Soulless Keyboards?

There is truth to handwriting rather than composing on a computer, laptop or tablet. In fact, numerous studies have shown the kinesthetic connection that occurs when you hand write something versus when you compose it on a computer or other electronic device.

Those who write by hand activate more neurological processes that are key to learning and processing information. (See here.) Writing by hand also better synchronizes the different hemispheres in the brain, leading to increased comprehension–and creativity.

One researcher reminds us that “The software does keep track of the changes somewhere, but users cannot access them. With a pen and paper, it’s all there. Words crossed out or corrected, bits scribbled in the margin and later additions are there for good, leaving a visual and tactile record of your work and its creative stages.”

That’s good news for writers! So, if you’re looking to get creative, pick up a pen and hand write. Then edit later on the computer for optimal results.