It is a beautiful day today and I have been chugging through Camp NaNoWriMo! Worlds Apart is coming together and it feels so good to get so much work done on a novel that I love so much. Today’s post is a little writing life post that will be dedicated to the age old battle of writing in a notebook vs. writing on a computer! Cue the battle music! Something that I have noticed this Nano is that I have been writing so much more than I did in November and I honestly feel like it is because I decided to hand write my first draft instead of typing it out. I will go and type what I have written down closer to the end so I can add more details and have an accurate word count. One of the reasons that I decided to ditch the computer until the end is that I found the computer to be distracting. While trying to type I would get distracted by the internet while writing in a notebook has caused me to really focus on it and not be distracted .
Here we go! I will write about the pros and cons of using a notebook and a computer and you can decide which one will be the best for your writing goals!
The first one I will be talking about is writing in a notebook! This is what my friends and I deem the “classic” approach. You break out your pen or pencil and write down the first draft of your beautiful story in a notebook. Even though this is an excellent way to really connect to the world you are creating there are some cons that come with this approach. I have compiled a list of pros and cons for you below!
- Lower chances of getting distracted while writing.
- Writing can feel so good when you do it by hand.
- You can use beautiful pens.
- You would be able to say that you wrote it the same way the great authors of old did. (wow that sounds dorky haha I really need to lay off the fantasy novels)
- Hand cramps! Writing for a long period of time can lead to them and they are AWFUL.
- Depending on how long your first draft will be you will probably have to buy multiple notebooks which can be a pain.
- If you are writing in pen and you make a mistake you will have to break out the white out or strike it through. This can be a hassle when you are in the writing groove.
- Finally, the major con is typing what you have written. It is a blessing and a curse because you can add more details as you enter it in the computer but this step can be a bit time consuming.
Now it is on to our next contestant, the computer! Writing on a computer can be easier since everything you need is in one place. There are a few cons that come with using the computer for writing so check out my pros and cons list below!
- Everything is in one place! Your research, playlists, and writing are all on your computer which makes it extremely easy to keep up with.
- Less to carry around! You can pack your laptop, world bible, and a charger and be ready to write anywhere you want.
- Computers can store all of your writing so you don’t have to worry about running out of space for your novel.
- Spell check is a blessing. You would be surprised with how many words you misspell while writing your draft and this tool is so useful.
- The internet can be so tempting when you are trying to write a project.
- Computers can be hacked and some rude person can steal your manuscript.
- Your computer can crash and you can lose everything. (This is why you always back up your work on to a flash-drive)
- That battery life can dictate how much work you can get done if you forget your charger.
Now that you have read the pros and cons of using a notebook or a computer hopefully you can now choose one that will help you along your literary journey! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have an adventurous day!