I like writing on my laptop because I can type quickly. I like writing with a pencil because it is more relaxing and pleasant to edit: The words just flow and there is no bright light.

Are there options that combine the advantages of both?

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    There's always coal on the back of a shovel... May 26, 2016 at 15:38
  • Dictate it into voice recognition software. May 26, 2016 at 15:43
  • @LaurenIpsum Was some famous piece of literature produced that way?
    – sirdank
    May 26, 2016 at 15:59
  • Abraham Lincoln famously did his schoolwork that way as a child. May 26, 2016 at 18:55
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    I've put this on hold because questions that solicit list-style answers (as we're seeing here already) aren't a good fit for SE. Please edit to describe what features are important to you and then we can reopen -- describe the problem you're trying to solve rather than just taking a survey, and I'm confident the folks here can help you. Thanks! May 26, 2016 at 20:43

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While die-hard wordsmiths might cringe, dictation is a great way to get your words on paper!

  • There's probably a market for a DYAC story, but I don't think you could do a novel that way. Kind of Pynchon meets Dali by way of HAL. May 26, 2016 at 18:57

You could always also use a typewriter if you find one somewhere


I like writing with a really great pen. If the instrument feels good in my fingers and makes nice marks on the paper, then I'll enjoy the whole process more.

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