Hello, hello! How is everyone’s March going? Are we all ready for spring? Personally, I’m definitely ready to sit outside and write or read. The only problem with writing outside is that I use my computer (and its battery sucks), so I only get about two hours if I’m lucky before it has to be plugged back in. Which brings me to today’s topic: screen vs. paper. It’s a subjective topic. Some people work better when typing and others feel more productive with a pen in their hand. I’m kind of stuck in the middle on this one.
I tend to be a screen person. Why? Simply because it’s easier for me. Whether I’m using my backscratcher to hit the keys or the on-screen keyboard, I can type much faster than I can write. It’s not that I feel more productive (though technically I am) or creative when I’m on the computer, it’s just a matter of time management and the independence it gives me to work on whatever I want without having to worry about asking someone (namely Dad) for more paper or a different binder or whatever when I want to change projects. For me, the computer makes life easier, so it’s what I use.
What most people don’t know is that I actually enjoy using a pen and paper. I’ve always loved notebooks and journals and the like. I used to have tons of them, but they mostly stayed empty. It takes me twice as long as the slowest writer you know to even sign my name. The paper has to be placed a certain way. Sometimes, I have to write upside down. I can’t move my arms much, so even something as simple as writing by hand becomes a big production. But still, I like the feel of a pen in hand and my hand coming away covered in ink or graphite from rubbing across the page (left-handed people will understand). Plus, I like being able to doodle in the margins when I’m stuck on something.
So, like I said, I’m stuck in the middle. I love the idea of writing by hand, but it’s not a feasible every day thing for me, so I usually go with typing. I can definitely see where some people might have trouble focusing on a computer (that Internet button is so damn alluring). I can also understand why some people find paper to be impractical (there’s just no easy way to erase a sentence and add a paragraph in its place without making a seeming mess of the paper). I guess I’m lucky that I can enjoy working both ways, even if I mainly stick to the screen.
I guess it’s all about finding what works for you. Are you a screen or paper person? This question isn’t limited to writers. Even artists have the option of working on the computer or in more traditional mediums. So, what do you prefer? Or maybe you like using both in your process. As always, feel free to share your thoughts here or on my social media sites!
Until next time!