Pen: Remember when people used us?
Paper: Yes. Those were the days.
*Computer comes and knocks them off the table*
Computer: Ahaha, I don’t!
And you thought this was going to be a rock, paper, scissor, fight, huh? Okay, maybe not, but that was a good way to start off this blog, right? I am 25 years old. I’m in no way saying that I’m old. But, I do recall writing all my English assignments using the good ole pen and paper(That doesn’t make me sound old, right?). Then if we were lucky, we would transfer it to the computer. Which I liked, because if you seen my writing back then you would want me to transfer it to the computer. Now, flash forward to my college studies. We are on the computer everyday. As matter of fact, some of my classes, I don’t even have to write down notes; the teacher already have them printed out. As I’m planning my book and games, I see that I am writing with pen & paper more so than typing on the computer. But is typing on a keyboard better than pen & paper? That’s rather subjective. In this blog post I want to give examples, good and bad, on both sides.
Let’s start off with the good side of programming. If you are proficient with typing, you could possibly type a lot of words in a minute. If you know what you want to say the very moment you sit down, typing a page will be easy for you. Even if you can write on paper fast, it won’t be easily readable to some people. You can EASILY read from a printed page. A added bonus for computers is that if you mess up a sentence or a word, hit delete key and get rid of a line or word. With paper you have to scratch out a word, and waste space of the paper. Then, you have rewrite it so the teacher don’t see the mistakes. One of the big pluses of a computer is….No wasting paper!! You ever see movies or TV shows where people are writing and when they mess up they ball the paper up and throw it in the trash? Yeah, annoying right? I did it in school countless of times(Oh, paper basketball how I miss thee). Well guess what? No need to do that on the computer! If you don’t feel satisfied with a document, all you do is press delete and boom it’s gone! No more paper basketball. Unless you like buying computers.
Even though I love the computer(I’m a game designer after all) there are some bad things about typing it. When I’m trying to type a document, be it for school or planning a game, there seems to be a point where I get distracted. When I’m in deep thought of what to type next, I unconsciously go in my internet browser and surf the web. I say to myself “I’m going to take a five minute break to think about what I want to type next.” Well, that five minutes turns into a hour, which turns into not working/typing that day at all. Sure, I can simply press a button that turns the Wi-Fi off. Who actually does that?. When we are trying to get inspiration we turn to facebook or computer games thinking to stop after five minutes. You know it will go longer than that. Unless you have a strong work ethic and not go on the internet and games, you will strongly get distracted by the countless things to do on the computer. The next thing I want to bring up is starring at the screen for a long time. Our eyes can get strained after awhile. Not even starring at the screen, just looking at the page count. If you have to do a 10 page book report you will stare at that page number for the longest hoping to get past page ONE! Another thing to add, and this maybe just me, is the wear and tear of the keyboard. I just have this self conscience that the keyboard will magically break at one point. Granted, that has never happened to me, but it could happen. So the less typing on the keyboard is for the better
Now, on to the goodies for using pen and paper. Okay, to some people here writing on paper maybe a lost art form. Something from ancient Roman times. Not that many people I know write on paper, unless its writing down a grocery lists. Heck, I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with a pen. So, for any quick jotting down of notes, I can take the pen out and write on the screen. But now, I like sitting down with my notebook and writing what’s on my mind. I’m writing this blog post first in my notebook and transferring it to the computer later on where I will then edit it out. For me, writing down on paper is fluid. I write as fast as I can think. Plus, I have this cool fountain pen and I like to write with it. For the sake of my sanity, I will save that for a different blog post. Writing also is good for your penmanship. Seeing how that is also lost art form, too. If you find mistakes in your paper, you can get a highlighter and cross it out(Eventually, in school you would have to write it over again anyways). If you use you computer to write, it is recommended for you to print out your copy and cross out words. With paper, its a matter of scratching out and replacing a word. No wasted paper by doing that. And a big plus, looking at the paper won’t strain your eyes. Now your handwriting is a different subject.
With all that being said, writing is not all roses and daisy. Did I just say that? Anyways…. There are some times when writing on paper can be frustrating. If you write for a extended amount of time, your hand could get cramped. Most of the time that can be caused by the pen you are writing with. That’s why you should take a break every so often. Another problem that I have ran across is counting the number of pages on a notebook to the computer. It all depends on the size of your writing. One page maybe a page and a half. For me, it seems, it’s two pages. So, if you are page conscience and your report has to be a certain number of pages, than the writing is best done on your hand dandy notebook computer(Ha, see what I did there?).
To write or to type? That is the question. I brought out my personal reasons on both sides; The good and the bad. Personally with all the distractions with the computer, I would rather do my planning and writing on my notebook. Especially seeing how a pen and notebook is with me everyday. I don’t like to tote around my laptop everywhere. And that’s because I’m afraid that I will break it. The only downside with notebooks that I can’t delete the page. I do so many things on my computer, I just want to take a break and do something off of it. What do you think? Is typing on the keyboard the best? Or is writing in the hand dandy notebook the best?