My best ideas seem to come when I write with a pen. Even at work, if I’m to create a PowerPoint deck, I draw it out first on a piece of scrap paper. It’s like I’m trying to access a part of my mind I can’t get to if I start with the computer.
The debate over teaching cursive in public schools resurfaced here lately. I really don’t have an opinion over it. I haven’t written cursive in years, and I don’t believe I’m less of a person as a result.
But writing longhand forces a kind of commitment that’s different than word processing. And handwritten notes always mean more because there’s more of the person in the words.