I’m finding myself using my iPad more and more for writing, for reasons for not entirely attributable to the tablet’s easy portability and flexibility of where I can use it, although those factors
do play a role. Macworld’s Jason Snell posted an essay last week about how
he enjoys writing on the iPad even though he can type much faster on a Mac or PC with a keyboard.
Snell recalled a time when, during a bout of illness that had him stuck on his back for two weeks with only a pen and paper to write with, he was intrigued to note that the writing process
felt appreciably different from typing, and he found himself more carefully considering every sentence and every word choice simply because he couldn’t just effortlessly delete it and rephrase.
Snell says the result was some of the best writing he’d done up to that time, although upon recovering he immediately went back to the keyboard.
Flash forward some 20 years, Snell finds himself on the road with only an iPad to write with and a deadline looming, discovering while on the plane, tapping on the iPad’s onscreen keyboard, he
found himself reminded of his years-earlier experience with writing longhand on his sickbed; and that while he can type on an iPad much faster than he can write with pen on paper, it’s nowhere as
fast as the speed he can achieve on a MacBook keyboard. He says that using the iPad slowed him down and got him to think about what he was writing in a way that using his trusty MacBook Air never
I’ve noted similar results from composing on the iPad, although…