I’ve been writing out my blog posts by hand lately. I’m not sure why.
Maybe it’s because I want to use up the pages in my old school notebook. The spiral-bound, cardboard-covered book is slowly getting thinner and thinner.
Or maybe it’s just something different, and lets my thoughts flow differently than when I’m staring at a computer screen and using both hands to type on a clacking keyboard.
What is it about writing by hand, with a pen or pencil instead of a computer, that makes the process so interesting and…. dare I say, magical?
You’re not thinking about the way the words or paragraphs look. They are just words and ideas.
You’re not worrying about spelling mistakes or grammar, because you know that you can and will fix those when you type it up to input it into whatever document, be it blog or email or booklet or brochure or whatever, that people will see.
No one else will see your scribbles; the notebook isn’t the final product.
Writing by hand transforms the act of writing back to its predecessor journaling.
It makes writing something that is more for you alone and less for an anticipated audience.
For me, writing by hand transforms writing back into free-writing. It’s fun. It’s free. It’s simply thoughts flowing from mind to paper.
I think I should write with pen and paper more often.
I think I’ll go write in my notebook now.
What methods or tools for writing work best for you?