When I began to really delve into writing poetry and short stories I was more comfortable writing in long hand. It freed my mind to truly compose the ideas, the rhymes and the drama, and felt much more like a natural flow from brain to hand to ink to paper. The archaic version of computers we had at that point did not lend much ease in the writing experience since it was a behemoth that was no more moveable than my car.
In the bygone days of my youth (I make myself sound 100 years old), when I began to read voraciously, I would always have a pen and paper handy to write down any words I found challenging and words that I was excited to use in my writing. It went on for pages. I still have those pages and, although they are now collecting dust in a storage bin, they still remind me of my hunger for words. My hunger now is much more easily satiated. With the ease of Google, on-line dictionaries and thesauruses I no longer have to put the word to paper and look it up in a bound, hard-cover dictionary. I even have a dictionary in my Kindle should the need arise to define a foreign word.
Nowadays, I’m sure a chimpanzee would have much more success with that foreign writing object we call a pen. I used to have beautiful handwriting and now the things that come out of the pen slightly resemble a modified version of shorthand. (It would be far more beneficial for me if it were shorthand since I currently have no clue what I’ve written!)
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With the ease of the digital age I use a voice recorder if I am overcome with inspiration. Random thoughts that used to be scribbled on scraps of paper are now stored in my phone for easy access. My calendar is on my iPhone and so is my shopping list. Even with my creative stream, that long steady flow of blue ink has been replaced by the gentle tapping of the keyboard on my laptop. I have finally been able to train my mind to tune out the incessant clicking and it no longer derails my train of thought.
What do you do? Do you still give the ink a chance or are you a slave to your keyboard?