Login  
 
 
Go Back   Chamber of Secrets > The Writing on the Wall > Writer's Corner

Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate



Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #81  
Old October 3rd, 2009, 5:56 pm
darkness123  Male.gif darkness123 is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3355 days
Age: 29
Posts: 4
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I find that when writing with a paper and pen that I feel closer to what I'm writing. I like seeing my handwriting change depending on how Im feeling. I love writing notes on the side and circling phrases or crossing them out... when i write with a computer i feel ... strange. I can only type one I have everything written out already.


Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #82  
Old October 6th, 2009, 11:58 pm
TM_WandStick  Undisclosed.gif TM_WandStick is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3426 days
Location: Where?
Posts: 61
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

My writing really benefits from me writing everything out long-hand ffirst, and then typing it. I am not a crazy-fast typer, so typing helps me slow down and really read over my essay, or whatever. Doing this helps me find mistakes or other things that I want to change, where just reading it over again I might miss something. I also don't really like staring at a computer screen for a long time trying to figure out what way I want to arrange a sentence. However, I could not live without that synonym button.


Reply With Quote
  #83  
Old October 7th, 2009, 7:11 pm
Desraelda's Avatar
Desraelda  Female.gif Desraelda is offline
Registered Animagus
 
Joined: 5064 days
Location: FlahDah
Posts: 4,210
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Computer all the way. Partly that's because I can't read my own handwriting. Mostly because I can type as fast as I think, I can type without looking at the keyboard, and I can write while I'm watching something else. That's me. Des, the multi-tasker.

If you're writing a short-story or essay, I can see hand writing it. There's not so much to correct. But when I'm writing a 300 page novel, I need to be able to correct and edit as I go. Then I can e-mail the file to beta readers, who can send me corrections that I can plug right in.


Reply With Quote
  #84  
Old October 24th, 2009, 9:37 am
Inigo Imago's Avatar
Inigo Imago  Female.gif Inigo Imago is offline
Third Year
 
Joined: 5613 days
Location: Lubbock, TX
Age: 34
Posts: 381
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I would love to be able to write everything out by hand first. I honestly love the feeling of putting pen to paper and just writing from the heart (it's why I have a love for journals). However, my internal editor is so squeamish, it's extremely difficult for me to write away from the computer. I can scribble ideas on a piece of paper, or specific details of a scene, but I can't seem to do the actual WRITING of the story without being on a computer. My typing is a lot faster than my handwriting and I don't have to keep crossing stuff out and using arrows to move phrases around.

Perhaps I can actually work on it one of these days. Probably not for NaNoWriMo though, I need to be speedy!

- Inigo


__________________
Pottermore Slytherclaw COS Forums

Thank you, COS, for the last 10 years. These forums will be greatly missed.
Reply With Quote
  #85  
Old July 24th, 2010, 5:38 pm
dasisternie  Male.gif dasisternie is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3062 days
Posts: 13
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I am a very tedious planner, when I write anything, even a paragraph. I always start with paper and outline the plot, write characterizations, and small phrases and sentences to serve as an example of the style for each part. I always use my favorite writing medium 8x10 yellow legal pads and blue (black), green, and red pens. I then will type up the meat of the subject just for convenience sake. If writing longhand didn't take so long (and if I could spell) I would write longhand.


__________________
Hufflepuff

"Er --- yes I think so", said Ron. "I think my Mom's got a second cousin who's and accountant, but we never talk about him"

"Tell me one last thing", said harry."Is this real? Or has it all been happening inside my head?"
"Of course it's all been happening, inside your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean its not real?"
Reply With Quote
  #86  
Old July 24th, 2010, 6:53 pm
APolaris  Male.gif APolaris is offline
Banned
 
Joined: 3101 days
Location: Long Island, NY
Age: 35
Posts: 306
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Computer, especially if we're talking about final drafts. I simply like being able to go back and change the writing if I think up better wording (which happens frequently) or wish to add more (which happens more frequently)... without having to restart the entire page or, worse, every page after it.


Reply With Quote
  #87  
Old July 28th, 2010, 1:23 pm
craiggles  Male.gif craiggles is offline
Third Year
 
Joined: 3071 days
Location: California
Age: 26
Posts: 349
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Admittedly computers are much more efficient, but there's just something sentimental to me about writing on paper, even if it takes longer.


