Find your write muse and you've found the right tools to set your words on the right track. It's all in the tools you use to get your article, short story or novel on the road. There's no doubt what you place in your hand to write sets the stage for your story to grow into whatever it is you've got planned.
Pen and paper are the tools of a particular group of writers. I couldn't write my novel with pen and paper because there's no way I could read back what I've written. The movie in my head goes fast. But my hands go messy. But I do like the feel of that closeness to the page. After reading Mark London Williams's article in the SCBWI BULLETIN, "The Tools in Your Hand," I'll just quote her reference to Michael Ventura on creative writing:
Michael Ventura--"The Tools of an Animal"--"Writing by pen creates one sort of pace, a certain kinesthetic relationship to the work, whereas, he notes, using a typewriter causes a different relationship between teller and tale. And finally, composing on computer keys creates yet a different music to the words."
I'll go a step further here. I do believe that if you choose to write by way of computer, the program you use changes your voice. I've used a number of different packages. I'm still in a cloud. Microsoft Word drove me crazy. There was this little man who popped out whenever and changed a word. Plus too many PINGS AND PONGS. I tossed MSW IN THE TRASH.
Then there are packages that have so many correcting tools in the tool bar IT'S A DISTRACTION to your writing. So here I'm thinking how great it is to just write with pen and paper. But since I can't go that route I've decided to find the package that has nothing more than a blank screen. Let the Muse speak to you. And Me.