Thursday, November 6, 2008

Savvy Context: Odds and Ends of Writing Media

Alright, some last words on why you write on computers or on paper.
On the whole, I prefer writing on paper. I have to put something down everyday. I keep a journal so that even if I'm not working on something, I have an outlet. For me it's not just the paper that's addictive because I also have a slight addiction to fancy, colorful pens.—Kandi H.
[After considering that others might not understand her process]…that is writing, I guess. The experience is different for everyone..-- Aimee L.
…I type things that enter my mind with great speed, leaving no time to process what I'm writing as I write it and to, thus, create more to continue on….I write briefly and stop for several minutes, watching the blinking text cursor rhythmically taunt and jeer me as I try to think of what comes next. When I write by hand, the process is slower and capable of marinating in its own juices. I recommend both paths--handwriting and typing, especially since the latter has spell-check--for the reasons previously stated.—Lynz M.
I think computers have made it easy for a lot of bad writing to get out there - bigoted blogs, formulaic novels, inaccurate reporting - all rife with punctuation and grammatical errors…Overall I think computers have helped writing - but please don't get me started on e-books.—Tanya P.
As much of a techie as I am (I almost never write on paper), I still can't imagine writers giving up on paper in the foreseeable future. And as content creators, writers are just as valuable in the transition to all electronic formats as the readers are important as content consumers. So we're all in agreement: you can't cut paper out of the writing game just yet. Will we ever be able to?

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