In my music room I have piles of paper with (half finished) song lyrics, to do lists, general ideas and random thoughts, lines, phrases and song titles all neatly presented for future reference.
I’ve attempted to use a computer keyboard and word processor instead of pen and paper to jot down my ramblings and I’ve found that the feeling of continuity between head/heart and computer screen is not the same as the organic scrawl of a really good quality pen.
Somehow the act of putting pen to paper allows me to be an integral part of what I’m writing whereas I feel distant from my ideas if I type it.
Yes, I know that for this very post to exist I would’ve had to have typed the words into a word processor or directly into the WYSIWYG editor in WordPress however, I wrote this particular post on paper first.
I don’t do this with every post however, I got the idea for this post from automatically and randomly writing on pieces of paper as a means of clearing my mind of the stuff it has collected over time. A bit of mental cleaning.
I’m a big fan of technology but at the same time I’d hate to see the art of writing with pen and paper disappear for good.
What do you think? Pen and paper or keyboard and word processor?