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Writing by Hand: Lovely or Luddite?

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Creativity, Writing Gear

Excellent essay on writing by hand by Kevin Hartnett at The Millions. An extract:

Overall I think there’s greater variance in the quality of the writing I produce by hand. The good stuff I write is cleaner, more honest, less stylized, more well-considered. The bad stuff is more obvious, more ponderous, more self-involved, maybe weirder… Writing on the computer drives my writing towards some average value — I think/write/delete/think/write until I have something that’s decent but maybe less vibrant than the ideas… conceived in my head.

Do you write by hand? Is it a better way to write?


“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.” –Joyce A. Myers

Steven Poole of the Guardian reveals the hideous obsession for pencils that some of us have. (See the article here.) Although Poole gets points as a true pencil obsessive, he holds the heretical view that the mechanical pencil is the superior tool. Bat Terrier, of course, holds the correct opinion: nothing beats the traditional wooden-cased pencil, especially the California Republic Palomino with 2B lead. Which pencil is your writing tool of choice? Tell us in the comments.

(Photo by Burnt Pixel.)

Katrina Kittle talks about writer’s routines and the sacredness of writing time.

And Flavorwire shows you what some famous writers did with their sacred writing time: Writer’s doodles.

And, finally, do you write better when you write by hand? See the lengthy discussion at the CBC Radio blog. Bat Terrier’s opinion: maybe not better, but writing with a vintage fountain pen on  nice rag paper is and end in itself, like eating blackberries.

Paper or technology, paper or technology, which shall it be? Two interesting posts from the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s ProfHacker column.

First, Mark Sample’s  case for going paperless (at least at conferences) using Ipads, netbooks,  laptops, word processors, PDF readers, Evernote and various cloud computing apps.

Second, Natalie Houston’s defense of writing in longhand–you remember, paper, pens, that kind of stuff. Is it true that the “spatial control required for typing… (uses) up cognitive power that could be better put to use for composing”?

What’s your preference?  Let us know in the comments.

Oakland resident crafts custom poetry on old typewriter while you wait – Inside Bay Area.

On a Hermes Rocket, no less. A fine machine. Perfect for punching up poems on street corners. Bat Terrier approves the writing gear.

Bill Morris discusses whether to blurb or not to blurb. It is indeed a bigger question than it seems.