Tech: With a computer or any digital device you can type on, your thoughts can be placed straight into a word file, with spell check and formatting right at your finger tips, making it easy to upload to any website or platform, plus saved at the touch of a button. Yet battery life can be a factor if you've been writing for hours and aren't able to charge your device. Also when writers block hits, staring at a glowing screen does very little for inspiration.
Pen & Paper: So any thought or idea can be jotted down easily and anywhere, even somewhere without access to a power socket. Also there's a real connection many writers feel when putting pen to paper and just letting their thoughts flow. Also with written notes, shuffling ideas around can just seem easier than flicking through computer files. However the curse of coming across notes you made months before, which you now can't read because your scribbled them too scruffily, or you just can't find them at all due to losing and misplacing them too, can be infuriating.
Personally I use both methods, as they each have merits which appeal to me and suit my random writing style. I started off on paper, with vast scruffy writing, written at speed. The skeletal structure is composed first, then narrative and detail added. Once the full story has a rough outline I then have the long arduous task of typing up the story and getting it saved. Once saved, the computer tools come into play; paragraphing, double spacing, spell check ect, and of course in this format easy to edit and upload.
So is the Pen mightier than the Laptop, or does the digital tech crush the ink and quill any day - I'll let you decide for yourselves!
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