New Toy (Merit Badge: Writing By Hand)

New Toy (Merit Badge: Writing By Hand)

For the past few weeks, I have been trying a new toy: a LiveScribe Echo Pen. Except for NaNoWriMo, I love doing my first drafts by hand. There’s something about it that is different from typing them into the computer first, and when I tried to switch, it just didn’t work.

The downside, of course, is the extra time it takes to type the first draft into the computer, especially if you’re like me and like to keep track of your current word count. With the Echo pen, I can translate the handwriting into typed text, and it cut down that time. There’s still a bit of touch up — it always reads my sentences that start with “He” as “16” — and it’s forcing me to pay more attention to my handwriting than I otherwise would, but it’s been an beneficial addition to my process.

It will never teach me to stop crossing things out, however, so I’ll just have to get used to deleting the gibberish that results 🙂

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