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nelehjr posted this thread...
Jun. 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I feel so alone! Like I'm the only teenage writer who keeps their stories of randomness in a shockingly diary like notebook! The only reason the ones I have posted are here is because I felt they were worth the time to type up. Do you remember how in Elementry school they'd make you write a rough draft and then they'd force you to write one in your best hand writing? And as technolagy addvanced you had to write the rough draft then type up your final draft? Now, by my observations at least, most people "compose at the computer" as one of my old teachers used to say. So I was wondering what medium do you use for writing? Watching shows like Pawn Stars I learned that some writers will buy antique type writers just so they can feel cool. Odd isnt it? There's no backspace! You make a mistake and you have to retype the whole page!...This coming from the girl who crafts her own turkey feather pens and scribbles away all night by dim lamp light. I geuss you could say this is a poll: What do you use and why?

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KK2013 replied...
Jun. 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

While I do, indeed, REALLY want a typewriter, I use a computer because editing is my specialty, and it's sooo much easier. Plus, I feel awful wasting paper. (even though electricity isn't that much better :P )

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TNT25 replied...
Jun. 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Well since i tend to come up with most of my ideas at night, I have a notebook and pen on my nightstand that i write in constantly. If i can help it though, i try to type it because a) i'm a horrible speller b) my handwriting sucks and no one else can read it. 

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KenyaLove41This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jun. 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

i used to mostly use only pen and paper until I got a laptop. But  I still have these stacks of notebooks filled with all of my ideas and novels that written. I still handwrite but i feel computer can make it easier if I want to post something.(;

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Taylor_Cavedon replied...
Jun. 29, 2012 at 1:56 am

I use both. For a while, I had been going up to the coffee shop to write, taking with me my notebook and pile of pencils. But then as I just wrote more, I began to write it down on the computer. I like pencil and paper, but becuase of what I want to do, I think the computer generally works best for me. 

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HavenEyes replied...
Jul. 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I used to only use my laptop, but I feel an empty screen on the computer is far more menacing than a blank piece of paper, so I use pen and paper... And the fact that I can't as easily hop onto Facebook and prcrastinate while I'm writing. :P

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writer-in-pearls replied...
Jul. 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I normally type things on my laptop, but occasionally if I'm feeling stuck I'll write in a notebook in pen (avoiding getting caught up fixing things). This was especially useful in writing college essays.   

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Haley G. replied...
Jul. 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

i write on both the laptop and pen and paper, whitch ever feels more friendly, if that makes any sence at all. i am writing my novel on  paper, for example, but i freewrite on the computer

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Tiwaz replied...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

I write poems and map things out/plan by hand, but I do everything else on the computer because I have really childish handwriting and I can't take myself seriously when I'm reading it. Plus, on the computer I have easy access to dictionaries, thesauruses, rhyming dictionaries, etc.

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LongLazyDays55 replied...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

I find it easier to write on a computer. When you first sit down, the empty screen does scares me! :O But now that I can type faster, it feels a lot more easier.

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GoddesFire replied...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I use a little bit of both, actually. Whenever I'm bored and sitting in my room, I have multiple binders with multiple stories in them. I entertain myself by writing some more.

However, for safety reasons (Dude! Last year a fire had my entire subdivision evacuating!) I do keep some of my faves on a flashdrive so I can grab it quickly.

Honestly, though, I prefer pen and paper. :)

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Mat_McCullough replied...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I perfer computers. It's just easier for me cuz i can type any where i want with a nice laptop. Then I can save it and take it anywhere on a flashdrive. And editing is much easier. It's the dawn of a new age! lol

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PurpleFeather replied...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

The pen is mightier than the sword! (Edward Bulwer-Lytton said that.) I, too, am a pen-and-paper girl, and I also keep an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type journal of randomness. I only write the first draft by hand, and if I have to make any long revisions (i.e. writing more than a short paragraph), I'll write that by hand too. But I'll type up the rest. I think handwriting allows me to write better because the motion of moving my hand gets my brain flowing. You are not alone!

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Shiba-Inu replied...
Jul. 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Although I type up almost everything at the computer, mainly because of bad handwriting, spellcheck, and the fact that I like to move passages around the story, I have about eight notebooks in my purse, gym bag, truck, in the barn, by my bed, and everywhere else because the good ideas always strike me when I am not at the computer. I love writing with ballpoint pens! I really enjoy "the tactile sensation of handwriting." (Anise, Stargate SG-1 "Upgrades")

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MidnightFireThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

For me it depends, some times I can only write it on paper, sometimes I can only type it up on my phone in a draft or note or someting, but mostly I write my best when typing on a computer.

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nelehjr replied...
Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

You type on your phone too?! Dude! You should see my notes in my phone! They're a mess!

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Ella_Rose replied...
Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I write by hand, only because I am a horribly slow typer. I keep  this novel i'm writing in a huge binder. (600+ pages)

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MidnightFireThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

IKR! and then I got an upgrade on my phone and couldn't transfer them so I had to type it all onto my computer!

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dontspeak.sing replied...
Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

I typically use pen and paper because I do most of my writing at school since I always have extra time in class. It's also very hard to carry around a computer when you don't have a laptop. :p I do occasionally type up my stories and put them on a flashdrive in case I lose my notebook.

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