I’m doing it by hand! Writing that is.
Do you have trouble writing, but you really want to? I do. But I found a way thats working, perhaps it can work for you too.
Write it by hand.
It’s been researched and tested that writing down notes by hand will improve your comprehension of information because you’re having to summarize what you’re writing, but what about just improving your writing in general?
The connection between thought and hand is real. Writing by hand can help you slow your thoughts down and form better and more complete sentences. I’m typing this text, versus writing by hand (which I did earlier) and I can tell a difference. As I type, I find that I have to pause to catch my thoughts and then start up again. Writer Susan Sontag would always write her first drafts by hand because she liked the slowness of it. Truman Capote wrote his first and second drafts (perhaps more) by hand. Writing by hand does make you a better writer (with continual practice).
If you’re just getting into writing (like me), one thing that can happen is your mind races so fast that you can’t record your complete thoughts and furthermore have trouble forming your thoughts into a body of language that makes sense. This happens to me often, so I decided to make a practice of writing by hand first. I’ve been doing this for the past week and I can tell it’s helping me slow my thoughts down. I’ve taken it a step further with a morning writing practice.
I began a handwritten free writing practice every morning. I sit and write three full pages by hand right when I wake up. It has a meditative effect, where concerns, floating ideas, and random thoughts flow out of my head and onto paper. Over the course of the day, I find my anxiety level is lower (for the most part) and my mind is clearer. It’s fun too.
Writing by hand can reduce distraction. If you’re writing by hand and your computer screen is put to sleep (or not in front of you) there’s immediately fifty-billion less things to distract you from writing.
No Grumpy Cat I’m busy right now.
On the computer my mind wanders to far off cyber lands. Before I know it my fingers have tapped and taken me to Pinterest and Twitter for an eye candy free-for-all of design bits and snarky memes and even snarkier tweets.
Addictions aside. The point is, writing by hand with pen and paper (in a relatively quiet space) works. Better writing, less stress, more focus.
Give it an honest trial.