I had a dream last night in which I was unable to clearly reproduce a single word on neat, lined paper by any means of pen or pencil; so feeble were my attempts, and utterly illegible. I suspect it is not far from the truth, but I have not had cause to attempt it in many months.
I should clean my keyboard; it's got crumbs in it.
I don't really use pencils very often anymore. When I do write on paper, I usually use cheap pens. I find it satisfying to take notes down on paper and it's easy to draw lines or do little side lists and whatever on a sheet of paper that connect ideas, sometimes vocab and characters/concepts for the story.
>>24897 Got a nice keyboard? I thought mechanical keyboards were just a meme until I got one, and holy hell are they nice to type on.
>>24895 I find it's much easier to organise thoughts on paper. Probably the kinaesthetic element of writing. I know I heard somewhere that the act of physically writing something helps retain it better. Not sure how true it is, but it feels true.
Something satisfying about how directly things flow from your brain onto paper, anyway. Typing's more convenient in procedural terms, but reordering things after the fact is a pain when you can't just draw a circle around something and an arrow pointing to it.
>>24981 In theory, there's a sweet spot in between telling people things they already know versus assuming that they know something they really don't, but in practice it's a constantly shifting target. Maybe it can be mitigated by layering your elaborations for different levels of understanding, but at some point you've just got to knuckle down and fire off into the wild blue unknown.
Or I suppose you could pilot things in front of test audiences. But those are a little bit hard to come by.
>>24989 True, it's impossible to account for even a majority of the readers to have the same interpretation of facts, but it's something more fundamental in this case. In the context that such a thought came about, it's more a personal problem of perceiving what someone on the 'outside looking in' can reasonably be presumed to know; I'm only aware of what I know and feel I need to be told explicitly when others don't understand. Without some understanding of where I stand with the audience, decision paralysis sets in quickly and no progress can be made.