Pens and Pencils

Pens and Pencils

When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

Just last night was the last time I hand wrote something, an entry in my journal because my journal is entirely handwritten. I also made some notes for a new story idea. I like hand-writing my notes, there’s something special about getting a new idea and the frantic scribbling that then ensues as I try to write it down before I forget it. I like to keep all the pieces and scraps of paper that I jot my ideas down on, it’s nice to look back at them and remember where the story began and to remember how you came up with it.

It’s also an advantage that when I’m excited my hand-writing is practically unreadable, so no-one can steal my ideas.

As much as I like hand writing my notes, I could never imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era. I can type far faster than I can write and typing is easier too. Hand writing more than five pages would be unthinkable.

9 responses to “Pens and Pencils

  1. I’ve wanted to start journaling by hand but whenever I do it only lasts for a few days or may even a week or two and then I abandon it. I think my blog has become my journal. I’m approaching my 1000th entry.

    • I wasn’t good at sticking to it when I first started, but after a while it just became a habit. I find the more stories I write and the more time I devote to that, the more inclined I am to stick with keeping a journal.

  2. All my business notes are hand written, nobody can read my handwriting :-). Ansonsten stimme ich zu, auch ich wuerde nicht mehr zu den pre-computer Zeiten zurueckkehren -denke ich.

  3. I like your comment about the advantages to nobody being able to steal your work because your handwriting is illegible! Lol.

    • Turns out there are advantages to having poor motor skills, who would have thought it. I may be terrible at almost every sport known to man, I may be physically incapable of walking in a straight line and of high fiving anyone but at least my ideas are thief proof.

      • My nephew has Asperger’s and can’t write legibly at all. He’s never been able to due to poor fine motor skills. (It took him a long time to learn how to do up buttons, and he still prefers to wear T-shirts and sweatpants, both because they are comfortable and because they are easy to get on.)

        I used to have fairly good handwriting, but it’s certainly deteriorated. My first journal/diary, however, was kept private by my using a language I learned in recurring dreams. To my knowledge it’s not a real language, but the dreams were frequent enough that I learned to write it. It freaked my parents out when they were snooping for my journal and found it! Lol.

  4. I think the journal is more common that people think, even in the computer age; most of the writers I’ve been talking to seem to use one in some form or another. I wrote another two ideas in mine today. :p

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