Paper Or Plastic? (AKA, Pen or Keyboard?)


f you are over the age of twenty-five you’ve probably been asked the question at check-out lines. (The ones manned by actual people, not machines.) While this question in supermarkets is on the verge of extinction, I couldn’t help but think it describes another question writers often ask each other or get asked: do you prefer handwriting to typing?

Ultimately, manuscripts need to be typed up so that they look professional. But in the beginning stages, when inspiration has just struck and is leaving me giddy and excited, I prefer writing by hand. It makes sense as my process is a little bit like playing connect the dots, or discovering old coins from a sunken ship that float to the surface of the ocean. Ideas for scenes pop up sporadically which I then order and string together into what I could say is a vague outline of sorts.

My love of pretty little journals really drives my handwriting too. I currently have a stash of them in my writing drawer. Several of them are Punch Studio beauties. Whenever I see one I like, I buy it and keep it for future use.

And the pens…oh my goodness, there are so many amazing sorts of pens to write with! Fountain pens, pens with faux diamonds, pens topped with cute cats inside of bananas! (Seriously, look this up, they are called Bananya.) And there really is nothing more writerly than the smell of ink on paper, preferably mingled with the scrumptious scent of coffee or pastry. Hmm, pastry…

Anyway, I digress. What is your favorite way to write your new ideas? Get the conversation started in the comments!

Author: K. A. Moscatello

I am a longtime writer aiming for publication in the not-too-distant future! I enjoy writing about love in days long past, walking a line between historical fiction and historical romance. Currently working on the second draft of my novel set during the French Revolution. Follow my journey here and on Twitter and Facebook. Twitter: kmoscatello@kmoscatelloauth . Facebook: K.A. Moscatello, Writer

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