Friday, May 22, 2015

Hello, Pen

By Sarah Reichert

I’ve made a shift from composing most of my work by hand with 50-cent notebooks and a collection of specially bought pens, to battering away at the keys of my laptop.  It’s more efficient, right?  I can type faster and it saves me the trouble of having to transpose it later.  Plus, it's much more pleasant now that the new laptop doesn't weigh sixteen pounds with a battery life of ten minutes. 

Modern technology makes it more convenient to write (or sometimes put off writing) with special plotting programs and automatic correction.  The whole world is speeding down the technology highway.  Schools and the common core system are only requiring handwriting in the first few grades, after which the emphasis is placed on keyboarding.  In our modern world we all must do our part to keep up with the emerging technology and its fast-paced drive into the unknown.  It’s a not a new scene, this tossing away the old for the new, humans have done it since the dawn of walking upright.  Its how we graduated from grass sandals and adobe huts to skyscrapers and sneakers.  Newer is better right? 

Wrong.  Horribly, horribly wrong.  Most of the people who read this blog are, in some capacity, artists and creators.  The rest probably got misdirected and are wondering how they made it this far into the article (its my gripping style).  So we appreciate the connection of working with our hands as an extension of our minds.  But now scientific evidence is proving this connection right.  Studies show that handwriting is the key to creating more neural pathways in the brain and connecting millions of roads inside our minds which lead to enhanced creativity and better retention of information. 

If I want to remember something, I write it down.  Typing doesn’t accomplish this same phenomenon.  The direct line of creativity is often filtered and stunted by the gate of technology.  When I sit down without my keyboard to write my hand always finds the story faster than the keys do. 

So, after you’ve finished this article, (shared it and liked it of course), close your modern contraptions down and get your pens.  Not only will your creativity flow easier but you’ll separate yourself from the artificial pathways of this digital age that lead you off of your course and straight into the endless sea of cat videos. 

Reconnect with your pen, the page, and hopefully, you’re next great idea.

What's your favorite brand/type of pen to work with?


April Moore said...

I'm a mechanical pencil gal, specifically the Twist & Erase Pentel Click 0.7 But when I'm feeling adventurous (like doing a crossword) I I prefer the Pilot G-2 07 pen. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I like the Pilot G-2 07 pen too. I do most of my writing on my computer, but when I'm in the rewrite phase of a novel, I like to work with a printed copy and a legal pad to make notes and write sections to insert.

Jenny said...

I love pens! Anything smooth and not smudgy. I'm not as smart as April, because I have to do the crossword in pencil. On Sunday, anyway.

April Moore said...

If it makes you feel any better, Jenny, I don't even attempt the Sunday crosswords.

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