Computer v Pen and Paper

When I first started writing seriously I wrote longhand, with my special Mont Blanc rollerball, on pads of unlined A4 paper. I transferred the completed pages onto computer, using this process as my first edit. I found it difficult to write directly onto the computer; it was as if the keyboard created a barrier to my imagination. But after I’d finished this copying out in best I would be deep into the story and I’d often carry on typing without a problem.  Gradually I dispensed with the paper and pen.

Computers have their good points: I can still remember the rapture I felt when I discovered the synonym facility (I’m easily pleased). At my age I’m often at a loss for the precise, apposite word and stopping to look it up in the Thesaurus breaks my concentration. Imagine having this resource quite literally at my finger tips!

However, it isn’t foolproof and sometimes it doesn’t deliver quite what I want. In these instances, I use the first word that presents itself, highlight it in a different colour and move on. The colour serves as a reminder, I don’t lose my flow, and the word will come, eventually.

P.S. I carry a notebook with me at all times, so the expensive biro is still pressed into service.

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4 thoughts on “Computer v Pen and Paper

  1. This is exactly the way I still do it. I write in my notebook, at some dark obscure cafe, and then when I get home I type it up, but it always changes and it always keeps leaping forward on its own.
    So glad to know someone who does this. 🙂

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