Best way to write… is there any?




I recently listened to an interview with my two favorite teacher-writers, Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron; they were asked about writing methods and whether longhand was a requisite for a full writing experience, or if writing on a keypad was acceptable. As I expected, they were both partial to handwriting, but they acknowledged that writing on a laptop worked for many people. They believe that it is usually more difficult to achieve the same level of spiritual connection with your writing if you are not using a pen and paper; somehow by typing on a keypad the whole activity becomes more cerebral, and less intuitive. I agree wholeheartedly with that. I LOVE writing by hand; it feels intimate; it allows me to truly switch off and float. It is not the same thing when I write on my laptop. I keep re-editing what I write; there is no flow. Not for me, anyway. However, if you want to write a lot, and you want to be able to edit, and produce something you can work from, nothing beats the laptop. I hugely admire those writers that are able to write whole books by hand, with very little editing. When I think of Dickens, Victor Hugo, writing masterpieces on paper, and then think of modern writers complaining about writer’s block… maybe it is because now we can start a story many times over and then edit it a thousand times without having to re-write the entire thing…maybe we have too many options when using a laptop; too many directions our stories can take…

I thought that it would be interesting to do a poll about this…



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. G. R. McNeese
    Mar 14, 2015 @ 14:23:15

    Reblogged this on Project Blacklight and commented:
    The great debate. What’s your preference?


  2. Michele L. Mathews
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 17:18:28

    If I am subbing and have down time, I write longhand, or if I am someplace where I can’t take my laptop as easily, then it’s longhand. Otherwise, I can type faster than I write.


  3. Sonia Lal
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 18:23:59

    I don’t think there is a best way~


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