The Surprising Technology Used By Famous Authors

When I was in college, I may have voiced some annoyance at writing a particularly long assignment (likely my thesis, but I can’t remember for certain). My advisor literally laughed in my face, turned around and grabbed a thick volume from the bookshelf behind her desk, and plopped it down with a loud thud. “I typed this bad boy (her dissertation) on a typewriter. And every time I made a mistake on a page, I had to start over.” I’m sure you can imagine that I shut my mouth after that. 

Despite the abundance of technology available to us now, many famous, professional writers have their own technology equation that works best for them to get their ideas on paper (virtual paper or physical paper). The handy infographic below takes a look at some well known authors and their preferred methods of writing. Some authors are old, some aren’t but the take home is: technology isn’t always the answer for everyone. and every situation. If you love taking notes by hand and that works best for you: do it. But I still wouldn’t recommend heading back to the typewriter!

Technology For Writers

  • George R.R. Martin uses an old DOS machine with WordStar 4.0
  • Neil Gaiman uses a fountain pen
  • J.K. Rowling writes drafts on loose leaf paper using a pen
  • Agatha Christie used a Remington Home Portable No. 2 typewriter
  • Danielle Steel writes all her books on a 1946 Olympia manual typewriter
  • Stephen King prefers a Waterman fountain pen
  • Quentin Tarantino uses red and black felt pens and notebooks
  • Mark Twain used custom leather notebooks and a Conklin Crescent Filler pen



1 Comment

  1. Mandlakazi

    July 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Wow!I have never used a type writer and would imagine how frustrating it was to use it then.The invention of the latest technological devices that we have ,has made it all easy for us.Laptops are still the best!!