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Why I draft my articles by hand

{3 reasons taking the extra time is worth it}

In January 2018 I began an experiment: my first writing of the day would be in a physical notebook, not typing on screens.

I had done this before, both free-writing in my personal journal and outlining a book idea but I never typed up any of that writing. This 2018 experiment is different; most of what I write quickly becomes articles posted online.

This process of writing by hand then typing those words into a digital document takes some extra time, but I have found that it’s worth it. Here’s why:

The inability to backspace keeps my thoughts moving forward.

Writing with a pen on paper accomplishes the same objective. It removes the ability to backspace or delete so my thoughts keep moving forward. I let myself cross things out because I have found that doing so is quite different from deleting: The fact that I’m adding ink to the page maintains the forward momentum and since I can still read the words that I have drawn lines through I can easily bring them back if I want to.

It’s easier to focus with a notebook than a screen.

It is entirely possible for me to focus on writing while typing on a screen. I do it all the time, particularly while editing. But it’s so much easier to focus when all I have in front of me is a physical page so I take advantage of that when I can.

I have talked about the benefits of writing first thing in the morning, but one of the struggles I face when I do so is feeling tired and lazy. Consuming is so much easier than creating, especially when I’m tired. Picking up pen and paper give me no other option. I cannot consume and so I create.

I’m old-fashioned and a bit sentimental.

A person’s handwriting is so personal. Reading handwritten words is like hearing the voice of the writer. I love flipping through my old notebooks and I look forward to the day when my daughter can explore them. She will be able to see my imperfect process and get to know me in ways she could not if she only read the words I put online.

🤔 Try writing something by hand today — draft an article, jot a note, or write a letter. As you do, consider the benefits of putting pen to paper over typing on a screen.

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