Hand Writing Mattersby Sue Meyn on 10/07/10
For years I've heard differing opinions from people about the importance--or lack thereof--in writing by hand. Grandmothers shake their fingers at those who've forgotten how to write a thank you note, or a simple letter. We've all gone electronic in so many ways. I, for one, still want to journal with my pen in hand. It seems we have some support for this now.
My husband brought home an article for me to read from The Wall Street Journal (Oct. 5, Personal Journal: How Handwriting Trains the Brain) Now we know, through brain research, that we all benefit by writing by hand. "It seems there is something really important about manually manipulating and drawing out two-dimensional things we see all the time." So we somehow connect more with what we are writing, and stimulate the brain, by handwriting.
Later in the article it states: "Other research highlights the hand's unique relationship with the brain when it comes to composing thought and ideas." This is something I have "felt" when I work on a project. It feels to me as though I MUST begin my creative exploration with pen in hand. After I have ideas strung together I can turn to my keyboard, where editing is so much simpler, but initially I feel that in order to "touch" my creative reservoir I must write by hand.
Interesting how neural science is supporting some feelings many of us have had intuitively. Would love to hear what others think about this!