06 February, 2013

An IWSG Post: I Must Be Spending Too Much Time Around Electronics . . .

. . . because I found myself setting down a book, thinking "Where's the power button?".

You know, since everything is based on battery life. Before you go after me for having nothing to do with writing, I'm wondering if something getting lost amid all the different methods people use to write, particularly the electronic ones. I tend to write differently depending on what I'm writing with; my sentences will get shorter and less rambling when I try longhand as opposed to typing, and I know having a voice recognition program take down my words for me would result in very clunky language.

Typing is still my favorite--but there's usually more thought involved in physically writing things out.

What about you? Is typing, speech, or longhand your preferred method? Have you tried all three or just stuck to one?

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About the IWSG (from Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog):
Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.


-----The Golden Eagle

51 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can do either longhand or typing. I'm not very fast at either, so it doesn't matter. Most of my last two books were typed on the computer, but one was for NaNo and the other for BuNo, so I didn't have time to write by hand and then re-enter into the computer.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I almost never write things in longhand and if I do, there are lots of rewrites needed.
I'm a pretty good public speaker but I still prefer typing.

mooderino said...

I start on paper then move to typing, but I do so many rewrites it tends to find it's natural length at some point.

mood
Moody Writing

Mark Means said...

I'm left handed so writing with a pencil/pen has -always- been a chore for me.

I went to high school before home computers were 'a big deal' so I considered typing class a waste of time. I barely passed, but should have paid more attention :) I'm a pretty decent typist, now, but that's just from practicing for years.

Pat Hatt said...

Always type a way, as I am much faster, even with one arm haha plus sometimes I can't even read my own writing haha

shelly said...

I freeze when I do a speech program. My preference is first to write in longhand then type.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Elliot Grace said...

...great post, Eagle ;)

It's funny, I prefer typing, but it seems as though the muse often shows itself while scribbling about with pen and paper.

El

Liz said...

Funny you should ask this today. I just spent an hour at the day job bubbling in scantrons, and my hand throbs. So bad.

I don't like longhand because I get such awful writer's cramp. It's so much easier for me to type, so I do.

Trisha F said...

I prefer typing, though there is something nice about writing things out by hand. But typing for me is just so much faster! I am a fiend on a keyboard :)

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Daisy Carter said...

I like to draft on my laptop, but I HAVE to plan, outline, make notes, etc., longhand.

Connie Keller said...

I type. I've tried longhand because it seems much more romantic (yeah, I know that sounds pathetic), but it just didn't work for me. Longhand moved too slowly--I guess I'm an impatient person.

Andrew Leon said...

I haven't tried speech.
I keep one project going on my computer and one project going in a notebook, so I can work when I'm at home or when I'm off waiting for the kids. I don't think I can see a difference in how I write between the two.

Bonnee Crawford said...

I've only tried typing and longhand. I find typing the best. Longhand is probably better for shorter less-rambly sentences because it's harder to go back and change something once the ink is on the page. At least with typing you can just backspace. :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

I've never tried speech and long hand just annoys me after a while since I know I will have to type it up later. I've been known to write chunks of a scene on scraps and then type it, but I'm primarily a type person. I do wish sometimes I could just magically write with my brain and skip using my fingers. Sometimes a scene is perfect in my mind, but crap on paper. Oh well! :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

I totally prefer typing. I used to love to write longhand, but since I have arthritis in my hands, typing is much easier than writing.

Jamie Gibbs said...

I'm a typer more than anything these days - my handwriting isn't pretty to read so I stuck to the digital form :)

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

Old Kitty said...

Typing!! Only because my penmanship is atrocious!!

Take care
x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. I type preferably ... but I still write out letters and cards by hand - and I make notes by hand ...

I really want to get into using a recorder for notes ...

... and I'd like to try speech recognition - but my typing is quite quick and I'm a good speller .. so until SR is improved I may keep on typing!

With your studies ... you need so much on paper or in the machine .. and reference notes too - lots to think about ...

How many people type properly?

and I'd love to have confidence in public speaking ..

All things in time .. good luck with all your goals - cheers Hilary

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I'm definitely a typer.

David P. King said...

That's how I've felt lately. I'm lucky enough to have 20/20 vision, but between writing, blogging, work, TV time, I'm sure I'm spending 14+ hours at day at a screen. Found some computer glasses meant to protect your eyes from the glare and that helped the headaches go away. :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I type more than anything, but some of my best stuff was written longhand. It's a tough choice sometimes. :)

Carrie Butler said...

