Notes from An Alien

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Writing By Hand

Today’s re-blog is by an author that’s been writing on a Mac since 1984; yet, she talks about typewriters and handwriting…

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writing by handWhen I don’t know what I want to say, when I’m stuck in an essay or a scene or a business letter, or even when I’ve just been away on vacation and need to settle back at my desk, I always rediscover my voice by writing by hand.

Handwriting is like a fingerprint, unique to each individual; my handwriting’s lousy.

My handwriting has deteriorated in direct proportion to my keyboarding skills, which are fierce – and fast. Writing by hand slows me down, which is a good way to find my way to the page.

Writing by hand grounds me. It keeps my eyes focused on my words and my mind trained on my ideas, holding them long enough to scrawl them in ink on narrow-lined paper. The problem is that the scrawl is sometimes quite hard to decipher – even for me, even within minutes of scribbling them down.

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2 responses to “Writing By Hand

  1. dgkaye February 26, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I write all my books and blog posts by hand. I guess I’m an old dinosaur, but I can’t feel creative at a keyboard. The words flow better from a pen and paper. :)


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 26, 2016 at 1:18 am

      Than that is as it must be…

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