On Writing: Paper or PC?

I confess: I’m a lover of the laptop but a soul mate of pen and paper.

It’s fair to say that most writers will have a preference of tools when it comes to creating their written masterpieces.

I’ve tried and tested the different methods over the years and although I love writing, I feel the creativity flows with ease when I put a pen to paper. I tend to plan on paper and write it up in ‘best’ on my laptop, both methods go hand in hand and it works beautifully.

But I was interested to know if other writers share the same preference or perhaps you could provide a better argument for writing purely onto an electrical device.

To assist you in your decision-making, I’ve thought about and made some valid points for you to consider:


  • Raw creativity – That feeling of freedom as your pen glides over the paper, allowing your thoughts to run wild and ideas pour out onto the page.
  • caliIt just flows – You’re not worried about spelling mistakes or grammar, all that matters is that you write authentically and it will make sense later.
  • It feels magical – You’re in the moment, you’re embracing this creative buzz and once you start writing, you can’t stop!
  • You can remember how you were feeling at the time you wrote it – There’s an emotional connection.Those little doodles at the corners of the page and the random scribbles in the margin, all helps you take a trip back to the past to how you were feeling that day. When we’re in the moment, everything can feel so intense, and this is reflected especially in our journal writing.
  • No pressure to be perfect – Spelling mistakes, grammar errors, structure faux pas, it’s all fine when you’re writing on paper. It’s almost like you have accepted that perfection isn’t required and the freedom a draft gives you is beautiful.

PC/Laptop/iPad/Electrical device

  • write1It’s more structured – The fact that you can mold the whole layout as you write is amazing. If you’re writing poetry, it’s easy to space down to another line. If you’re writing articles, you can write in paragraphs and use templates to guide you (particularly in Google Docs).
  • You can check the spelling, grammar and word count, all with the click of a button – Once you’ve been staring at the screen for hours, you’re able to use technology to help identify all the other areas that need attention. With the help of Grammarly, you can go one step further and make sure it all makes sense.
  • You can read what you wrote – Have you ever written something in a rush? Then can’t read it back? Problems. More specifically, writer’s problems. For the most part, you’ll be able to read your own handwriting but when you type onto your laptop, there’s no chance of you misreading what you’ve written, unless you aren’t paying attention, of course.
  • You can edit as you write, without messing up your page – Exactly what it says on the tin. This is something I love about writing directly onto WordPress, is the fact that I can edit is as I go along. Sometimes what I’m writing turns out different to what I expected, when I come to edit I may add or remove features and that is easier to do with an electrical device. If blogs were handwritten, that would be a lot of starting over!

What works best for you? I’d love to know!


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary says:

    I’m discovering that I prefer writing by hand first, and then typing what I wrote onto the computer, either in Word or Scrivener. I enjoy typing on the computer, but you were right when you said that writing send to flow better when you write by hand. And I make sure that I use one of two particular pens when I write to make the flow even better.


  2. beautyaddictmama says:

    I use both too. I tend to plan on paper in a particular notebook with bright coloured fine liners and I do feel as if it just flows nicely.

    If I’m writing for my blog, I make notes in my notebook and the type up fully on my laptop but if I’m journaling or if I’m writing just for me it’s in always using pen and paper.

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