Pen Vs KeyPad

When creating that novel masterpiece or the poem to win all poems the writing process starts with either a pen or a keypad. The pen and keypad both have their pros and cons and most people, possibly yourself, prefer one above the other.
Although both methods get the job of writing the story down, the methods both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Pros of handwriting

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When you don’t have to worry about waiting for the computer to load to get the juices that were flooding through your mind down on paper, handwriting on a notepad offer quick access to your story exactly where you left off


It only cost around $5 to buy a notebook and pen since a laptop or desktop could run in the thousands


Some people like writing their stories out for the sake of wanting to hand write their story out. There are some people who were around before computers, Microsoft word, and printing came out. People are used to what they are comfortable with.

Con of Handwriting

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It Has to be Typed Eventually

Even if I were to write a 40,000 page novel handwritten on 6 or more notebooks it will eventually have to be typed up to be able to send to an agent or publishing house or even to publish on the Kindle.

Hand Cramps

This is also a con of typing but no one wants pen bump on their finger from clutching the pen too hard in their hand and for too long.


While time is being saved from getting out the computer there is also time wasted by having to turn the page over when you need to use the next page. A word document automatically gives you a new page and does not need any stops in the flow of magic from brain to keypad.



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Pros of Typing

  • Print Ready

Since the work is already on a computer, it is easier to print off than having to typing up everything that was handwritten. This saves time and energy on the part of the writer.

  • Immediate Spell check      ( the red swiggly line)

Typing on any Microsoft word document provides the convenience of having the red swiggly line show up under every misspelled word you type. I find this an advantage because it saves time used to look words up for a dictionary

Cons of Typing

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  • Not everyone can type

typing slowly can waste time and slow down creativity.

Other People Opinions

One friend believes it’s time-consuming because he finds that handwriting keeps his thoughts flowing freely. My friend also grew up during the time when computers in the classroom just came out and more used to writing on paper than on computer. Just something to keep in mind.

My Opinion?

I type my work on the computer. When I write for a long time with a pen I get hand cramps and I’m a pretty fast typist anyways so I’m TeamKeyPad for sure.

Your Opinion?

Let me know what side you’re by commenting below. What would you add to the list of pros and cons? Would love to hear from you 🙂

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Shaquanda Dalton

Hello, my name is Shaquanda Dalton and welcome to! I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graudated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Creative Writing. I fell in love with writing at the age nine and love it till this day. :)

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