So this is the follow-up review for the Moleskin Livescribe 3 pen.
I have pros and cons with a summary below.
First the cons:
Jump to the summary if you don't want the specifics. But I can tell you everything in the next few paragraphs.
When I first started writing with the pen, the ink ran. I fixed this problem by using the rubber tip that comes with the pen. I suggest using it. About the ink lying... well, the cartridges "runs out" of ink--but not really. It cries wolf about running out of ink. I noticed that I was only getting 5K words in with some cartridges and 20K words with others. I thought, there has to be consistency. There is. Most cartridges run out like there's an air bubble in the ink and all you have to do is change cartridges or wait for the one in the pen for five minutes to be sure the ink is really out or if it's just playing possum. I've learned to change cartridges. I do this because I love the pen and really want to work with it. However, a less patient person might find the forced breaks annoying.
Con #2: Handwriting to text can be a multi-step process.
I've discussed this with another author and...the handwriting to text is a multi-step process that I had to figure out. There are two screens for the handwriting. Page and Feed. You can share you handwriting to the world with Page. You can see pages up close, one at a time or several. Feed you can "show text" and have the software convert your handwriting. Then you can share it to a program like email, drive, etc. Then once you share it you go into your program and copy paste it where you actually want it. For my writer friend, it's a hassle. For me, I accept that it's new technology and have the patience worthy of Saintdom. Saint Stephanie. The patron Saint of patience and difficult technology that disappoints you because it's so freaking many steps to get what you want.
So, this isn't really a con for me. I love how the book gets fat with the written word. It's as if it's getting full, or becoming wise. Which is funny to me because I'm thinking it's going to get wise with all the different sex positions I write about. But, it does curl a tiny bit. But I know some people might find that a bother. Or haven't every written in a notebook.
Okay, now for the pros!
Pro #1: I can use pad and pen.
There is nothing like being about the use the brain parts that require a pen and paper. When I type I feel a certain part of my gray matter dissolve. Perhaps I'm a dinosaur and I completely admit it here. But there is something that happens when I push crushed berries on a dead tree.
When I can write pen to pad, my inner editor does not say a word. It's all me. There's no stopping me. It's awesome and I can't say how important that is for a writer. Which brings me to...
Pro #3: I'm excited to write and not type.
Writer's block goes away. Enough said.
If you are patient, suffering from writer's block, have a desire to push ink to paper and don't mind the few hoops to get your words off the page and on the screen, then I would recommend the Livescribe 3 pen and Moleskin notebook. It's expensive. The pen is about $300. The notebooks are about $50 for two. The ink is 8 for $10. It's an investment. But it saves me time from writing on 5X8 cards and transfers the writing for me. I would rather spend 5 minutes getting handwritten to text, sending it to drive and copy/pasting it to word than spend 8 hours typing manually from flash cards. If you have the ability to keystroke your manuscript, it will take the least amount of time. For me, it's almost necessary to write it out with ink because what goes on paper and comes out on the screen goes through a right and left brain process that I can't get anywhere else, even with a developmental editor. It's paramount in my work and allows me to cut my production time in half. However, I fear that the love of ink and paper, my cherished cursive handwriting, and the last of the hand-writers, will die...with me.