It is an old debate now – one the young folks must just roll their eyes at but every so often I struggle with it. It just never really gets settled in my brain. I also know it does not have to be one or the other but I feel like I am standing on top of a fence and balancing is harder each year.
This is a debate I have often do I use paper and pen to write or the keyboard/computer. (I am old enough to think of the key board as part of a typewriter, which I hated by the way. This is another story for another day.)
I use both right now. I have developed a system of using each for different tasks. Each medium is a wonder to be hold for me. I like both but…
My personal journal and my garden notebook are always done by hand. They are real notebooks and pens. My garden notebooks are always graph paper with a plastic cover since they go outside with me. I like the flexibility of paper when working with plants outside and around water, or when I need to create a small and simple chart for tracking my seeds. The personal journal is a black lined composition notebook. It is small and carries well when traveling or writing outside in the sun. It takes about a year to fill one notebook with 200 pages. I don’t write a lot in my personal journal – although I must say that is changing with age.
The computer is what I use for blogging – somehow I find ideas hidden in my head when I open my blog to start a new post. I get stuck when trying to write a blog post by hand (odd I know). The computer is also where I write stories, my children’s books or small novels. Of course, the computer is the place for communication – e-mails, social media and for me reading on my I-pad.
It all seems well thought out and organized – each items has its own purpose and use. So why the big deal?
I can’t tell you why – it is just some mornings I wake up thinking I need to change the whole process. It is usually when my fingers are sore and they refuse to bend like they did when I was younger. It is then that I think – ok now is the time – everything needs to be on the computer. Just make it all digital!
But something pulls me back each time.
This morning I sit, with the sun pouring in through the deck doors, a paper journal to my side and my computer on my lap, my phone and i-pad next to my tea cup. Geez – it seems like over kill here. Do I need all this stuff? Do I make the change now – do I move to all digital? Why am I reluctant to move my personal writing into this digital platform?
Why do I struggle to put my garden journal on line? I have several “notebooks”on my computer for my garden already. It would work well to have pages to tab between for the garden budget, the planting chart and the written reflections. I write most of my garden notes at night after a day or working anyway – very few notes are written out in the field/garden.
So what is the big deal!
I can’t tell you – I just get into these artist funks every now and then.
- Do I keep writing or quit?
- Do I use paper or computer?
- Is it clutter or creative material? (see yesterdays post)
- Am I creative or just messing around?
- Is messing around creative?
Do you ever find yourself going in circles about things like this?
Do you prefer computers to paper?
(Truth be told I didn’t sleep well last night, I got up before the sun and the caffeine in my tea is not working. This angst could just be a product of lack of sleep. Maybe I should just go take a nap and it will all settle its self.)