A lot of writers have a different approach to their craft. Whether you are writing a blogpost, a book, a financial report or a poem, there are a lot of different things to consider when you sit down and want to get started. One of those things might be what material to use when writing. Using a keyboard to write your text can be extremely efficient, but writing with pen and paper has the charm that comes with it.
I’ve been writing for the largest part of my life, as have a lot of aspiring writers. I started out drawing comics and writing appropriate text in the speech-bubbles. When I started getting older, I got into writing poems, stories, articles and even got into writing scripts for games. During that time, I have tried writing using all kinds of materials, from keyboards and typewriters to pens and ink. For me, it all comes down to the type of text I’m writing. I think most of people will agree with me when I say that it all comes down to personal preference.
Pen and paper
A lot of people say that writing with pen and paper is the most ‘personal’ way to write your text. You feel the smoothness of the paper, the weight of the pen in your hand and overall, the writing really gets into your head. You’ll gladly take your sweet time and you’ll be pulled in to your own little writing-bubble. Because the process is relatively slow, words will start to carry more weight and you’ll spend a lot of time determining whether a word is at the right place or should be moved over just a little. Focusing on one subject is also easier this way, as you spend a lot of time thinking about it and are less likely to move away from it. For a writer, there is nothing more satisfying than finishing up a text and looking back at all the words you’ve crossed out or the crooked handwriting after jotting down an idea as soon as it popped into your head. Even the occassional papercut and ink on the palm of your hand (if you are a ‘lefty’ such as myself) adds to the charm of writing this way.
Writing with a keyboard is just much more efficient. You’ll write stuff at least twice as fast, but if you’re not careful, that might also show. Typos that you’ve made are easily edited out and writing down a quick summary of the text you want to write is extremely easy. Eventhough writing with pen and paper is considered more ‘personal’, writing with a keyboard can easily provide the same level of attachment to a text. It all comes down to personal preference. Some people just want to get the stuff they have on their mind out there quickly before they lose it, and the touch and sound of a keyboard can be just as satisfying as writing with a pen. Writing about multiple subjects suddenly becomes much easier this way and losing a piece of text you quickly jotted down is never a problem anymore.
Personally, I like combining the two. I love the personal touch writing with a pen delivers, but I’m not a fan of my hand cramping up when my inspiration really get going. The keyboard is really efficient, and it just gets my inspiration going easier. Most of the time I start out on the computer. I type out a quick outline and general starting point just to get my ideas down as quicky as possible. Then I sit down with a pen and a piece of paper to write a catchy introduction and come up with some sentences and words that I really want to use. Finally, I’ll combine the two and type out most of my text.
It all comes down to personal preference and the type of text you are writing. I can imagine people who write poems would rather use pen and paper as a lot of consideration goes into each word. Adding commas and periods becomes important as well as when to break up a sentence. People writing a book might be interested in writing with a keyboard most of the time, as it involves writing a lot and inspiration usually comes as you start writing. There is no ‘best way to write’, there is just the ‘best way to write for you personally‘.
So how do you write your texts? Do you use the computer, pen and paper or something completely different? Let me know in the comments down below!