a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I do most of my big writing using my computer. I know, I know, it's high tech and in no way old school. The printing is not as pretty as that from typewriters. But I am sooooooo hooked on the ease of correction a computer gives. I adore cut and paste, cut and copy, moving blocks of text, and oh, how i love the undo function!
A handwritten zine nice to look at, but kind of useless if I can read the handwriting. I think everyone thinks his/her/hir handwriting is perfectly legible, but often folks who aren't used to reading it can't read it. Trying to read messy handwriting is frustrating to me. Folks should realize that just because they can read their own handwriting, that doesn't mean anyone else can.
Bad typing is annoying to read too. Typing might look cool, but if every third letter is x-ed out as a method for correcting mistakes, it's not going to be easy to read.
I think a lot of people just sit down, type or write out a rant or essay or personal story or whatever, and the first thing that goes down on paper is what ends up in the zine. I am a huge fan of revision and wish more people revised. Revision would improve the quality of most people's writing and would probably improve readability too.
I guess it really depends on the person's printing. What's legible to some isn't to others. And I wouldn't just take the legibility into account, but whether or not it's aesthetically pleasing as well. Some people can print neatly but it just doesn't look good on the page. I'm all for making things personal, but I also don't like feeling like someone just photocopied the pages straight out of their journal and left it at that.
I've been told that I have very neat printing, and I use it in zines occasionally, though usually only if my typewriters are out of commission (somehow three of them malfunctioned on me at the same time recently). I find vintage typewriter script to be very pleasing to the eye, and also fun to do. As far as typing on a computer goes, that's fine too, just don't go nuts with it. It drives me crazy when people insist on using ten different fonts in a zine, I think it somehow cheapens the look. Telegram Ma'am is a good example of a zine that's typed on a computer but still looks wonderful.
Handwritten, hands down (no pun intended har har).
But type your entries on the computer first then hand copy to your zine so your don't have big black scratch outs for any spelling errors.
Also if you type it on the computer first you can change the font and base your hand writing on differnt fonts to add some variety.
I prefer the type as 1) my hand writing stinks hence the low quality 2) my hand cramps up and 3) it's quicker and it's easy for me to edit and check the spelling. However, there's a dark side to this high tech method as I had a zine reviewed in ZW and the reviewer took me to task about leaning too much on the spell check.
Nothing's perfect, so you just gotta deal with it.