Why Writing is Better in Longhand

Thank you, Gavin, for this post!
You make some good points here, but there is something happening that you haven’t touched on. Handwriting uses the right side of the brain, the creative side. Typing, especially if you are a bad typist like I am, uses the left side of the brain, the analytical, logical side of the brain.
In my case it was very obvious as I couldn’t type one sentence without getting stuck and making changes and correcting stuff. When I hand-wrote the pieces, using script writing, the stuff just flowed out of me. It was a very natural process. Now if one types 120 words a minute, they probably could do the same thing, but for those of us that are thinking while they type, it just doesn’t work very well.
I hand-wrote almost my entire first draft of my novel. Then I needed to tie up some loose ends so I just typed it right into my PC. Now, THAT was the stuff that I lost, trying to copy it onto a flash drive.
I re-wrote those pieces, sort of half and half, I wrote down some of what I remembered from what I lost and added to it when I typed it.
You need to be loose and let the creative juices flow for that first draft. The writing doesn’t come from your brain; it comes from your heart and from the environment, much the same way that someone might get an idea about how to make electricity. Not sure how much sense that makes, but I hope you get the idea.
In fact, I am just realizing that this is why I am having so much trouble getting anything done on the prequel to my novel! I need to write it by hand first!
Thank you very much for this reminder!
Peace, love & harmony,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Author: Sherrie Miranda

I am an author who writes in order to create more peace and understanding in the world. I am a teacher who has taught students from many countries of the world. I am also a life and writing coach. I love to travel and first traveled to other countries before finally deciding to see some of the U.S., places that foreigners I met have been to, but that I hadn't. I am happily married to a teacher who identifies himself first, as a musician. We hope to someday travel together to places where I read my novel(s) and speak to people about loving life while Angelo plays his piano and entertains the audience too. I also hope to assist seniors and troubled teens to write their life stories in order to heal. Life has much to offer so I always encourage young people to hang in there and know that things WILL get better.

2 thoughts on “Why Writing is Better in Longhand”

  1. It’s sadly true. When I am writing by hand on paper, it flows way better than typing…usually when am typing am not able to get more than a sentence out, and I get stuck. What sucks mostly is the stress of writing first, then typing…I have notepads of writings stuck in my archives. I hope they make it out.

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  2. Mary, I wrote the entire first draft of my novel on paper! I couldn’t have done it any other way and only when I introduced Gavin’s post did I realize that this is the reason I have been stuck on writing the prequel. I was wanting to type it directly into the PC, thereby skipping that creative stage that makes my writing so real, so dream-like, so other-worldly! When I’me typing, it’s just me, but when I handwrite in script, all the muses are there with me edging me along!
    Just bring that notebook to your PC, Mary, and see if you don’t find yourself wanting to type a 2nd draft. Who knows, they may even all come together as one story once you get going.
    Best of luck to you and everyone else out there!
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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