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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Writing Articles By Hand
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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Writing Articles By Hand

If you’re new to article writing and you're going to be writing on a regular basis you’d probably assume that the easiest and most sensible way to produce them is to type directly onto a laptop or PC. I nearly always type but I realised recently that some of my friends who do a lot of writing are writing articles by hand (or at least the first draft) saying that they find it much easier

I was curious by this, so I decided to look at the advantages and disadvantages of writing articles by hand.

Advantages

  • If you don’t have good typing skills writing by hand can be quicker.
  • Your writing may flow more easily if you don’t have to concentrate on the process of typing and just enjoy writing down you ideas and thoughts.
  • It can be less stressful to write by hand if you have poor typing skills or you don’t actually enjoy using a computer.
  • Depending on what type of laptop, tablet or PC you own, writing in a notebook may offer you more flexibility in that you can write anywhere.
  • A notebook is 100% reliable for writing articles – you never have to cope with power failure.
  • Some people find just looking at a computer screen to write sends them into a blind panic, whereas this doesn’t happen when writing by hand.
  • If you work in a notebook you don’t have to be distracted by misspelled words and grammar errors being highlighted as you work and interrupting your flow of ideas.

Disadvantages

  • If you choose to write an article by hand it might take longer to write than it would to type or dictate using voice activated software.
  • You may not be able to get the ideas in your head down quickly enough on paper and that may have an effect on your writing.
  • Depending on the neatness of your writing, it may be difficult to read your own handwriting. This may not be a problem immediately but it may be if you leave a gap between writing and then editing or typing up.
  • If you need to change the overall structure of an article and change the order of paragraphs, it’s easier to do this on a laptop and see the results than it is if you’ve just written your article on paper.
  • Whether you choose to write in pencil or ink both can fade over time. You don't want to lose your articles.
  • You have to write your articles at least twice (once by hand and then typing to publish), rather than once on a computer. You may also find yourself spending more time editing.
  • If you edit as you go along (which a lot of people do) your article can look very messy with lots of corrections and can be difficult to follow.

Summary

Having looked at some of the advantages and disadvantages of writing articles by hand – I’m going to stick at typing directly onto my laptop. However, I certainly don’t think one method is better than another. I think you have to use whatever works best for you and if you find that you ideas flow better by writing before typing - go for it.

Which method do you prefer to use?


Street Talk

I prefer to write articles on my computer. However, I don't always have my computer with me. I like to write ideas in my appointment book so I don't have to turn on my cell phone just to type an idea in there. I type first and then I do proofreading.

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  about 9 years ago
  

HI Sarah. Thanks for your comments. I see you adjust to the context in which you're operating which I guess is what a lot of people do.

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  about 9 years ago

I would love to do this, but my hands would not cooperate for the long haul

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  about 9 years ago
  

Nor mine Shawn. Whenever I do it, I suddenly find - I can't read it!

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  about 9 years ago

Looking at computer too long is bad for eyes. I will use writing by hand in the future.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Hi Eugene You're right working on a computer too long is bad for the eyes. I think you have to find a balance and use whatever methods work for you.

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  about 9 years ago
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