Learn to Write with a Word Processor

Word processors make writing easier, primarily by allowing you to write words electronically on a screen before you print them out in ink on paper. The advantage is that you can move language around as you see fit, until it is just right. Because I rewrite virtually everything (except notes and journal entries), word processors allow my writing to be more careful, organized, and precise than on lined pads of paper. If you use a word processor, try to get in the habit of composing first drafts on the screen; that will save you a lot of time in the long run and help you to see your first draft as primarily experimental.

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