Let me give you a few questions to ponder. When somebody tells you that they want to give you their phone number, do you reach for a pen and paper or do you open your contact list in your phone? If you want to remember an appointment, do you write it down on a calendar with a pen or pencil or do you set up an e-mail reminder? When you have an idea that you don’t want to forget, do you write it down in a journal of some sort or do you digitally record it, perhaps e-mailing it to yourself?
If you had asked me all of this fifteen years ago, my answers would be just a little bit different than they would be now. I almost always put phone numbers in my phone but I sometimes write appointments on paper calendars so that I can see the plan regardless of whether there is service where I am or can use a phone at the time. When I have an idea I nearly always write it down on a bit of scrap paper but sometimes I will then take a photo of that paper and e-mail it to myself. Best of both worlds?
There are some that make the case that handwriting is a dying art — one indication of this is that in many schools, cursive handwriting is no longer taught and in others, it is being taught far less extensively than ever before. The last time I tried writing in cursive, I was embarrassed by how ugly my lower case s was followed by wondering why my ns looked all wrong. I use cursive for my signature but even that is no good. I feel like taking a refresher course on the subject.
You would think if handwriting was truly dying that pen sales would dry but this is not the case. I still order plenty of them for my office including my favorite, the Bic Atlantis. When I hold one in my hand it feels quite comfortable and it makes it very easy to write in my journal just about every morning.
If you are a writer I think that you may find it helpful to outline what you want to write — but not on a computer. By writing out what you have in mind with a pen and paper, you not only can visualize what will be but it actually has an effect on the brain which helps you learn what you are planning better.
Pick up that pen and get to writing! The art of writing is not dying! Write on!