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10 Famous Writers Who Don't Use Modern Tech to Create

10 Famous Writers Who Don t Use Modern Tech to Create

1. Quentin TarantinoThe famed director, who writes his own screenplays, pens his masterpieces with actual pens.

"My ritual is, I never use a typewriter or computer. I just write it all by hand. It’s a ceremony. I go to a stationery store and buy a notebook -- and I don’t buy like 10. I just buy one and then fill it up. Then I buy a bunch of red felt pens and a bunch of black ones, and I’m like, ‘These are the pens I’m going to write Grindhouse with,'" he said in an interview with Reuters.

10 Famous Writers Who Don t Use Modern Tech to Create

Game of Thrones fans might not know why it takes George R. R. Martin so long to write his books, but maybe this fact will help: He writes everything on an old word processor.

The famed sci-fi writer shared the tidbit in a 2011 post on his LiveJournal account.


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neal stephenson also writes longhand with pen...another thousand-page author

That's... Crazy. The pen is such an inefficient tool!

It's not just the pen, it's the page and the act of writing.

"A blank computer screen makes me want to throw up," explains Niven Govinden. "It's not conducive to good writing. The physicality of longhand pleases me. I can revise as I work in a way that doesn't happen on a laptop. There's a greater sense of space when using a pen.* A lined notebook is less judgmental. But most importantly, I write in a more economical way. I think harder about one good sentence following another, which for me is all that matters."

In longhand, the hand moves freely across the page in a way no amount of computer jiggery-pokery can muster. I think the economy of writing longhand is to do with its pace. Which is something Alex Preston has found out.

"I think each writer, and each novel, has an inherent pace," he says. "It's important to find a tool that matches the pace of the writing. I composed my first book in a computerised blur; for the second, I wanted to be more scrupulous, more thoughtful. This is the pace of longhand. Writing with the fetish objects – the Uni-ball pen, the Rhodia notebooks –and watching the imprint of pen on page reminds us that writing is a craft. If everything is done on keyboards and fibre-optic wires, we may as well be writing shopping lists or investment reports."

* Brought to mind this stashed link from long ago, wrt spatial relationship:

"In contrast, most screens, e-readers, smartphones and tablets interfere with intuitive navigation of a text and inhibit people from mapping the journey in their minds."

Writing is craft. The reminder of that is a feedback loop that makes the artist more creative and focused. 

If writing with pen is a craft, what is typing on a keyboard?

the same. I did like the pace comment. 

Typing on a keyboard is more science than art, Semil. 

Gadgetry is the playground of the engineers, not the artists. 

Trent Reznor would disagree with you, Adam.

Haha. So would Daft Punk!

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