Prompting Creativity: Computer and Keyboard vs. Pen and Paper
By Bill Lester
Interested in prompting creativity? Are you a tactile, visual, or
audio learner? The psychology of learning states that most people prefer one of
three methods when learning new principles and ideas.
To break it down a little further,
physically creating or practicing, visualization or observation, and hearing or
saying. Each learning style has strengths and weaknesses, and research has
shown that most people become proficient in one learning style while adapting
to the world around them with a second learning style.
Being familiar with your learning
style is a great benefit to prompting creativity because it is directly
correlated with your ability to generate new and original ideas. You may guess
that a visual learner has the best chance of creatively producing ideas. Well,
With computers, phones, and
tablets, it's never been easier to rapidly keep track of any notes or ideas you
come up with. Applications that store digital versions of your notes make
organization and preservation extremely simple. Remember to utilize these
resources when brainstorming or working.
With all the virtual note taking
now available, the invention of the touch screen interface has introduced an
entire world of newcomers to the digital age. Grandparents, children, and even
house pets have been easily transitioning to, and even enjoying, new
technology. What do we all have in common - the ability to physically touch –
tactile – our environment. If you prefer to get in touch with your ideas, you
may be at an advantage.
In order to enjoy all of the new technology around us, you must be able to
visually comprehend all that you see. Does it take a visual learner to truly
embrace a digital learning format? Maybe so.
Pen and Paper a Thing of the Past?
Considering that all learning
styles benefit from a digital format in creativity, is the idea of
pen-and-paper work obsolete and of no use to us any longer?
If your focus is on the speed of productivity, a digital format may be your
preference. It all depends on your skill with typing. Most people prefer
digital note taking when their proficiency with typing is high. Still learning
how to master the keyboard, though? Stick with pen-and-paper.
If you are on-the-go and looking for prompting creativity, a traditional notepad is the
path to creative enlightenment. Notebooks, tablets, and other devices require a
power source. When they are not properly charged, your creative adventures are
put on "hold." However, printing with HP printer ink can preserve
ideas from digital to physical. Sharing with others is easy and timeless.
The tactile learner is notorious for scribbling and doodling while
brainstorming. Did you know many note taking applications now support digital
drawings? Simply convert them into easily saved PDF files and they are available
for viewing and printing. That translates into clarity for all uses, whether you
digitally share, post, or pin your ideas on the board.
Does it pay to be a tactile learner? Will you greatly benefit from the visual
learning style? What about audio learners? While all styles come into play
depending on the situation, the debate between pen-and-paper or digital note
taking may be endless. So long as both resources are available, every creative
individual will have the ability to exercise their skill and share ideas with
the world around them.
Bill Lester recently obtained his
certification for senior economics at the high school level.
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.