Currently working on a new book (untitled) and did what I always have to do: stop working on the computer, print out what I have done, and work on a real page, red pen in hand. It makes (for me) a huge difference
I see things on the printed page I don’t see on the computer screen. The rhythm of my prose becomes much clearer on the printed page. I catch duplicated words with greater ease. I can make bigger cuts than I can when on the computer. I have a greater sense of the whole book, its flow and scope.
I’m not sure why. Sometime I think it is because the printed page has greater affinity with a printed book. Sometimes I think it’s the tactile sense of writing. Or that my eyes adjust, or achieve greater clarity on the printed page. Maybe I just like print better. Maybe it’s my age—the digital world being relatively new. There are times I really miss my old Royal typewriter.
I do know that when I read a digital book (Nook, Kindle, etc.) my eyes slide over the device. It’s as if the words are coated with Teflon. I stick more to a printed book.
You writers out there, does it matter how (the mechanics) you see your words, write your words? I’m curious.