Pencil or Keyboard?

One of those matters of personal taste: pencil or keyboard? Each has pros and cons, and whether you carry a notebook into coffee shops and occasionally peek over the top of it at the other coffee-goers, or whether you sit down and let your fingers glide effortlessly (or not so effortlessly) across the keys makes little difference in the end.

Still, it is fun to hear how other writers prefer to write.

Personally, I would love to try a typewriter one day, just to say I did. Currently, however, I vacillate between pencil and keyboard. I love writing in a notebook, because it is easy to carry around, and I feel more creative with a pencil in hand. Plus, when I type it out, it makes it super easy to make a first revision without having to cut, copy, paste, delete, etc.

The keyboard, however, seems to be more productive in terms of word count. Most likely because I can’t seem to resist revising on the go…

So my current writing method is to write in my notebook most of the time, then when I get involved in a Word War (facebook writer friends) I pull out Microsoft Word with its handy dandy automatic word count.

What about you? How do you like to do your writing?

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