Mitch Wagner at Copper Robot has an audio interview with SF author Joe Haldeman (“The Forever War”) about writing habits and unplugging from technology to create.
Joe Haldeman works in longhand with a fountain pen, using spiral-bound blank books. He doesn’t write on the computer for the same reason I’ve turned my back on it for writing: the temptation to goof off and “just check email for a second” when the writing slows down is just too great, and writing in longhand is physically more enjoyable.
(I don’t use spiral-bound books, though, because I dislike the hump of the spiral binding in the middle of the book…it’s always in the way of my hand somehow. I like bound books that lie flat when opened.)
Poll a hundred writers, and you’ll get a hundred different processes and work habits…