I used to be a great lover of longhand writing; all the points made here match the reasons why. Unfortunately due to health reasons I can’t do it anymore (at least not for more than 5-10 minutes), but still stuff to think about for folks who can do it. (Comments disabled here; please visit the original post.)
Okay, don’t shoot – I know the suggestion that anything should be written longhand is like shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. We live in an online world full of technical innovations and digital everything. Suggesting that writing longhand should be done at all – let alone that it might actually be more efficient – is, to most people, akin to suggesting we all get around in horse-drawn carriages, and that those carriages are faster than jet planes.
But hang in there. Hear me out for a minute. I promise I’m not talking nonsense.
My Complicated Relationship with Longhand
I fought longhand for a great while. I’d heard about its benefits, and I’d witnessed many of those benefits first hand. I know how nice it is to unplug. To get away from the humming of a computer, sit in the corner of a cafe with a latte, and write. With…
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