Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ways To Write

We're in a heavily media-based era.  Due to this, we as writers have several options as to what media we use to write.  Each type has advantages and disadvantages.

1. The Pencil
  • You can write as quickly as you can move your hands
  • Minor mistakes can be erased
  • Pencils and paper are inexpensive
  • Heavy revisions make your paper very sloppy
  • You can't submit something that's written in pencil
  • You're limited by your own penmanship

2. The Typewriter
  • Neat
  • Helpful to a screen-writer
  • Tough to correct mistakes
  • Slow
  • Highly limited fonts

3. Dictation
  • Fast
  • Convenient
  • Efficient
  • Punctuation is tough to handle
  • Background-noise is harmful
  • Extra cost (program like Dragon) or time (writing from a recording)

4. The Computer
  • Fast
  • Best for submissions
  • Range of fonts
  • Allows you to copy/paste to email submissions or to alpha/beta-readers
  • Initial cost is high
  • Good writing programs have an extra cost

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