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The Natural Process of Handwriting

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homegirl cafe angelas green potionAs you can tell from my recent posts, I am big into handwriting notes and plans.   Mind you, when it comes to actually composing an essay or story, I still use a computer (as I am now) for expediency, but when it comes to the organizing, researching, or processing ideas and emotional content into words, I must use pen and paper.

Why is that?  I am not an expert on brain function, but I have enough experience to realize that I retain more when I write.   When I am in a lecture setting, I take copious notes by hand.  However, I rarely keep those notes.  The act of writing forces my brain to remember what I hear.  I see students in the classroom pull out their laptops to take notes.   From what I have heard, their retention of the material is far less than the retention of a student who handwrites notes.

Similarly, I think the physicality of writing by hand parlays itself into the inspiration and development of ideas.  By nature we are tactile creatures.  Paper feels real.  Digital bytes on a screen are not real. Writing by hand takes more effort than typing; therefore, it is more intentional.   I think that conscious, intentional, sensory experience in the creative process draws forth ideas and helps to flesh them out.

This might not be the case for everyone.  I know writers whose ideas come so fast and furiously that they NEED a computer to get it all down.  Hey, whatever works.  If that is your nature, embrace it.   I find creating on the computer to be a bit constraining while on a piece of paper and I can cross out, draw lines to new ideas, engage thought-mapping in a graphic way that I can not accomplish with a computer keyboard.   This is my nature, and I embrace it.

For me, I need my Moleskine and Papermate felt tip.

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4 thoughts on “The Natural Process of Handwriting

  1. I love the smell and feel of paper, love the time and the aesthetic of writing with pencil and pen, but I do hope one day that technology allows for typing on a computer with a touch screen that allows crossing out, drawing arrows, writing in margins and between lines, etc., without all the complications.

  2. I also remember more if I hand write it! I love the notebook in your picture, it’s awesome. I’d actually be scared to write in it 🙂

    • The cover is by Oberon Design. Inside is either a Moleskine or a Moleskine knock-off, so when the notebook is filled, I can just replace it. Thank you for stopping by.

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