How do you write? Do you put pen to paper, or tap away on the keyboard? Do you think on paper, or just write away?
I’ve been writing on paper mostly, myself. When writing for twitter, or just a short fic, sometimes I prefer to type away, rather than write physically and then commit it digitally. When typing and you want to edit, you can drag your words around, delete some, and do whatever you’d like. So why, when I really want to get down and write, do I always turn back to pen and paper?
Reason 1: Books are cool
The book is lightweight, easy to carry, but just the right size for writing. I have smaller sized ones that feel like you write one word a page, and larger ones become heavier and not as easy to write on. Everything about the book feels right, from the soft-touch cover to the perfect-thickness papers, and it even comes with a ribbon bookmark. It just feels right to write in, and inspires me to write more.
Reason 2: It feels write
I know, that was a horrible pun, but it’s true. Writing on paper feels like writing, typing not so much. When writing, it’s sometimes useful to see the crossed out lines, the scribbles, and the flow of the letters. It’s great to be able to write a little note to the side, to remind yourself of something to add later. And most of all, when you put pen to paper, your ideas come to life; you could be struggling for an idea, or trying to solidify it in your mind, but when you write, it starts growing and changing and becoming real right before your eyes. That’s the beauty of writing on paper.
Reason 3: Thinking on paper
That last bit brings me to this final reason – thinking on paper. When I’m trying to find an idea – and struggling – the first thing I’ll do, is take things out of my mind, and put them on paper. If I’m creating a world based on flying pigs, my paper will look something like this
And suddenly, the idea fits together, and makes sense, and I’m ready to write!
Putting pen to paper brings my worlds and stories to life. How about yours?