I stick to typing, for the most part. Longhand is perfect for outlining, though! :)

Rekha Seshadri said...

My longhand works tend to ramble on. The handwriting has turned illegible after decades of neglect making me second guess similar words. I use this method for short stories though.
I prefer typing even though my speed is on the lower side.
Voice recognition software, at least ones on the mobile seem geared towards American accents.
My voice assistant keeps repeating that she can't understand me or types out crap sentences...haven't tried paid ones like Dragon which I hear is the best out there.

Charles Gramlich said...

I type pretty much everything. I have a hard time reading my own writing when I write longhand, I feel more comfortable doing the typing thing these days.

Carol Kilgore said...

I write my initial draft on the computer. I've tried longhand, but all that comes is indecipherable doodles. Circles, squares, lines. Maybe a flower or two. No words. But I edit by hand on a printed copy.

It's official...writers are weird :)

Happy Weekend!

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The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: I don't think I'd be able to stand re-typing things into the computer for long, either. I tried it once . . . and the draft was never completely transferred.

Susan: I don't like public speaking; I usually mangle words here and there.

Mooderino: Interesting! I guess it does make you study your manuscript if you move it from paper to computer.

Mark: I write with my left sometimes, so I know what you mean! Left-to-right handwriting doesn't lend itself to left handers.

Pat: That happens to me, too. I'll scribble something down and not have a clue what it says later. :P

Shelly: I just don't like listening to myself try to dictate . . .

Elliot: Thank you!

Sometimes it's the same with me, too. I feel very inspired when faced with pen an paper on occasion.

Liz: Oh, good point. Typing is a lot easier physically.

Trisha: I love typing fast. It's fun. :)

Daisy: I usually do most of my outlining by hand, too. I wonder why it seems easier . . .

Connie: It does take a long time to get words out when you're writing longhand. I can almost type as fast as I compose sentences, but writing things out takes forever by comparison.

Andrew: Good for you. And I like your strategy of having different projects to work on depending on the circumstances.

Bonnee: Backspace is extremely helpful, that's for sure . . .

Krista: Maybe sometime in the future? Researchers are developing technologies that can register what people are thinking.

Michael: I can see why it would be, especially if you have arthritis.

Jamie: LOL. I'm usually less nervous about showing people my writing when it's typed, too.

Old Kitty: Ditto. :P

Hilary: I write out letters, too.

True, I do put some of my schoolwork into writing. Though I've been using more online resources these days so I end up typing a lot as well.

Thank you!

Michael: Seems a lot of writers are.

David: Man, I wish I had 20/20 vision. My left eye is 20/40, but things are blurry in my right without contacts/glasses.

Glad you found the right glasses! :)

Bethany: I feel the same way--like some really good content was produced longhand.

Carrie: I like writing out my outlining, too.

Rekha: I hadn't considered that, as I live in the USA. It surprises me they haven't created some kind of program that adjusts for different accents!

Charles: I'll write some things out in longhand, but yeah, I tend to like typing better.

Carol: LOL. Yes, we are, aren't we?

Sally: Welcome back to the blogosphere! It's great to see you. :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Totally typing. I find it more freeing. And easier to edit. :)

Christine Rains said...

I'm a super fast typist. I prefer it to writing things out longhand. My cursive writing has gotten worse over the years too. Sometimes I can't even read it!

Jemi Fraser said...

When my laptop went to Repair Land last year, I wrote longhand for several weeks and it wasn't as scary as I thought! It uses different parts of the brain and I might actually try it to get me out of my plotting mess right now :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've got write and thumb issues that are impacted by writing by hate. Painful, so I do it as little as I can get away with. Book signings will be interesting. lol

Nick Wilford said...

Interesting to think about the different results gained from the different methods. I don't do anything more than broad notes in longhand, and I couldn't imagine writing a whole book like that because it would be incomprehensible and I'd get cramp... but there is something freeing about it, more so than typing, I think!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I got the Dragon Naturally Speaking software a year ago, and after some adjustments, I decided I loved it. Otherwise, I still write everything by hand.

Golden Eagle, you'd volunteered to be an A to Z Minion, and I could really use the help. (I think I was late to the post and everyone else had selected theirs.) Would you be one of my minions?

The Golden Eagle said...

Stina: Definitely easier to edit! :)

Christine: I have trouble with my handwriting, too. It's very loopy (in the physical sense) so it sometimes runs into itself.

