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1/22/2013 13:52:59   
How We Roll Winner

Hey guys,

You must've noticed often that when you are sitting at your laptop, ready to type in a story, a poem or any kind of creative written work, the ideas stop flowing. And this can get quite irritating as you'd sit at your PC/laptop for minutes with that blank word document on the screen and that little bar blinking without end until you just slam the laptop shut and go cool off.

However, when you sit at your table/board with that page/sheet/notebook in front of you and a pen in your hand, ideas seem to flow like a river. It is as if your hand and pen are what's limiting the immensely strong flow of ideas from just spilling all over the sheet.

Personally, I am a writer. I seldom type out stories on the laptop and if I do, I hardly get anywhere. However, if I get down to writing, I'll atleast write 75 pages by hand before getting bored and abandoning the project.

So what's your weapon?
The Pen or the Keyboard?
DF MQ AQW  Post #: 1
1/22/2013 14:31:13   
  Dwelling Dragonlord

ArchKnight AQ / OOC / L&L

I type out all of the stories you see on these forums.

Maybe that's because it's easier to correct something on the screen than it is to do on paper.
AQ DF AQW  Post #: 2
1/22/2013 14:48:24   
How We Roll Winner

I think using a pen gives me a strange kind of a freedom that typing doesn't. I guess it's all a matter of focus and thinking.

The only trouble is to copy written walls of text into the PC etc.
DF MQ AQW  Post #: 3
1/22/2013 14:53:39   
Chaosweaver Amon

Well...I personally prefer neither. When not writing on any online location, I use a 1920's typewriter, ther is something about it that...draws my ideas out. True, it can be a tad cumbersome to use, and dfficult to correct, but i really enjoy writing on it. Other than that, probably writing over the keyboard. To me when you write with a pen or pencil it feels like you have more control over your writing somehow...
AQ DF AQW  Post #: 4
1/22/2013 16:52:40   
Shadow Ravena
Paladin of Shadows

I'm a keyboarder myself. Partially because my handwriting is horrendously unreadable and partially because I make mistakes quite often, and deleting it is easier and cleaner than crossing it out. If anything being on a computer distracts me, but if I can focus I normally take two hours a sitting writing.

Though, to be honest, to come up with new ideas I usually can't write it at all. I pace around the house thinking (for hours), THEN go type it up, or scribble it down.
AQ DF AQW Epic  Post #: 5
1/22/2013 23:22:11   

The latter. Considering most of my works will be uploaded into the internet anyway, I just find writing my drafts in pen to be very obsolete, especially when you have access to a computer practically anywhere these days. I do use a pen on my writings when working on simple story outlines just to give me some ideas, however it just doesn't feel the same compared to typing. I also fall asleep oftentimes when writing hardcopies.

DF MQ  Post #: 6
1/22/2013 23:25:54   

Keyboarding is faster and hides my terrible handwriting.
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 7
1/22/2013 23:55:37   
How We Roll Winner


I also fall asleep oftentimes when writing hardcopies.

Lol, this happens to me when I am copying my handwritten works onto the Computer.Mind you, it's an extremely boring and tedious task and requires utmost awareness from you lest you type in what you're dreaming.^^
DF MQ AQW  Post #: 8
1/23/2013 0:10:36   

Actually, that sounds like a great idea! Multitask, sleep while you type a surreal masterpiece.
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 9
1/23/2013 0:35:33   
Eukara Vox
Legendary AdventureGuide!

Ah, gone are the days when the feel of a pen in your hand was blissful.

Considering I grew up during a time when computers weren't a reality in homes and my Middle school was one of the first in the region to get a full classroom of computers because of an educational grant... the pen is more natural to me.

I mean, considering I am here, haunting your online lives and for some of you, delivering justice (lol), I apparently love to use my computer. But, I would much rather have paper and pen in front of me to write. I am more calm, more focused with a pen in my hand. I actually think better, more thoroughly, when I use the more labourious method. I feel more satisfied after sitting for a couple of hours and writing on paper.

I use the transference to the computer as part of my editing process.

There are times when I write on the computer. And, yes, although it may seem to be a faster method, I end up editing double the amount than if I hand write. Go figure...
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 10
1/23/2013 0:38:07   

Ah yes, the efficiency of keyboard versus the elegance of handwriting.
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 11
3/5/2013 20:06:36   
Gianna Glow

hmmm, I personally prefer the pen as my weapon of choice. When I am in a hurry with ideas flying, only typing keeps up... but my serious writing only happens with good old fashioned paper and a pen. I end up transferring a lot onto the computer. Editing I like doing on the computer though.
DF MQ AQW  Post #: 12
3/5/2013 21:26:19   
Wolf Rider

Well, I never use a pen when writing something down on paper, only pencils. :P Joking aside, I don't find myself helped or inhibited in writing with a pen or on my laptop. If the words come, they come. More often than not they don't. But my go-to is my computer. It's neater, faster, and the ink doesn't fade. But the medium in which I write neither helps nor hinders. *shrugs* Maybe that's just me, though.
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 13
7/20/2013 10:04:34   

Custodian (DF)

Pen or pencil do the job best in my case. Likely for reasons similar to Arthur. I need freedom when I am writing and a keyboard is simply a tad too mechanical for that. Even a typewriter might not do it for me although quaint things tend to stir the writer in my bosom's core.

In the days of yore when I had more free time actually, I would grab a pencil or pen, a little notebook, head for the park and sits down under a tree. Inspiration comes best to me in such situations. Wanderings works just as well.
AQ  Post #: 14
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