Reader/Writer Confessions: I’m a Writer . . . But I Don’t Really Write

. . . Not physically, anyway.

Sure, I have a few notebooks laying around, and ideas written on small pieces of paper here and there, but I never actually write write a novel in a notebook. Why? Because it’s easier. First off, writing a whole novel in a notebook would destroy my poor hands, so it has always been out of the question. Secondly, writing a whole novel down in the notebook would be kind of pointless, considering that I a) upload my work online, so therefore, I would need to type it out anyway; and b) it’s a lot easier to edit using a program like Scrivener than out in paper. Jeez, what did writers do before computers!?


Anyway, I know there are people out there who are probably the opposite from me. Because after all, I used to be one of them. There was a time where I would have notebooks filled, scribbles of story ideas here, there, and everywhere — but eventually I came to the conclusion that it would just be easier if I typed things out. The more I wrote, the easier it was to type instead of write. The only downside to writing on a laptop/computer instead of doing it the old-fashioned way… Well, the distractions that come along with it.

So what are the positives and negatives of typing your novel instead of writing?


— It doesn’t hurt your hand as much

— It’s much easier to organize and keep track of your writing

— You can easily delete/add things wherever you’d like . . . whereas with hand writing, that’s almost impossible

— It’s so so so much quicker


— Like a lot of technology, it all eventually goes to shit, and there’s a relatively high chance that you might lose your work

—  You’re more likely to be distracted by things on your computer

All in all, here’s how I do it: I write small ideas, paragraphs, and names/titles down, but I actually write and revise the novel by typing.

So what about you? Do you prefer to write on a computer/laptop, or using a good old-fashioned notebook? Let me know in the comments below.



6 thoughts on “Reader/Writer Confessions: I’m a Writer . . . But I Don’t Really Write

  1. I make notes and outline by hand – and I’m never without a notebook! – but I prefer to work on computer because it’s quicker. If you’re very careful with saving your files, hopefully you won’t suffer loss of work – but there’s no foolproof answer to the ‘distraction’ problem! :) However you write, just make sure you keep doing it.

  2. I used to handwrite…back when I didn’t have a computer. Now I couldn’t do it for the life of me! Agh, heck no. >.< I barely can write a to-do list on my desk before my hand collapses on me. I WAS BUILT FOR THE COMPUTER. Or something. lol Mime writes out whole books by hand, still, I just take my hat off to her. And then go back to my computer. x)

  3. I love to write by hand but I have horrible handwriting. I use to imagine that when I’d finally write a book I would hand write it that didn’t last past age twelve. Now I usually outline excessively and write lots of sticky notes(whenever anything remotely relevant passes through my mind) by hand and type my actual book, unless I am without computer. =)

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