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On what do you writeViews: 632
Oct 03, 2008 11:12 amOn what do you write#

Francis Dias
Now that I've been encouraged me to write by many of you denizens of the 'word world', write I will.

I took out some time yesterday to spin a synopsis: on what my mind will rove around. This, after I put my idea on a piece of paper and kept focussing on it - fleshing and garnishing the idea into a structured body of sense.

I seemed to have a problem. While I am comfortable with my laptop, I felt that if I had to stare into the idea and keep it at the core of my thoughts that I won't stray nor dwell in redundant material/garbage, I needed paper and then sheets of paper. I was really aghast at my evolving comfort with paper! It took me by surprise, because I am considered allergic to paper!

Anyone out here, who can advise if this is sensible or it takes some time to adjust to many windows on the laptop? Pls. let me know. Thanks.

Francis Dias

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Oct 12, 2008 8:25 pmre: On what do you write#

Diane Stephenson
Francis: I used to need reams of paper to write everything on before I could type it into the computer, but I have since become very comfortable starting with a computer screen in front of me and just typing away. Nevertheless, I do find it much easier to have a hard copy when I am working on a final edit or revision. I find it a little hard on the eyes to read through a full-length novel on the computer. On shorter pieces, though, I can work quite well on the computer only. I do like the paper, though, as I can make notes, scratch things out, etc. and it is somehow more accurate than doing it on the computer. It's so much easier to flip from page to page with paper. I suppose it is simply a case of what each individual is most comfortable with.
Happy writing, and good success to you.

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Oct 14, 2008 5:11 pmre: On what do you write#

Pat Bertram
I write with pencil and paper, and when I am ready to edit all or part, I type it into the computer. This way I get the benefit of seeing the work two different ways.

There is a direct mind/finger/pen/paper connection, which uses one part of the brain. When I type the work, I see it with a different part of the brain.

Also, when I type directly into the computer to compose, I tend to stare at the screen, which dries the eyes and causes eyestrain.

So find the way that works best for you, and good luck!

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