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(Guardian)   Creative writing is done better with pen and paper than on a computer. You submitted this headline on 80-pound Rives BFK with a Montblanc Meisterstuck using Pelikan 4001 in Saffron   ( divider line
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2013-04-29 07:41:31 PM  
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Writing with a pen and paper is fine. The problem comes when you have to read what you wrote.
2013-04-29 07:34:24 PM  
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There are certain brainstorming and structure techniques that are best done with pen and paper.  But the actual writing itself should be done with whatever you are most comfortable with.
2013-04-30 12:52:50 AM  
1 vote:
I'm a writer.  I am more effective with a keyboard than writing longhand, simply because I get cramps and arthritis when I try to write several thousand words with a pen, and because I cannot write or print as fast as I can type.

I do keep a pen and paper around for notes, ideas, and synopsis, but I don't see ever writing an entire novel using only longhand.

/At the very least, it's a pain in the ass to convert longhand to typesetting for editing and publication.
2013-04-29 11:45:53 PM  
1 vote:
I'm taking a college writing composition class right now. Pen and paper is best for my rough draft, though it looks a series of crossed out and re-drawn chicken scratches.
2013-04-29 11:23:23 PM  
1 vote:
And the best way to listen to music is a gramophone! The best television is black and white! Belts are best with onions!
2013-04-29 09:04:01 PM  
1 vote:
this is why my headlines are never approved. I always write them down and mail them to Fark, Inc. head office.
2013-04-29 08:13:39 PM  
1 vote:
All I ever use. Full Size
2013-04-29 07:43:18 PM  
1 vote:
If I had a nickel for everyone idiot who called themselves a "writer", I'd be rich.
2013-04-29 06:48:01 PM  
1 vote:
Robert J. Sawyer has an interesting writeup on why he still uses WordStar to write his novels, and how it's closer to "writing longhand" than most other word processors:
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