Typing Vs. Hand-Writing

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Apparently some writer can just plunk themselves in front of a computer and start writing their masterpiece. I’ve always envied that. It would be so much faster – the thought comes into your head and you’ve typed it up onscreen.

Except when you’re like me, and you plunk yourself in front of a computer screen and every ounce of creativity drains away. Something in the cold technological beast seems to suck the soul out of my writing. Maybe because I learned to write using with pen and ink (I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, even asking my mom to spell out words letter-by-letter so I could write my first story before I could spell). Anyway, somehow when I’m faced with a pen and a sheet of lined paper, the words start to flow. And when I’m faced with a glowing computer screen, they don’t.

My theory is that typing and handwriting use different parts of the brain, and in me only one of them is linked to creativity.

Of course, there’s a few upsides to this. When I type something up it’s like an automatic second draft, and I can proofread while typing. Hopefully I’m less likely to spew and post online without thinking. Also, on paper you can scribble in the margins, cross stuff out, and see exactly what sentences you rejected.

Now, the difference I’ve noticed between printing and writing in cursive is a post for another time.

How to you write? More importantly, how do make your blog posts?

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10 responses to “Typing Vs. Hand-Writing

  1. Lone Diamond

    See i am the opposite, it took me a while to get my english essay started on paper, i have no trouble typing though! the other bonus to typing is multi-tabs, its so much easier than having Physical sources in front of you!

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    • For school work I tend to type first because creativity does matter so much (eg: “During the Scientific Revolution, many so-called ‘natural philosophers’ were exploring different theories…” Boring, boring, boring, no matter how you put it). And the tabs help a lot for sources. Unless I get really stuck, and then I have to resort to paper to get my writing flowing again. Don’t know, that’s just how I work.

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  2. alot of my posts are drafts that take forever to publish but this year with the postaday challenge they are moving out of draft and into the publishing arena

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    • Yes, it can be a little nerve-wracking to put things up online, but I hope the postaday challenge helps you post more often! (Personally, I am doing postaweek, though right now I’ve managed to post a little more often).

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  3. I seem to be one of those people who like to sit down in front of a computer and type up a story without a moment’s hesitation. Though writing by hand helps me to further develop in-depth plot points.The only issue, and a most aggravating one at that, is when I find myself pen-to-pen with Writer’s Block. Which can only be relieved when I force myself onwards with a burst of inspiration and creativity.

    As for blogging – I tend to first draft a post, writing its title in, and disregarding it until another time. In this way, I’ve accumulated many drafts which I simply go back to when I’m having fewer ideas for rather more immediate and fairly instantaneous [in publishing] posts.

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  4. I posted on this as well. I find don’t find creativity a problem when choosing hand writing or typing, I choose for the feel of typing of the pen on paper, like a textual thing. Otherwise, I prefer computer. When I start the words come quickly and you can get them out faster. And I love when the page is blank but for the cusor blinking like saying “write your brilliant novel here”. It says that until I start then it’s begging me to stop…

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