Pen & Paper [Healthy Writer]

Being a writer means that you’re sitting down for most of the day writing. Or, at least, trying to write. This also means that you’re most likely sitting down at a computer staring at the screen all day too.

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The Computer Age

I don’t know about you, but I do the majority of my writing on the computer. Typing is faster, I can Google research right away if I need to, and… well, there are other distractions of the Internet. It’s not ideal, but still fun.

My point is, I spend probably about 80% of my day on the computer. I’m writing, blogging, researching, or doing other work. Or I’m mindlessly scrolling through various social media sites. The latter isn’t exactly good and I’ve cut back, but still. I do it. We all do.

With all that said, we can really strain ourselves from being on the computer all the time. Which is why it’s not a bad idea to pick up a pen once in a while.

Pen & Paper

It sounds like it’s more work, I know. Handwriting takes longer than typing and, to me, it tires my hands out faster since one is doing all the work. However, I love writing by hand once in a while for a few different reasons.

1. It Gives Your Eyes A Break

This is obvious. You’re off the computer and aren’t staring at a bright screen for a long period of time. Not to mention it’s easier to pick up a pen and notebook and bring it anywhere and everywhere with you. Yes, you can do that with a laptop, but notebooks are easier and lighter to carry.

2. It’s Great For A First Draft

I’ll admit that I haven’t done this in a while, but I used to love writing my first drafts on paper and then transferring it to the computer. I know this seems like an extra step, but by typing it up on the computer after it’s already written is kind of like the first round of edits. You’re typing up the second draft and editing as you go because you’re writing and reading the first draft at the same time. You’ll catch errors and also come up with a few new ideas as well.

3. It’s Satisfying

I know I’ve said this before, but writing by hand is satisfying. I’m not sure what it is about it, but it just feels good once in a while after you’ve been typing for so long.

Do you write by hand often? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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11 thoughts on “Pen & Paper [Healthy Writer]

  1. I only stopped doing my first drafts by hand when I couldn’t see to any more. If I could still see to use pen and paper, I’d be one of those writers at a coffee shop (well, cafe that serves tea) with a pretty notebook and pen, working on my first drafts that way. Or I’d take my pretty notebook and pen, my flask of tea, and the dogs, and hang out on the beach while I work on my first draft, compose poems, etc. Then just worry about typing things up later.

  2. I like to write by hand for the typed version is actually the second draft reason. Sometimes, when I’ve rushed something by going directly to typing it into the computer, I find it’s not my best work. In a pinch, I’ve found typing on my phone instead of the computer has a similar can’t quite type as fast as I think effect, and is a reasonable substitute with the added benefit of actually being typed!

  3. I love to put my ideas down on paper. The feel of my fountain pen, the sound of my scribbling, the bright blue color of the ink; I love it. I know computers a necessary tool for writers and researchers, but there is just something about writing it all down on paper.

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