Read my arguments and then hop over to her blog to see if she presented a more convincing case.
Be SURE you come back tomorrow because we're playing BLACKJACK! I've got lots of little prizes to give away and if you happen to get 21, you'll get a bunch of entries into the grand prize drawing of your choice. Even if you bust, we'll give you another entry. Also, Janet is posting Sarah LaPolla's interview tomorrow, so you'll want to check that out...she could be critiquing YOUR first ten pages soon!
Okay, without further ado...here's what I have to say about writing tools:
To be perfectly honest, I love pen and paper. I didn't get a computer until I was in my late 20's, so I spent a lot of time with pen and paper. Lots of warm and fuzzy feelings there. But you cannot deny the versatility and power of a laptop. It holds thousands of pages of your writing without any additional weight. It's search features help you find passages in seconds, and typing is so much faster than writing long hand. But there are some lesser known advantages I'd like to share with you.
The writer sitting at a laptop looks so much cooler and more professional than the one who is scribbling her ideas onto notebook paper. And that, my friends, translates into confidence. The confident writer is soooo much more likely to conquer the literary world.
Once you publish, you can start writing off some of your expenses. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist (or tax accountant) to figure out that a laptop is a MUCH better write off than notebook and pen.
Some writers get a little
Your paper manuscript can rip, burn, blow away, or get reduced to pulp if you spill your Diet Coke on it. Can you rip your laptop? I don't think so.
While carpal tunnel has been known to happen on some hard-core typists using poor form, injury is so much more likely if you're trying to write 80,000 words manually. Your hand will cramp up before your done. And then do you know what will happen? Eventually the cramps won't go away and your hand will be permanently disfigured and so when you finally manage to scribble the last words (with your feet I might add cuz you certainly won't be able to write with your hands any more) and you go to a conference to wine and dine with those big wig agents and editors, you're not going to be able to shake hands with any of them. And there goes that million dollar advance. I ask you, are you willing to risk it?
A laptop makes a much better night light than a pad of paper ever will. PLUS, you can write in the dark much more efficiently on a laptop than you can with paper. You know you can't see where the lines are so your brilliant prose is gonna run together and the next morning when you try to read it, you won't be able to decipher it and all that work will be lost.
So...go to Janet's blog and tell her you vote for LAPTOPS. It's okay, you know you want to.
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5. Contest Closes Saturday 2 April at midnight EST. All winners will be announced Monday, 4 April