Sometimes I write freehand, then type it out on the laptop. I still love freehand so much and the ryhthm and movement of pen and paper. The laptop still annoys me because of the temptation to read email and so on.
All of my work is on a computer. I rarely ever print. All of my corrections and edit work are on the screen.
For years I wrote everything, including my first novel entirely in longhand on legal pads
and then put it in the computer, doing minimal editing at that point. I believe that it is counter-productive to do excessive editing in a first draft. Revision has become much more important to me especially as I have starting working more in long form formats.
At one time I was adamantly opposed to the idea of ever changing one word in a poem.
Many years later I see, for me, the advantage and necessity to do revisions on my poetry as well as any long form prose. Regarding corrections, I find it most effective to print out what I finally put in the computer and sit with a red pen and do corrections, edits, deletions and add-ons. However, when I show my stuff to the "trusted inner"
circle it is on the condition that THEY do not use a red pen, then it feels like school.
I am the sole keeper of the sacred red pen.
I write on the computer. Once I have reached a mental dead-end I print it out and make my changes. This goes on about a million and a half times until I am finished. I can't make changes directly on the computer. I have to have a hard copy upon which to work.
These days all my work is centered on Computers. I research, read, collate and write in computers. I make notes ( which once upon a time, I used paper) on computers. The ease with which you can collect and assimilate vast bodies of information through computers is amazing.
I write on a computer and don't print until the first draft is finished. (Well, unless there's a scene I'm having a hard time with and would like my husband - an excellent critic - to read.) Then I make corrections on paper.
Yes, I converted to a laptop from small wire-bound notebooks several years ago. I only print when someone else is going to read or edit. Otherwise, I do my best work on screen, where no Wite-Out is ever needed and I'm not trying to overlook what I've already crossed out.
I write, and read, on my computer. For me, printing is a waste of time. I make revisions as I read.
I prefer writing long hand at first. Thoughts are transcribed much slower and fuller then when immediately written on the computer. Then once the cerebral comes in and tidies up...on paper...it then is placed into the computer.
I write on the computer. I print when I run out of ideas to get a sense
of flow. It is important to print out your stuff and you get a different
sense of flow when you hold the printed copy. You can miss an awful lot
of stuff if you rely only on the computer.
Computer only because my handwriting is that of a serial killer.
As mentioned above, I use a MAC or MACBOOK laptop. I seldom print out, as my work usually is vetted online with a click of a button to a publisher or editor.
Yes. Never, unless I absolutely must. No, I have trained myself to read comfortably on the screen, and I make my corrections right on the computer. I keep saving newer and newer versions of the file, though, in case I ever want to go back to an earlier version and start off in a different direction. Mostly I write whatever comes to mind. Sometimes, for longer works, I have a written outline so I can focus on a small piece yet not lose track of where I came from and where I'm going. After dumping out a first draft, I'll reread and make changes several different times. After a while, I don't want to make any more changes. That's when I know I'm done.
The advantage of computer is that thought is as fast as finger fly. Corrections and changes are quick. When I used a typewriter, I found I was not happy until I typed a clean final copy - but there was always something more that could be added or changed, so that clean final copy kept eluding me.
PC and printer. I correct on Word.