How do you write?

Photo credit to @jjpacres on Flickr.
Photo credit to @jjpacres on Flickr.

During an author interview, have you ever been asked about how you write? Do you type on a computer, use longhand, record your own voice…? This question is asked so frequently that it’s become cliché, but it does raise an interesting point: does varying your writing process add variety to your writing itself?

Writing on a mobile phone or tablet offers the portability of a pen and notebook, while also allowing writers to use the resources of the Internet or even incorporate pictures. How can a description of a city scene be enhanced by a picture of that exact scene? Should it? Tablet writers must deal with the endless possibilities technology offers — possibilities which could distract from the work itself.

As the celebrated young author Wells Tower said in an interview with the Huffington Post, “My main gripe with the Web is that it’s toxic to the kind of concentration fiction writing requires. It’s difficult to write good sentences and simultaneously buy shoes.” Perhaps writers who are less focused on the Internet, and more focused on the crafting of fine sentences write better, and maybe the way they write makes all the difference.

Personally, I need to shut off the Internet if I’d like to get any writing done. There are far too many distractions on the Internet to waste the precious time I find to write. But I also appreciate the new possibilities that technology has availed us to, including the ability to write interactively, using the Internet to enhance your perception of a scene, or even allow you to incorporate technology into your writing. While writing on a cellphone or tablet is a far cry from a notebook, it does not seem like writing has changed fundamentally because of their invention. If anything, the introduction of technology into my writing practice allows my writing to be more experimental, more informed, and more current.

How has how you write affected what you write?

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18 thoughts on “How do you write?”

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  2. Simone Brightstein

    I write with great difficulty and huge reluctance. I don’t think I can even call myself a writer any more.

  3. Rose Marie Noguera

    Writing comes from within so if technology makes it easier to contemplate your urge to write, so be it. I always have a pen and a journal handy because you never know when a moment of greatness will appear and you must capture it!

  4. I have to admit that nearing sixty and during the last thirty years of writing I have a tried and trust fountain pen which edits what may have been created on the trusty laptop. There is something creative about pen and paper and whilst I do not write fiction but, instead, non-fiction the process has remained the same all these years. I imagine that there is some organic process which the final editing creates when pen and paper meet.

  5. Ashley Kingston

    It really depends on where I am and how I’m feeling as to what I use to write. There have been times when I have opened my laptop to write on there and end up with a notebook on top of my laptop writing my story. Something I have noticed very recently when writing by hand I often leave details out, or words, letters, sometimes I even take a hop skip and a jump over whole scenes. Many people in my life wonder how I am able to do that and still have a complete book at the end of it all and that is one thing that is very hard to explain to non-writers. although I went through a phase where I had to have everything on the computer and nothing written down there is just something about being able to see your words written on paper without having to spend a ton of money to print it.

  6. Io faccio un pò alla vecchia maniera. Scrivo tutto a mano su un quaderno, poi semmai riporto tutto sul computer. Senza Internet naturalmente.

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