How do you prefer to create your first draft? Do you love the old-fashion pen and paper or do you type away your thoughts right from the start?
Obviously, this cannot be an ancient battle since PCs are not that old. And if we think about the year 1829 as ancient (which is the year when the typographer was patented), then we can call this an ancient battle.
Nevertheless, let’s see the benefits of each approach.
- it requires more focus than typing. This is simply because while we use pen and paper, we need to be careful to keep the alignment and to see how many words can fit in the same row. We also need to make sure our writing is readable, especially if someone else needs to read it. And if we’re more focused, we can probably be more creative.
- it allows tracing the creative process. When we write something down on paper, it will remain there (of course, you can use a pencil and erase whatever you want to correct, but the traces won’t disappear 100%). When you want to add something, you need to squeeze it in and you can make some notes on the side if you want.
- it gives you graphical freedom. If you want to draw a dragon next to a word, nothing is stopping you. Also, if you want to make a funky capital letter, again, you can do it exactly how you want. With pen and paper, you can create anything you want, Sure, you can do similar things with a computer as well, but you will need to use several software and then you need to combine everything and so on (and it’s not that funny!).
- it is faster. There is no doubt. It allows you to write the same things in half the time (or maybe less), which, in the end, allows us to spend more time creating compared to handwriting.
- it allows auto-stylizing the page. When you type, you don’t have to worry about the words alignment or the page margins. Nor about the spacing between words and rows. Everything is taking cared of by the editor you’re using (e.g. Microsoft Word) and you can modify everything at once for the whole document. Oh, and you don’t have to worry about how readable your writing is. All letters will be the same.
- it allows you to easier share your work. Digitizing your work is the only way to publish it online. Even if you write on paper, you will still have to type it eventually so you can publish it (or you can use some software to do it, but it’s not 100% accurate). If you write it directly on your computer, you can publish it with a few clicks.
In the end, it’s all about preferences. For example, I love to write down the main ideas using pen and paper, but I write the first complete draft directly on my computer.
How do you do it?
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