Writing Dilemma #2

One dilemma ends and another dawns.


I don’t mind typing, considering that it does get easier and speedier, and also, sometimes it is way better for your lazy ass for its sole purpose of auto-correct. So, as soon as I had my laptop, I have been fluent with computers and typing. And I truly don’t mind adapting to this, as I have a problem between the kindle and the paperbacks. But honestly, there are times when I don’t have my laptop with myself, or I am just lazy enough to open it and do the necessary, or better still, I am nuzzled up under the sheets in the middle of the night and I want to write. At times like these, I love; I repeat I love my journal. I just happen to open it and scribble whatever, useless but considered by me, a piece of art that came to my mind. And this has been good, so far. But now after months of doing this (as I am determined to writing something at least everyday, presumably a poem) I have filled up more journals than e-files.


Now, it is easier, without the temptation of Google help, translations and a thesaurus, the art that I consider it to be, is purely original. However, the problem with this is, if at all I have any hope of publishing it, I have to have them as a soft copy. So, then comes the arduous task of typing it all over again. And f I have to do so this in the end, then why not do it in the first place itself, and I will be technically not wasting paper, pens and will be saving a lot of time instead.


Some might give me the solution of writing it in my phone at the times when I can’t really go to my laptop and then sync it with my laptop and then the next time I open it, I can save the file…. But you forget the aforementioned fact about me being a “lazy-ass”. This is just too much work for me. And if I keep doing what I am doing I might end with more notebooks by the end of the year, than I might have ever filled. Or there is another scenario, where I could simply write a small note and then open the laptop some other time and write my poetry then. But I am a 100% sure that by then I will have forgotten my very own thought.


Wow! Even with writing I am powerful enough to find dilemmas, or do the find me wherever I go? Who could tell? I am sure these ‘problems’ are secretively in love with me!! Do tell me if they let you know about their crush on me.


Also, share your thoughts on this writing-typing dilemma, if at all you face them. Or, is it just me who is old fashioned enough in even keeping a journal?

Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog https://aestheticmiradh.com/ and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

57 thoughts on “Writing Dilemma #2

  1. Yes these dilemmas do visit me too frequently 😁. When I don’t have my laptop around…..during sleep and a Eureka moment dawns on me I grab a paper pen and jot down else my phone zindabad 😁


  2. I have this dilemma too, so I push my laziness a little off and type it on my phone. It is well synced with my laptop so I don’t have to worry about getting it saved. But sometimes it is better to write in the journals, but nowadays because of this rigorous task of typing it all over again, I have curt short my time and thus have saved more time for laziness 😉

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  3. That discovery moment surely comes… But it is somehow not recorded all the time… Not because of laziness may be, exhaustion is another key factor in this… I myself had a gap in this venture for around 6 months may be due to my job pressure… Many thoughts did arise that time, some lost, some still remain, finding out time to express them out…

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  4. The problem as I see lies in the need for publishing the contents of our journals, are they not meant for ourselves. But who am I to say anything on these artistic, writerly subject. I don’t keep a journal, for that matter I have forgotten how to write with a pen. A kindle, google, pixel type I will one day be replaced by a google writing bot

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      1. technology doesnt run me, makes me lazy 😛 I am a big fan of kindle, it reduces clutter, something that unromantic people really care about.

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      2. well I meant they like the feel(smell?) of paper, a book in their hands. gadgets dont go well with romanticism, but then now that I think about it..romantics do like clutter, they usually tend towards excess.

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  5. I write little notes in composition books, then try to make them into crude outlines. These are just memory prompts and not full sentences. I don’t think I can write anything substantial in a journal anymore, since I got used to using a word processor. Technology has made me lazy, as I use it for spelling assistance, but I try to do the grammar on my own, even though I make mistakes sometimes. Happy writing, and best of luck to you.

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  6. I have a bad bad handwriting and writing with pen is a much much tedious task compared to typing!! 😛What made my life easier was having a good phone with good typing features and which was near me whenever i had any thought to jot it down…and problem of syncing it or typing it again on laptop was not there…why? Because there are so many apps which autosync it for you nowadays…ie you type at one device…leave it…and after sometime open another device and continue from where you left off…cloud technology 😛…..for me it was google docs!! It’s awesome and gives a lot of flexibility to the lazy me…you can try it..it solves two big problems basically1) you never need to take any backup 2) you never need to type or copy again if you want to access from another device…..
    to give you an idea of how i managed things … 1) i dont have a laptop for almost 4 years now!! I have used my mobile all along for everything!
    2) whenever i needed any formatting etc to be done i could do it from any desktop without typing or moving anything!!
    3) i wrote my book completely on my mobile only!! 😀
    But having said the above, i guess pen and paper have their own charm!! I like it more compared to typed one (but not in my ugly handwriting 🙈)…..but if you are aiming at publishing then try to adopt typing as it makes things much easier…cant look at paper and then type again and again…! 😣

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    1. Your book on your mobile!!
      I can’t even think that. I don’t know may be i am more habituated to my laptop and my journal, but i have never used my phone for even blogging, except for one or two times. And even then I just abhor the process. May be i just hate my phones so much because of its incessant disturbance.

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      1. Yeah everyone has own preferences as per what suits better! I have rarely blogged using anything except phone!! And i dont get disturbed by phone as there is no one to call or msg 😅😅

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  7. I jot them down on pen and paper, then when I have time I write them on my phone, and sometimes on the phone itself. But a journal is always close to my heart, and I guess all the people who write.

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      1. Yup… because I don’t have laptop… otherwise I would have done in laptop too. ….but I try to write on paper..but because I get lot of thoughts at a time..so it will eventually look like rough book

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  8. keep the journal is what i would suggest …….the beauty of handwritten notes incomparable …….whenever you plan to publish anything i am sure it’ll have to undergo edits and redrafting …do the typing then …………..the original …raw thoughts on paper and pen can be passed on to generations ……it is old school of thought …..but i love every bit of it

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  9. I understand your dilemma as I struggle similarly. That said I cannot choose one over the other. I like to write by hand and type, it all depends on my mood. Writing by hand is more simple, I think, because all I need is a pen and source of paper, no charger, no electricity needed. However my handwriting gets worse as I write and my hand cramps. But this does mean I have to type it up eventually and I can’t write as fast as I can think.

    I love to type and I can do so decently but then I have to be staring at a screen and can at any moment lose focus and want to see something else on the internet. Of course I love the sound of clacking keys and can keep up with my thoughts, most of the time.

    I have to do both among other things. I use a variety of resources including Onedrive (which you can sync and use across devices) and Scrivener (a bit more complicated but really cool). Today I’ll be posting about the various things I use to keep track of my thoughts because I capitalize on what I can. Sometimes it’s just small details, generalized ideas so I don’t need a full on writing session like I do when I’m writing a chapter or a scene.

    Long reply, sorry, sort of. Lastly I’ll add that while you have to type up what you’ve written by hand it’s not a wholly bad thing. We have to review out work anyways right? At least that’s how I look at it though I have a lot of typing up to do. I tend to just type stuff up into documents, date and title them appropriately (& describe how this document came to be), then swear I’ll organize everything as a larger project later. 😉

    Thanks for sharing! Nice to have someone to relate to.

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    1. Thank you so much not only for your reflection but also for understanding the same dilemma. I very much agree with you. Both writing and typing have their pros and cons and we are left with our moods to decide which one to go with.

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