I’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo for past few years, and I have never needed a prompt. This year, however, I’m finding it a challenge to come up with things to write about.
For those participating in NaBloPoMo this year, do you use prompts or prefer free-writing?
For today’s post, I’m going with Friday’s prompt:
Friday, November 4, 2011
When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer?
When writing, I usually prefer the use of pen and paper. Growing up, I kept a journal. I’d write in it every day even if I had nothing of interest to say.
There is something so natural about writing. It’s almost as though your pen is a natural extension of your body and can connect the thoughts from your mind to the paper by way of your hand. Also, the cracking sound of the spine of a book/journal/diary and the smell of paper add to the sensory experience of writing.
A friend and I once commented on how it feels like the art of letter writing in the paper and pen form is dying. I often feel guilty about sending out Christmas/Holiday cards every year because of the amount of paper used. People don’t always keep the letters or cards. Oftentimes, they just throw/recycle them anyway. To be more environmentally conscious, I decide to go with the “Save a tree and e-mail me” mindset. I received tons of criticism one year with people saying how impersonal that was and how they’d enjoy an actual letter.
I agree. There’s nothing greater than receiving a personal letter written to you by a friend or family member. My mother-in-law’s generation is one that keeps up the letter writing tradition and continues to share information, news, thoughts, and insights through letters.
I feel conflicted because I love nothing more than receiving and sending personal letters (by way of pen and paper), but I am in a time where everything is digital. Much of the work I do from home is on the computer. When teaching, a lot of the non-textbook activities require the use of the computer and/or internet. When working on freelance jobs, much of it is done on the computer.
These days, I find myself typing more than actually writing.
I find myself sending e-vites, e-mail, and text messages more than writing actual letters. Sadly, I sometimes even prefer texting than talking on the phone. With limited time, it’s just faster.
Though I appreciate that using a computer to communicate with others is faster and often more convenient, I prefer writing with pen and paper. In theory, pen and paper would be my ideal choice, but in practice, I find myself using the computer more.
I do realize that we need to make time for our loved ones and even if it takes a little more effort, try to add a personal touch – be it through a handwritten letter or a phone call.
What do you prefer? Writing with paper and pen or computer?