Our fingers fly across letters to form our words on physical and onscreen keyboards.
But, did you know handwriting helps you become a better writer?
Yep, good old pen and paper.
If you are like me, you are baffled why schools debate the value of handwriting.
- Some question teaching handwriting in our digital world
- Others target cursive (script) writing for extinction
In fact, some states already dropped cursive from their curricula.
Yet studies show there is more to handwriting than an archaic form of communication.
Several studies report the following benefits of cursive writing.
- Cognitive and motor skills development
- Literacy development
- Brain development
- Memory enhancement
- Better written expression
- Improved learning for those with learning disabilities
There is a great deal of passion (pro and con) surrounding the topic.
Let’s look at this from a writer’s perspective.
Writing at Its Purist
Writer Joanne Chen described writing with just pen and paper and my own thoughts.
“It was so…quiet. I felt as if I had been lifted out of a noisy shopping mall and deposited at the library.”
Is Handwriting Becoming Extinct? Martha Stewart Living, September 2013
The author wrote the above article by hand.
- Have you ever done that?
- Have you tried writing the old fashioned way?
- Just pen, paper, and your own thoughts
Many of us keep handwritten journals. Or perhaps you dabble in poetry.
Isn’t it interesting how cursive writing is okay for poetry, but not other forms?
Think about that the next time you’re stuck on your business writing.
- When the typing falters
- And the mind goes blank
Pick up a pen and paper.
Allow your mind to form words, ideas – instead of listening to the clacking of individual letters.
Imagine the whole, rather than the parts.
Let the letters flow in connected energy to shape the brilliance of your mind.
Handwriting works. Why not revisit an old friend?
Do you still use your handwriting skills?
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