I ink therefore I am (sort of..) – Not Rene Descartes
Maybe it’s the screen glare. The change of location and habit. Analogue vs digital. But lately I have been writing some short stories with pen on pad and despite the fact I need to type it up afterwards, doubling the actual writing process, I enjoy the feel of physical writing sometimes, and it has a different thought process to it, I tend to linger on a sentence – a word – longer, and think through what it is I am creating in a more concentrated way.
Hammering on QWERTY keys, is still the modus operandi, but the familiar scratching of nib traversing the ruled pages has benefits other than those mentioned above. Studies have shown that writing also helps to embed in our memories that which we have inked, our recall improves when trying to learn, and in the context of creative writing, I feel that my words do indeed stick in the mind more, while giving my characters and descriptions more emphasis. I recommend trying it if you don’t already.
I know some writers still pen novels longhand, and while it seems an arduous process, I don’t doubt there are benefits. How do you write? What do you prefer?