Tech Tips for Writers #125: Editing is Easier When It’s Done Digitally

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Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: Why should I give up paper and pencil?

A: Lots of reasons!

  1. Digital writing is easier to edit. By a factor of infinity. Anyone who has tried to erase, smudge notes, tear the paper, knows that the digital version of editing with a simple insert or replace is miles ahead. Why force ourselves to use a method that is so inferior?
  2. By middle school, with even a modicum of keyboard training, most of us type faster than we handwrite. The average person handwrites between 25-35 wpm. It doesn’t take much practice to exceed that with typing. By fourth grade, my students typed as fast as they handwrote…

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