__________________
Reply With Quote
  #88  
Old July 29th, 2010, 1:47 am
readergirl166  Female.gif readergirl166 is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3077 days
Location: USA
Posts: 3
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

What I do is if I can't get to my computer, I use paper for my long stories. Woth my short stories and paragraphs, I use paper. In the end it doesn't matter what I use because I put it on the other after for an exta copy. Just in case I loose one, I have the other.


__________________
Slytherin, and proud of it.
Reply With Quote
  #89  
Old August 4th, 2010, 4:34 am
Uriel  Female.gif Uriel is offline
Fourth Year
 
Joined: 4952 days
Location: California
Posts: 596
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

If I had a lap top I'd use it more often. I've always done my writing long hand though. Comes from not having a computer till after high school. I'm used to it. Many times I'm jumping from one story to another and so writing it long hand is the only way for me. When my book is done I'll type it up then.


Reply With Quote
  #90  
Old August 5th, 2010, 10:50 pm
Daughter  Female.gif Daughter is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3053 days
Location: USA
Posts: 5
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I tend to write longhand when writing poems or short stories, I think it lends itself more to creativity. Plus, I tell myself it doesn't have to be perfect, because when I type it up I'll revise it. I generally feel better about what I'm writing if it starts on paper.

However, for longer pieces and things like NaNoWriMo, I go for the computer because it's easier and faster. (I'm not a big fan of typing everything I've just written.) But when I type I use Darkroom, a program that eliminates other computer distractions I get when I'm using Word. I acts kind of like a typewriter; no spell check to distract me and it is full screen. I transfer my work over to Word when I need to edit.


Reply With Quote
  #91  
Old August 6th, 2010, 12:29 am
AliceLiddell  Female.gif AliceLiddell is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3056 days
Location: Perpetual Summertime
Posts: 54
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

When I write it's always always on paper; I can make my handwriting really messy so that no one can read what I wrote. Then when I put it in word, I check over it a final time and edit as I go. It's a long process but I'm more comfortable that way.
What's more, I enjoy being able to actually hold what I wrote, be it in a notebook or on bits of loose-leaf. That way I can take it anywhere with me and make edits to past entries whenever I find the time.


__________________
HawthornVine91
Reply With Quote
  #92  
Old August 8th, 2010, 10:22 am
magic_is_might's Avatar
magic_is_might  Female.gif magic_is_might is offline
Sixth Year
 
Joined: 4133 days
Location: Illinois :)
Age: 26
Posts: 1,017
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I always start out on paper - I can't start off anything new on computer. Writing it out by hand makes me feel that I'm able to completely control what's on there and I can write in the margins and make notes and suggestions. I then use the computer for the final draft.


__________________
Don't Britta it. Watch Community on NBC


Pottermore: SnidgetCharm86
Reply With Quote
  #93  
Old August 12th, 2010, 12:35 am
Morning_Star's Avatar
Morning_Star  Female.gif Morning_Star is offline
Fourth Year
 
Joined: 3737 days
Location: With a book in my hand
Age: 25
Posts: 543
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I write with pen and paper when I can use a lot of time to write, or when something suddenly pops into my head and I have to write it down. (I would have hundreds of files on my computer with short little notes if I wrote them on my PC... And it's easier to just grab a block of paper and a pen than start up that machine thingy! ) When I write something long that I need to finish quickly, I write on my computer. So basically, when I write for school I use a computer, and when I write for fun I use paper.


__________________


You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time.
The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.

—Neil Gaiman

Thank you so much, lilyrose, for the lovely avatar and signature pictures!
Reply With Quote
  #94  
Old August 12th, 2010, 10:01 pm
leah49's Avatar
leah49  Female.gif leah49 is offline
Ron's Pygmy Puff
 
Joined: 4133 days
Location: Weasley's Wizard Wheezes
Age: 36
Posts: 6,390
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I think my answer is changing. I used to love writing on paper, but lately I've come to enjoy writing on the computer more. Well, I guess technically, it'd be called typing. I can't explain why, it's just right now my juices are flowing better on the computer. Maybe it'll change like it did before.


