Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Longhand

Hang around a group of writers long enough and you'll hear someone say they overcome writer's block by picking up a pen and paper and working on their story longhand?  Why is that?  Comfort level?  Regression to our childhood days when creativity seemed so much simpler?

Actually, there may be some science behind this.  A recent study shows that children who spend more time writing by hand show greater progress in brain development and cognition.  Some research shows "the sequential finger movements required to write by hand activate brain regions involved with thought, language, and short-term memory."

Even if you are skeptical of the science, we can all relate to what novelist Robert Stone said.  "...I write in longhand in order to be precise. On a typewriter or word processor you can rush something that shouldn't be rushed — you can lose nuance, richness, lucidity. The pen compels lucidity."

2 comments:

David Barber said...

Welles, one of the best posts I've read in a while.

Nice one, mate.

WellesFan said...

Thanks. Saw the article and knew I had to share it.