» When do you prefer to use paper?


Sitting and tapping out ideas for this post via my iPhone, I am not afraid to admit that I regularly utilize various electronic devices to write – though not really by choice. More often than not, I use them out of convenience because my time management skills stink.

I have always preferred to work with a pen and paper because it’s so much more of an organic process than the manipulation of a cursor on a backlit screen. I think if paper were no longer accessible, I’d really struggle to perform all of my writing tasks on a laptop or tablet. Seeing my own handwriting on a piece of paper is a significant reminder of my own existence. Pages printed from my computer? Black ink, boring font, the words might be prize-winning but they could belong to anyone. Nothing personal, no identity. Bleh.

I absolutely prefer paper for journal writing and brainstorming and of course, for drawing and doodling.

What kinds of writing do you feel are better on paper, and why?

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By Jeff The Bear on December 3rd, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Paper is for anything I want to keep, at least for a while. Sketching and drawing of course. First and second drafts of creative writing, whether fiction or not. The writing may be with a manual typewriter, fountain pen or a GOOD pencil. They all have a way of keeping matters personal, not mechanical and undistinguished. There is the physical enjoyment of creating on paper. And unless the house burns down, the results are there for as long as needed. They won’t vanish because of electronic gremlins or a system that works fine becomes outdated and unsupported.

By Michael Francis (@MikeFrancis00) on December 3rd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Like you, I prefer pen and paper for journaling. I prefer it for short lists, like shopping lists, to do’s, brainstorming, logging, and note taking. I keep both a digital and paper calendar. The digital is great for alarms and reminders, but the paper allows me to tack on anything I want to a specific event or date. I don’t crunch numbers on paper. I’ll use a spreadsheet for that. I prefer to do creative writing or essays with a keyboard rather than pen and ink. For some reason, the thoughts just flow more easily from my imagination onto the screen.

I use paper for doodling…which accompanies thinking and is often the precursor to a draft of something…

Paper and pen too for a journal (in spite of Doogie Howser)…for quick notes on the go…for musing…

And why? Paper feels so much more spacious to me, roomy, comfortable, like broken in jeans rather than starched pants…and that’s the kind of feeling I find most productive for that kind of writing… though goodness knows I love my electronic technology too.

Paper for journaling and sketching/drawing. Electronic for long-form writing like the just-finished National Novel Writing Month (in which, alas, I once again fell short of the mark).

Also, paper has no odious DRM in it to make my efforts go poofie.



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