This really threw me for a turn. I was reading today and this modern author said he wrote the book I am currently reading, in long hand. This means he wrote nearly the entire book with a pen. On paper.
This totally blew me away. I mean, this runs totally contrary to what we were taught in school, right? Typing is oodles faster than writing with a pen. It’s more efficient.
But is good writing really about efficiency and speed?
I began to think about the times I was actually required to write longhand; some of the most meaningful things I ever wrote came from a pen. My university entrance exam, my teaching interview essay (written on-the-spot, with a 15 minute time limit), Several poems and journal entries illustrating benchmarks in my life. It occurred to me that perhaps I wasn’t giving longhand it’s due. Perhaps it is more than just a private fetish for calligraphers and snail-mail letter writers. Perhaps I’ll try writing something longer with a pen and paper.