Lately I've noticed some writers tweeting about writing their stories by hand, and that made me curious. I definitely like the idea of sitting down with paper and a pen, which always makes me feel so much closer to my writing and the words--much closer than I feel when typing at a computer.
That being said, I type more often than I write by hand. My problem--and I've heard others express this same issue--is that my thoughts flow much more quickly than my hand can keep up. As a result, my writing, which is normally neat, grows sloppy and difficult to read, and afterward, I find myself struggling to decipher what I had written. Using a pen and paper slows down my progress; typing does not.
Still, I do use pen and paper occasionally. I love sitting in coffee shops with my notebook, people-watching and--I admit--eavesdropping on the conversations around me. When I visited New York City for the first time, writing in Starbucks, trite as the idea may seem, was one of the first things I wanted to do, and I did it. For some reason, I felt more like a writer that day.
How do you write best?