__________________



I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14

My Graphics|Aftermath|Goodreads|My Blog
I may disagree with you politically, religiously, and/or on Snape but that doesn't mean I dislike you.
Reply With Quote
  #95  
Old August 13th, 2010, 1:29 pm
Schlubalybub's Avatar
Schlubalybub  Female.gif Schlubalybub is offline
Suteki da ne
 
Joined: 5702 days
Location: North East Wales
Age: 33
Posts: 2,749
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I prefer to write using paper and pen, then type it up if it needs it


__________________

We asked ourselves, "Can we really fight 24 hours?" And the answer was, "We will fight 8,760 hours!"
- Nobuo Uematsu


Reply With Quote
  #96  
Old August 24th, 2010, 3:43 pm
Fiachra  Male.gif Fiachra is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 3030 days
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 26
Posts: 19
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

Definitely the computer for me. For one thing, my handwriting sucks, and the other - I type faster than I write.

However I find that proofing is much easier when I have a hard copy to work off. Red pens are awesome!


__________________
Reply With Quote
  #97  
Old May 13th, 2011, 3:30 am
urrutiap  Undisclosed.gif urrutiap is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 4150 days
Posts: 13
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I'm old fashioned. I prefer good old notebook paper and pencils. that way you can erase mistakes and start over.

if a computer crashed on you then you're screwed and its bye bye short story etc


Reply With Quote
  #98  
Old May 13th, 2011, 7:33 pm
PotterGirl654  Female.gif PotterGirl654 is offline
First Year
 
Joined: 4729 days
Location: USA
Age: 26
Posts: 95
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I have only ever written some fiction for my own pleasure, but it's always done on paper and in pencil. I only ever typed up one story and it just made me realize how much shorter it really is, if that makes sense! I always thought, when I got a laptop, I would stay up when I didn't have school and type my story all night, but once I got a laptop, that never happened.


__________________
If anyone might want to find me, you may do so on twitter:
http://twitter.com/felicia_stacey

"So I won't let you close enough to hurt me
No, I won't rescue you to just desert me
I can't give you what you think you gave me
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables"
~Adele

Proud Gryffindor
Reply With Quote
  #99  
Old May 30th, 2011, 11:53 pm
LovelyLapin  Female.gif LovelyLapin is offline
Second Year
 
Joined: 2758 days
Location: A flowery meadow.
Posts: 113
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I carry a notebook around with me to jot down ideas, always.
But for some reason if I'm sitting down with my laptop more inspirational goo seems to flow through my brain than normal. I get a lot more accomplish adding things as I go to drafts than trying to write everything out. It's like I get into a certain zone when I'm typing that I just can't seem to get when writing on paper, unless it's a rare instance when I've hatched a brilliant idea. So mostly, I stick with my computer.


__________________
One little stuffed bunny. <3
Reply With Quote
  #100  
Old May 31st, 2011, 12:01 am
gelowo93's Avatar
gelowo93  Female.gif gelowo93 is offline
Fourth Year
 
Joined: 3219 days
Location: England
Age: 25
Posts: 660
Re: Computer versus Paper: The Eternal Debate

I change constantly. I'll go through phases of preferring to write on my laptop but then I'll suddenly stop being able to and then I'll switch to writing on paper. It's usually just what is more convenient for me at the time though, before I got my laptop if I got some inspiration then I'd find my notebook and write it down because the computer took so long to boot up and someone else was probably on it, but now I have my laptop that loads so much quicker I can just turn it on, open a Word document and type something up in 10 minutes. I do try to write on my laptop though because that way I don't have to copy it from my notebook onto the laptop at sometime in the future.


__________________
Slytherpuff

Images taken from http://dft.ba/-2M6r
Do not anger the kitty!Avengers.

Learning to Live AgainOne shots
Reply With Quote
Reply
Go Back  Chamber of Secrets > The Writing on the Wall > Writer's Corner

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 9:05 am.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Original content is Copyright © MMII - MMVIII, CoSForums.com. All Rights Reserved.
Other content (posts, images, etc) is Copyright © its respective owners.