Longhand or computer?

It is late. I will be “calling it a day” soon .. another day in which I got no writing done. I feel as if I have this dark cloud around me through which I get little glimmers of inspiration … but not enough to motivate me. blah! Some would call it writer’s block, but I call it oppressive tiredness. I hope tomorrow (my new year) is better!

NaNo novel — zilch for yesterday and today.

PiBoIdMo – one idea for yesterday and one for today = 21 ideas so far

Here is a better link than the one I posted a couple of days ago, and what I was wanting. Thanks, Jamie! The link I posted stopped working, anyway. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/  On this one you’ll find a new picture daily.

I have some questions for you writers.

  • When you are working on your story, do you write longhand or do you type?
  • If longhand, do you use pen or pencil?
  • If you type, do you strictly use a computer? did you ever use a typewriter?

I write longhand, usually using a pen. I have yet to type the very lengthy very rough draft of my novel over onto computer. That is going to take a long time to do!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂




9 responses to “Longhand or computer?

  1. I recently made the switch from longhand to my laptop. Longhand was always a pacing advantage for me. I could think faster than I could write, so I always knew the next words and I never got stuck trying to complete a thought. I had enough time to lay track in front of the train so to speak!

    The silliest thing has made writing on my laptop work similarly. My dog is obsessed with fetching his tennis ball. He will chase it and bring it back for hours on end if you keep throwing it for him. For NaNoWriMo, I’ve been sitting on my back patio writing and playing fetch with the dog. The short, regular interruptions give me enough time to come up with the words that I need to type out next.


  2. I write some of the first rough ideas in longhand but then I write the book on the computer. I find it so much easier to revise as I go along. If I’m at the beach or a passenger in a car or on an airplane, I will often write a chapter in longhand and then quickly transfer the ideas in the computer when I get home. I If I had to use a typewriter I would have never written a book.


    • Your method obviously works great for you, Darlene.

      Imagine the old clunky manual typewriters used by writers, and that’s all they had besides writing it all out in longhand. It must have taken so long to write a book that way, but they likely felt it was the greatest invention at the time.
      Before I had a computer I used a little electric typewriter that I really liked. Now I am not sure I could go back to that. 🙂


  3. I’m another longhand in pen writer. One I’ve finished the days work I used to then type it up on the computer which gave me chance to make corrections as I went along. There’s much more chance of me having a pad and pen handy wherever I am than a laptop or tablet.
    I hope things are much better for you when you wake.I haven’t managed to put pen to paper for two years now and since my wife died in March I don’t have the impetus any more but I don’t expect your hiccup to reach that stage.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    • David, it will come back. As you said, you are more likely to have a pen and pad handy when inspiration strikes. I think you should sit down today and write about something just to see it on paper. Your blog posts are great, maybe continue on from there?
      Have a good day, my internet friend.


  4. When writing the first draft of a book, I don’t care how I write. Sometimes I write out of order, parts on paper, others on Microsoft Word, etc. I prefer to write my first draft in pen when writing it out (so I can’t erase). I write my reviews longhand, and then type them in. 🙂


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