Jemi: Funny how different writing styles can help the process!

Donna: I'm sorry to hear writing hurts. :(

Nick: I wrote part of a book in longhand--about 100 college ruled pages--but never got around to finishing it . . .

Diane: I've never tried Dragon. Since I participated in NaNoWriMo I have a coupon, but doubt I'll really be using it.

Absolutely! I think I was kind of late, too; a lot of people seemed to already have found out who they were working with.

M. J. Joachim said...

My handwriting has suffered terribly, since the age of electronics. I used to be so proud of it - received compliments all the time. Now it often looks like chicken scratch, and it drives me absolutely crazy when I think about it!

Carol Riggs said...

Haaa, you looking for the power button on a hard copy book. :) I used to write longhand...and it may be better (closer to one's psyche or whatever), but I type faster so I just type my rough drafts straight into a Word document. Works for me!

Shelley said...

I mostly write longhand in class and type at home because it's easier, but I like both ways. I;ve never tried speech, but it sounds interesting. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have practically stopped long-hand writing, everything is getting typed straight on the computer. Sometimes I write a synopsis or a blurb on paper and then type in the computer.

mauricem1972 said...

I rarely write long-hand, but when I do, I have to use a micro-fine ball point with black ink. I don't know why, but it works.

The Golden Eagle said...

M. J.: I'm sure my handwriting would go in that direction if I stopped writing longhand. It can be very messy as it is. :P

Carol: That's me. LOL.

Same here!

Shelley: There's a Speech Recognition program on Windows computers and probably something equivalent on Macs . . . could try one of those. :)

Rachna: I wrote a synopsis on paper once. It came out better (as a draft) than most of the others I've attempted.

Mauricem1972: I love ballpoint pens! I write with them in my journal every day.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I type and I write in notebooks. If I'm going to speed - like in a NaNo challenge - I type. However, I like writing things out in notebooks because sometimes I brainstorm and think things through in a different way.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love writing long hand but with my devices, I really prefer a keyboard over talking. I've recently downloaded the app VOXER so I can chat more easily.

Milo James Fowler said...

I've found myself pointing to a word in a print book and expecting a definition to pop up -- how crazy is that? I used to longhand everything and then type it up, but I find that I only do that with shorter works now.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I don't do the talking one, but I switch back and forth between longhand and typing. More of my short stories are longhand, whereas my novels are typed.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

DWei said...

Typing. Just makes editing so much easier.

Susan Roebuck said...

Hi GE! I'd never write longhand, no, no, no. And I can't imagine, with the amount of editing I do, how I'd ever type on a machine. They do say our memories are getting lazy because we rely so much on technology - we don't remember telephone numbers because we speed dial, we check stuff on Google instead of researching in libraries...

J. A. Bennett said...

Haha I've tried to turn a page by tapping it, yeah that worked out... Anyway I still like to type. Not only can I not read half of what I write, I also end up throwing away what I've written and writing a whole new story with the same characters, better to stick to my computer :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Tyrean: Me, too. You can play around with story elements in different ways, depending on how you write.


Clarissa: Never heard of VOXER before, but it sounds cool.

Milo: LOL. I could see myself doing that to a book!

Shannon: Interesting. I guess shorter stories are just easier to transfer and edit later.

DWei: Indeed.

Susan: I wouldn't necessarily say that. There's a lot more information available that we have to process, too, and that takes brainpower.

J. A.: LOL.

I rewrote a project while typing it into the computer once--before I shifted almost entirely to typing.

Deniz Bevan said...

How interesting! I can't draft in anything but longhand; that's how the ideas flow and my writing keeps up with my thoughts. If I try to do it on the computer, I get stalled going back to fix typos and things. And typing up the longhand drafts makes for a good round of editing!
I haven't tried voice recognition yet, but it'd be could for when my thoughts are racing!
Say, you know the Iowa eagles' webcam? Is it coming back this year?

Rachel Morgan said...

My preferred method is typing. In fact, if I sit down in front of a blank piece of paper to continue my story, I find it a lot harder to get any words out than on a blank computer page!

The Golden Eagle said...

Deniz: I think it's great that you can draft in longhand; I'd probably give up after 20 pages or so. :P

I'm not sure--but there are some interesting cams here:
http://www.ustream.tv/eaglecresthawks

. . . and I'm pretty certain there are others on Ustream, too.

Rachel: Yet another example of a different approach to writing!