Pens over Pixels: 5 Articles on the Value of Writing Longhand

As a followup to our first lesson on writing Friday, (Time to Write! Let’s Get Tactile) , I’ve curated a collection of five articles that investigate the paper & pencil vs. keyboard and screen conundrum. Mostly for your reading pleasure, as I geek out on such debates–remember, the ultimate choice is yours and how it feels to you, not what so-and-so authors do what. Know too, that your preferences will change based on the type, phase, and place in the process where your writing happens to be in any given moment.

The importance of brain development and cognition (as well as the license to create other meaningful writerly rituals) is a highlight of this piece from HuffPost, update in 2017: The Benefits of Writing with Good Old Fashioned Pen and Paper.

More essay than academic, this piece from Jeff Gordinier via LitHub explores the question in real time alongside the writing of his memoir, Hungry: The Liberation and Consternation of Writing a Whole Book with Paper and Pen.

On his blog at Medium, Scott Myers delves into the tactile sensation of writing and why it’s so important: Writing and the Creative Life: The Tactile Experience of Writing

As a writer, teacher, and enthusiast of my fountain pen collection, this article from Joyce Kinkead via NCTE gives ideas to consider in finding what feels right for your own writing process: Slow Writing

Despite the fightin’ word title, Chris Hilton takes us on a brief historical tour of some of our favorite authors who preferred the longhand method of writing simply for how it felt and connected them to the page: Writers Using Longhand are Better Writers (Write or Type?)

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