(Heard that Andy Rooney died. God speed, you enjoyable old grump...)
When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer?
This is a writing prompt from Blogher, and I thought it was interesting. I write in pen most of the time. I actually have been teased at the substation by one of my bosses, as she thinks it is a slow and clunky way of writing. So be it, that is the way I grew up with, and am comfortable with. I actually type very quickly, I have even had occasions where the computer and I catch typos at the same time. Problem is, the computer with auto correct, and me with eyeball correct, tend to then both try and do correcting!
This usually doesn't end well...
I write letters to my Grandma in pen about half the time, and on the computer about half the time. I find it more a matter of time, if I want to write her quickly, I generally write with the computer. If I want to write, and I know I will be running around a lot, I write with pen and clipboard. I find it funny, she comments about how I use the computer to type letters, and sort of chides me about it, why don't I write instead of using "that machine".
Her letters? Type written on a typewriter... Meh.
I like typing, now that I can do it. While I still fumble at the keyboard occasionally, (I don't know how many times a contraction gets " instead of ' in it...), I find it makes a nice, clean result for reading. But when I am writing my novel, or planning, I really am not as concerned with legibility. I do want to be able to read it, obviously, but I do have no aspirations to be a doctor, so my handwriting is pretty read-able, unless I am tired, or I manage to get bumped while writing. (Writing while in the car takes it to a whole new level of legibility, I might add...) When I was learning to type, though, oh, my, word! I could take an innocent page and utterly annihilate the thing I was trying to type. Just the simple stuff, "The big red fox jumped over the lazy dog" type things, would somehow often end up with a number (or more than one!) in it... But I finally found out with practice and ignoring a few "rules" the typing teacher taught me, (I have found that if I hold my hands up while typing like a pianist does, I type lousy. If I type with my hands actually resting on the keyboard, I type faster, with fewer mistakes. Go figure...)
So. In the pen vs. computer debate, I say pens win by a roller ball. I like working with the computer, I am good at it, but for me, I like the tactile paper and pen writing style. I don't have a smart phone/computer, so portability of my laptop is less than the clipboard. And I tend to be a bit snarky, I can use a pen with the power out. And pens are waaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than computers when replacements are needed!