Have you ever wondered what your very first handwriting looked like? Maybe you have old exercise books from nursery school, etc, to help jog your memory. Even if you don’t have those, chances are that like many people, your handwriting has evolved over the years. I know mine has.
I know that modern technology has made writing a lot easier and more convenient than before. However, if you keep an old-fashioned journal like I do, then maybe you’ll really appreciate what I am about to say: there is just something about writing stories in my own handwriting that I find very therapeutic. It especially works for the much-dreaded ‘Writer’s block,’ and I discovered this when I started writing again.
I am not exactly sure whether there is something about grasping a pen with your own fingers, rather than typing away at a keyboard. Whatever it is, I have personally observed that ideas flow better when I write by hand. In fact, my first short story series, The Mystery of Madam Koin-Koin was originally penned down by hand, before transferring it to my computer. In the process of doing that though, I realized why many people would rather type out their stories, poems, works of fiction or writings in general, on the computer, rather than writing by hand. Writing in your own handwriting, especially if you plan to publish later, is a much longer route to achieving the same results.
I still enjoy seeing stories in my own handwriting, for some reason. So, I usually pick that route if I have time. On days when I am pressed for time, however, it is straight to the computer.
So, when was the last time you wrote a story, poem, etc in your own handwriting? I would love to know.