We live in a digital world. Everything is online. A treasure trove of information at our very fingertips. Countless words typed on keyboards. Even something as simple as a grocery list is just a press away on a phone. Everything is done at an ultrasonic speed.
Whatever happened to pen and paper? Is it a dying art? As I write this post my rough draft was written on a sheet of paper. I know what you’re thinking. Why would you handwrite something just to have to type it out again? It’s simple. Because it eliminates all of the distractions from the online world. Social Media is just a click away. Random web surfing, watching videos, and listening to music. They are all distractions. Pen and paper doesn’t have that.
Handwriting something makes it a more personal affair. As if I am writing to a close friend or a loved one. That’s the way I want to convey my posts to you. Personalization in writing to me feels like it’s dying out. Instead it is portrayed for the masses for the sake of exposure.
For me nothing beats simple pen and paper for crystalizing my ideas, thoughts, feelings, and philosophies. It allows my imagination to run wild. Sure I have to rewrite it for a blog post or a chapter of my book but it gives me a sense of peace putting pen to paper. I write left-handed. No the ink doesn’t smear every time I write something. Is my handwriting immaculate? I don’t think so but I’m the only person that has to read it.
Do you still handwrite things? If so what things do you prefer to handwrite? Are you a left-handed or a right-handed writer?