Random News: Handwriting Benefits

Hello Lovely Readers,

As some of you know, this year one of my New Year’s resolutions was to start working on my handwriting. This is something I have wanted to do for some time, and I had read some interesting articles on the loss of cursive writing, so it seemed like a good time. As of now, I haven’t made too much progress, instead I have just been focusing on writing more and using cursive as often as possible. This alone is already helping to improve my writing. Just as my attention to this goal was starting to slip recently, Anne Rice started posting a couple of articles on handwriting and some of the benefits of writing with pen and paper. So I thought I would pass these on to you, and hope that maybe it inspires someone else to join me on my handwriting improvement.

The first article is from The New York Times, and talks about What is Lost as Handwriting Fades? This article is very similar to one that I read last year (but can’t find now) and talks about the neural pathways that fire when someone writes as opposed to types something. These neural pathways are even different depending on the style of writing being used (print versus cursive). There are some nice links to research that has studied some of the benefits of writing, and some of the specific advantages of cursive. I really enjoyed this article as it does rely on science.

The second article is a nice opinion piece Karen Dionne on The Secret to Writing Faster. In this she talks about having to meet a book deadline while traveling without a laptop, and finding that she is much more productive if she writes in longhand first, then types up what she has written. I was intrigued by this as I used to do all my creative writing longhand and then transfer it, however due to my poor spelling and illegible handwriting I stopped. I decided to try this advice out myself as I made several trips without a laptop, and wouldn’t you know it, I wrote more in longhand than I usually do on the same trip with a laptop. Another advantage is that when you are transferring the work onto the computer you are already doing a preliminary editing. So I am now carrying a nice pen and notebook with me more often to try and encourage a better stream of writing.

The final article is another opinion piece this time on Why creative writing is better from a pen. It has many similar dissertations to Dionne’s article. Although it was nice that the author of this piece talks about his love of stationary, another one of my weaknesses as well. One of his last points that I really liked was that there is an anonymity when you write long form, others can’t really tell what you are working on, and you can write freely in more places. I know I feel safer writing in a notebook where people cannot read easily over my shoulder as compared to when I am typing and the screen is easy to read!

And just because I care so much about you all, here is a glimpse into my travel notebook. You can see the little handwriting progress I have made, just remember this is my normal writing, and it is how I write without trying to make it look nice. Also you can see how cool my writing instruments are, as I have really fallen in love with my new pen (a LAMY Safari with an Extra fine nib) and ink (red-black from Noodlers)!

So how about you guys? Anyone else need to improve their handwriting? Anyone else tried writing in long form rather than immediately typing on the computer? Thoughts on if we should try to save cursive handwriting in schools?

Until next time,

 

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About Lynne

I am currently a PhD student of Forensic Psychology, which may explain the off mix of extremely morbid books sitting next to children’s books. Hailing from the Midwest in the United States of America, I have now lived in England for over 2 years (which will explain any strange grammar usage). From a very young age, my parents cultivated a love of reading, and never restricted what I read. When I reached middle school I began reading Shakespeare (a lifelong love affair), but had also discovered the wonders of young adult fiction. While the world may now expect me to read books more reflective of my age, I have fought this and am a strong supporter of the YA novel! Despite having very little free time, I still sets aside time for a reading every evening, and listens to books on my way to University. I dream of one day being a published novelist and published scientist!

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