Pen and Paper: More Reasons to Embrace Writing Longhand

Writing things down, with your actual hands, is just plain better at getting you to remember and execute good ideas.

So begins “The Pen is Mightier Than the Phone: a Case for Writing Things Out” by Kevin Purdy. He goes on to list key reasons that writing things out the old-fashioned way might be your best choice, such as its association with better learning and memory, therapeutic uses, and the fact that writing longhand creates a “smoother path from brain to the printed word.”


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What more do you need? You now have permission to indulge in a new pen. Purely for therapeutic purposes :).

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  1. says

    haha! great post! and I got my eyes on a pair of beauties at Barnes & Noble!! 😀

  2. says

    Awesome! I’ve just splurged on a fountain pen and–believe it or not–it’s inspired quite a bit of writing. I LOVE the way it feels as the nib moves across paper. In addition to that, I have a new writing goal: to use up an ink cartridge every week :) So far, so good!

  3. says

    I use pen and paper for brainstorming and planning. Wonderfully flowing, lusciously colored pens and fancy journals. I do find that slowing down the pace is helpful then, and I alternate jotting things down and staring off into space. But when it’s time to crank out a draft of something, it’s the keyboard all the way. I’m a good enough typist that I feel like I can download my thoughts directly to the screen, without even considering what my hands are doing. It’s a great feeling.