How I write

This post is part of the 31 Days of Writing for July. Click here for my previous posts or click here if you would like to join in.

Day 15: What is your favourite writing tool? Do you only use the computer, or do you still love pen and paper?

I can’t recall a time I ever enjoyed writing with pen and paper. I do love stationery and enjoyed seeing the vast selection of things I could order when I worked in a warehouse but I never much liked using them. If I were to enjoy writing, it would be on a nice ring bound notebook with a gel pen. As a left hander, there are 2 flaws to this plan:

  1. Ring bound notebooks are such a pain, it causes issues trying to get close to the margin because the rings are sticking out, so you end up with a ring imprint on the side of your hand.
  2. Gel pens are a bit wet, so if I’m not careful I can end up with smudged paper and a black hand.

Not only that but I remember back at school doing my HSC (year 12 exams) and there was so much writing. I had to have a bandaid on one of my fingers because my pen was causing a blister and it hurt so badly. My handwriting also gets worse and worse the longer I have to write.

I find typing on a computer so much easier than hand writing ever was. It’s fast and easy, if you make a mistake no need for crossing out, rubbing out or whiting out; Just a few presses of Backspace and you’re good to go again. Not only that, but everyone can read what I write if it’s typed up, this is more than I can say for my handwriting.

There are also the keyboard shortcuts you can use while on a computer, I remember times at school or work where I’d try and Ctrl + C my notes on the paper… and then I’d realise I was writing on paper and I couldn’t copy and paste.

Overall, I think typing is far superior to handwriting and it allows a wider audience to see and understand what you have to say.

2 comments

  1. Georgie says:

    I actually used to really love writing by hand, but I share the same annoyance with spiral notebooks. I used to love them, but then grew to hate them. I went for Moleskine notebooks then promptly decided I was wasting my money. Most of the time I just throw away all my notes, unless I have written poems or something a bit more precious. Anything else just goes in the bin. Unfortunately I still have a habit of buying cute notebooks when I could be saving money.

    I guess I still love writing, but only because I like the way it feels when I write. Sometimes I doodle because I find it a bit therapeutic. But I do prefer typing these days. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Christine says:

    Despite those problems that a spiral notebook and gel pens can cause, I still love writing with a pen and paper. I make my students write with pen and paper in class for informal assignments. I love looking at people’s handwriting. It adds a layer of personality for me!

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