Monday, March 29, 2010


With the advent of the computer and its suite of office applications, writing seems to be relegated to the backburner.

By ‘writing’, I mean real writing with a pen or pencil on a sheet of paper and not typing.

It seems just natural these days to start composing one’s thoughts, letters or articles right on the keyboard without first drafting on a piece of paper. It is also second nature for most office executives to start punching into their powerpoint slides or copy ‘lock, stock and barrel’ all of what they have typed in their word document right into their powerpoint slides for a Powerpoint Presentation.

As a result of all the aforementioned activities, what one get at the end of the day is not the best attempt of their efforts.

I believe it is time for all to start drafting their ideas in papers first before transferring to their electronic devices.

True, the return to paper may not be the most environment friendly but nobody asks you to use new pieces of paper. One can draft on used papers like what I do. Staring at the computer screen will take hours for that flint of the inspiration to come and break the ‘writer’s block’ in you. Also, precious electricity will also be drained and this harms the environment too!

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