saying.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Paper. Cause I have to share a computer and there are times when I can't get to the computer, and also I can think things out better when I'm writing for some reason. I'm really not that good of a typer and so I loose some ideas when trying to type up a story on the computer. I write it first then type it up.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I usually write on paper first, then type my stories. I like many posters above, feel that writing on paper makes me feel more expressive of my own ideas. I don't know why I feel more free when writing on paper. I'm now certain of that fact. After writing a lot in the trap door challenges.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I seem to prefer typing as it is a faster process and allows you to quickly check on spelling and grammatical mistakes. However, I find it useful to map out a breif plan on paper before hopping to type this thing up.


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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I tend to do both, like if I'm not near my computer but have an idea I'll just jot it down in a notebook or some other paper which I always try to keep nearby. You always have to be prepared in case an idea strikes.


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Old October 1st, 2009, 8:55 pm
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Paper will always be the best.

Computers are useful but only to type up ideas AFTER they have been put onto paper.


Nothing beats my trusty, ever-present notebook and pen.


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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:11 pm
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Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I write all ideas in notebooks - it allows me to work out flow and do spider diagrams etc. And also drawings to save on words sometimes.

All this gobbledygook is then transfered to my computer were it takes the form of sentences. And that wonderful spell checker ensures I never win at scrabble, because I can't spell without it.
The second best advantage the computer has for finished ideas is no one gets to see my atrocious hand writing.


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