How do you write?

The world of writing has evolved extensively, even in just the past few years. I still remember the first story that I wrote. I don’t remember how it went, or how it ended, but I do remember it was a short story for school and involved castles.

I wrote it on my dad’s dos computer that had like 64kb of ram, in the basement office that he had set up.

When I started to extensively write, I was 12 or 13. We were getting ready to move an hour away from civilization and I was homeschooled, so I needed something to occupy my time. I started having my parents buy me pens and 5 subject notebooks and I went to town.

I still have those notebooks, all 30 of them, in my basement. Most of them are terrible, terrible things that are really just a combination of ideas taken from books, comics and games and adapted to my own universe.

As I grew older, I started developing my own ideas and worlds, but I still wrote on paper. It wasn’t until maybe 6-7 years ago that I wrote nearly exclusively on a computer. But, I still used paper and pen for when I was away from my computer or just to jot down ideas.

Even now, I find myself grabbing a piece of scratch paper and a pen when I’m at work and an idea hits me. It’s something about the scratch of the pen as I drag it across the paper that gives me the satisfaction that the tap-tap-tap of a keyboard doesn’t.

So with all of the options for writing in this modern era of smartphones, tablets and ultra-thin laptops, do you still find yourself scratching out ideas on paper or have you gone over to the completely-electronic world?

About Joshua K Johnson

Josh is the author of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive, Gunpowder Fantasy novels set in the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. He is currently working on a new novel set in the same world as well as The Centaur Incursion, Book 3 in the Ansgari Rebellion Series and Loyalty Betrayed, Book 1 in the Liberty Forged Series. He currently works full-time and has an 8-year old and a 4-year old to keep him busy.

Posted on May 19, 2012, in writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love pen and paper. I find that I can potentially write faster on the computer, but there’s just something about opening a book and getting out my fountain pen that is conducive to originality. I love it 🙂

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