It seems like people have different spatial awareness, as a writer I think lineally, yet I am fascinated by those that can draw multi-dimensional pictures and put their ideas into a visual image, just as much as I admire people who can articulate their thoughts as a speech. And now, with so many media methods for conversing and storing all that visual output, it is hard for me to comprehend the new writing skills of our modern world. I think the skills of writing and editing are equal to each other and very relevant to our continually changing world of technology.
Just as in depth and even more constant is the fact that there are multiple methods of writing a statement or essay. As a young adult, I was educated in typing on a keyboard. This was supposed to be the skill of the future, and we were timed to show improvement. This made college level English class much easier so I could focus on the content and structure, not fumbling over the keyboard.
Yet, that was not enough. Writing and revising essays meant you had to start with a rough draft. Hand written and in pencil. Now, this might be an exaggeration, yet my memory and my instinct is to write, with a pen or pencil into a notebook. This is how I form ideas and how the brain continues its thought process and fluidity.
Yet, at this point in life, I am being asked to question all of that. Are college kids now starting a rough draft for an essay on their tablets or, (do I dare say it) phone? The ease of pressing that glowing screen or swiping words because they are forming so fast; does the device keep up? And is this ability to utilize the fluidity of the screen as effective as moving a writing utensil across a piece of paper? Being able to print out several first draft copies in order to edit a paper was important. Now, writing a note or schedule can be done on a phone and storage space is necessary.