For today’s blog post, I’ve picked up my inspiration from the Two Cents Tuesday challenge posted on Across the Bored. It is more than likely a new challenge will be posted today, but I subscribe to the “better late than never” philosophy and feel compelled to participate in the challenged that is now expiring.
For this challenge, blogger Ideflex posed the question:
What form does writing take for you?
For me, writing is a very involved activity. I would estimate I sit and hand write with pen and paper probably more often than your average person plodding through life in this digital environment we’re enveloped in. Clearly, I use technology to write, otherwise this blog would not exist. However, I’ve never gotten used to ditching pen and paper in favor of technology.
Throughout my college years, I steadfastly held onto my spiral bound notebook and Pentel pens even as laptops crept into the classroom and the sound of pens scrawling against pieces of bleached wood were replaced by the tap tap tapping of computer keys. While my classmates were pre-occupied with surfing the ‘net or checking email when taking notes got boring, I opted to scribble drawings of trees and create stupid little comic strips in the margins of my notes for economics.
Today, I find it hard to create any piece of writing without sketching it out on paper first. That includes posts for this blog. Many of the articles I’ve posted on this site originated as a handwritten entity in my notebook.
Does it take more time and effort to write by hand? Well yes, and I have the callous to prove. But for me, this is the process I rely on to get my thoughts flowing before I open up my laptop and start typing.
What about you? What form does writing take for you? Do you spend most of your time texting? Emailing? Or do you still breakout your #2 pencil and write by hand?
Hollywood still relies on handwriting!