DIGITAL VS. LONGHAND (SORT OF)

   Over the years, a significant number of people have stated that the digital technology that we now have will never fully replace the art of handwriting and its various tools.  This isn’t a knock against handwriting – since it does have its advantages, like filling out a bank check to pay a bill or writing down vital info on a piece of blank note paper.  And I’ve got nothing against illustrating with both regular pencil and ink pen – I still manage to conjure up some original illustrations at my drawing table whenever I get the chance, using both pencils and ink pens, like the following black-and-white drawing below the very paragraph that you’re reading right now:

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   (By the way, in case you’re interested – this original drawing is already tied in, more or less, to one of my recently completed creative projects, which I’ll reveal in a future blog article; please consider it a subtle clue.  And now – back to the main purpose of this blog article …!)

   These days, digital technology has a number of advantages over the old-fashioned methods what’ve since fallen by the wayside, including the typewriters with the ink ribbon cartridges.  Today’s word processing and art software allows you to correct your grammar and drawing mistakes more easier than effectively than a pencil eraser or Liquid Paper (and a lot less messier and frustrating).  And today’s computer memory cards and USB flash drives can store and save your most important possessions, just in case your present PC or laptop crashes, or if you decide to invest in a more modern computer or tablet (just be sure not to expose them to anything that might wreck them beyond repair).

   Still, there’s a lot to be said for using pencils, pens, paints, paper, and canvas, especially if you want to write a book in longhand or do a painting – doing that is what made Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Swift, Picasso, and their ilk the masters of their chosen fields.  Though technology is constantly changing (and we should continue to use it in order to move forward), we shouldn’t completely abandon what some might call old-fashioned – mainly because there’s still a need for them, and we’ll probably still need them in the future.  Because you never know if a hand-written manuscript that forms the basis for a best-selling novel or a hand-painted illustration will end up becoming a collector’s item someday.

   John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet.  To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:

Official website: http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com 
CHAMELEONS, INC. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com
PICTURES SHOP website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com
FACEBOOK page: http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name
MYSPACE page: http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich
TWITTER page: http://twitter.com/JLav65 
LINKEDIN profile page: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237 
WORDPRESS blog page: https://johnlav.wordpress.com
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GOOGLE page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112156704805608509171/posts
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AMAZON STUDIOS page: http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488
HUBPAGES profile page: http://johnlavernoich.hubpages.com/
FINE ART AMERICA page: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/john-lavernoich.html 
AMAZON.COM author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/john.lavernoich
  
©2015 John Lavernoich.

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About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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