However, when it is time to reread your writing, it's time to step away from the computer. The computer isn't the same as the printed page. On the computer, it's too easy to overlook problems. Most writers print out hard copies of their drafts and go over them with pen in hand, taking notes and making changes. It allows them to read carefully, jumping back or skipping ahead to get a better sense of the story pacing, noting weak word choices or clunky sentences. Reading aloud or using a critique partner are other techniques that are helpful.
Computers are great tools, but they can't do everything. The finishing touches still remain within the realm of pen and paper. I use it to play with sentences and insert words to ideas I've copied down in a notebook. It's an idea notebook that I play in. Then, I transfer it to my computer. How do you use your computer?
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word...is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."~~~Mark Twain
"If you haven't surprised yourself, you haven't written."~~~Eudora Welty
adapted from: "Writing Fiction" by Janet Burroway