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Does creativity flow better with a pen and paper?

Pen and paper or laptop? Does it matter?

A recent article suggests that writing longhand is better for creative writing.

Really? Is it not more a matter of personal choice and what works best for the
individual writer?
I always used to write in notebooks first then I got my beloved Mac.
It's made my life so much easier and it's also much faster.
That said I still have notebooks all over the place which I use constantly.
I guess I make notes which I can then use when I'm writing my first drafts
but also as and when an idea pops up.
I will confess to being a bit of a fetishist when it comes to notebooks, I just love them.
Recently I have talked to and interviewed many fellow authors about this. It's really
quite interesting to see how it differs form one writer to the next. We all our
little quirks and personal preferences.
One thing though every writer I know has notebooks of course, that's almost a guarantee.
So what about you, pen & paper or toys? as one commentator put it.

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Gaming vs Novels

Charlie Higson recently asked in the Guardian:

Will computer games kill off the novel?

Will computer games kill off the novel?

Of course it won’t. Hardly the same thing and why should it?

There will always be something new, a new craze. It doesn’t mean it has to kill anything.

The way we read might evolve but most people will always want to hear a good story, goes back to the early ages of life on earth. Remember the caves…

As an author I keep an eye on Kindles and ebooks in general. I’m published traditionally but my books are to be made available as ebooks too so yes I’m interested, curious too.

As a mother I have managed so far to keep a balance right when it comes to games and computers, I hope it lasts. My children read and were read to from the start, yes, right from when they were born. Both are bookworms and can’t get enough. We buy books but also visit the library every week, otherwise we couldn’t keep up.

They also like to play games.

A question of balance, as in everything in life.

Kindle is on fire

Amazon launches Kindle Fire
Lots of interesting articles abound. Which Kindle should you choose?
This morning I read author Jason Pinter's article in the Huffington Post. One reader left a
comment arguing authors could not signe e-books. To my knowledge this is now possible.
Terrific, but is it the same? You won't get to meet the author that way, that said
book signings are declining.
In the Guardian I read:

He ( Amazon boss)  then took a swipe at Apple, saying there would be no need to synchronise the Kindle Fire to a computer, as people do with their iPads. “That model, that you are responsible for backing up your own content, is a broken model,” he said.


As an author I keep an eye and try to inform myself.
I'm lucky that my publisher is taking care of this process.
Many writers say how easy it is to upload your book on Kindle.
Maybe I shall give it a go one day and do it myself. I'm curious by nature.
However I still prefer reading paper books. I spend enough time writing my own novels
on my laptop, I need a break from screens.
Also I love going into a book shop or a library and taking my time, whatever little
precious time I have.

Things change, we have to keep up. Many years ago I never thought I'd write my novels entirely
on my laptop, now I wouldn't dream to write a first draft on notebooks.
Still, some authors I know still do that.
We all make changes at our own pace.
What about you? Have you switched to Kindle yet or do you prefer paperbacks?

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