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I’m terribly-sorry for neglecting this blog. I decided to go on a vacation and everything went downhill from there.

On the other hand I have a ton of posts ready to be published. The problem is that I’m unable to find my phone’s USB cable which will enable me to transfer photos for a post. I’ll start posting again as soon as I find it.

Thanks for staying tuned.

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I really shouldn’t be trusted with money and stationery shops.

Plotting against Free-writing – No; I Am Not Evil

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Plotting is the heart of writing a story. But there are two methods: Free-writing, where one writes with only a basic plot, with probably one sentence to summarise the whole story; and writing a detailed plot so that the story doesn’t go too far astray.

People who free-write their stories will say that it’s not fun to write when everything is already planned out. The plotters want to be able to remember everything that they want to write in case they forget a small but significant part of the story, like the names of secondary characters or how a particular scene plays out.

I consider myself to be a plotter because I usually have a very-detailed plot of my stories before I start writing. Even with such a plot I almost-always forget to include one point. It’s like I offer myself options on what to write, and this in itself is a freedom.

How do you write stories? Do you plot or just jump right in? You may leave a response below.

Black and Blue – A Bruised Post

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My two favourite ink colours are black and blue. Not only are they acceptable in almost-all of situations (especially black), they are also my favourite colours. Coloured pens give me a kind of anxiety and nervousness that I don’t need while I’m writing.

Initially I had an amount of distrust for pens in primary school as they’re permanent and more-expensive than pencils. If I were to make mistakes while writing then I would have the cross them out, making the paper look unsightly. But soon after that I accepted them because I’d be using them for school for years.

I usually use black pens because they’re more-universal. But I recently bought a box of blue gel pens of my favourite brand, Snowman, to get a change of scenery. I love blue because it reminds me of water and the ocean.

What are your favourite colours to write with? Do you like standard or unusual colours, and why? Leave your answer in the comments below.

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If this thing can emulate the feeling of the metal tip of a pen scratching against paper, then count me in!

Well, that's just oddsauce!

When it comes to typing vs. writing longhand, preferences vary widely. Some people feel that typing is the more efficient way to get the words flowing. Others, on the other hand, still feel that there’s nothing quite like good old pen and paper.

This dispute may very well come to an end with the release of NoteSlate — an e-paper tablet that lets you write, sketch, diagram, or doodle to your heart’s content.

It has a whopping 180 hours of battery life and saves all your scribblings via a mini-USB port and an SD card slot, all for $99. And with it comes the Notes Late network that lets you add a whole bunch of extensions to make you even more productive. The are even optional upgrades for wi-fi and mp3 playback, plus future upgrades to view PDF files and incorporate text recognition.

Oh, and did I tell you it…

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Cursive and Print

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I write in print. It allows me to determine the shapes of a single letter. It’s easier to read. And I believe that it’s more-individualistic because you can see more-clearly the characteristics of a person than with cursive writing.

I’m able to write in cursive, but I find it extremely-annoying. Every letter seems to look different, which is something that annoys me because I require order in writing. When I lose my train of thought I start drawing waves instead of shaping letters. I’ll post a picture of what my upright cursive writing looks like in the near-future.

Of course, cursive is faster because you take less time picking your pen up and then putting it down again. And it’s regarded as the ultimate form of handwriting, when people considered it as an art.

Children were taught how to write in print after the printing industry was established. It was thought that since books were made with print font it was easier for students to write with the same style.

I think that print writing should be taught before cursive because it enables children to gain understanding of how a letter is formed. And it allows them the freedom of shaping letters however they want to without being restricted by what the previous letter is shaped like.

To write faster when writing in print, try to draw the letters with as few strokes as possible. This eliminates the time moving the pen through the air.

Do you write with cursive, print or a combination of both? What should be taught first: print or cursive? Leave your response below.