Keyboards vs. Pens

27 Mar

I’ve heard that they don’t teach handwriting in elementary school anymore.

This makes some sense. We all use computers. Even when I was in school, they stopped teaching cursive after the fourth grade, so my cursive has been preserved just as I last used it, which I learned when attempting to address wedding invitations last year.

However, there are times in life when you still have to write something on a piece of paper that someone else is supposed to read. Who am I? Some kind of handwriting expert? I just want to figure out your email address, not solve some kind of hieroglyphics puzzle. How hard is it to make an “a” look like an “a”?

A question remains. Do you think better through a pen or a keyboard?

It took me a long time to think through a keyboard. In college, I actually used to write all my papers out by hand and retype them. At some point I realized that my oh-so-efficient methods needed to be revamped. I had to train my brain to think through keys. I didn’t come up with a program or anything. The world just became more key-centric. Somewhere through work emails and social media and graduate school, it just happened.

I’m still not the fastest typist out there. I’ve gotten better over the years, but sometimes I still want to think through a pen. I printed out half of my manuscript so I can go through page by page and edit. There is something about seeing a physical page, not on a computer screen, and writing on it.

What do you think? Does anyone still think through pens (or pencils)?

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9 Responses to “Keyboards vs. Pens”

  1. Techy-Tiff March 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Nope. I’m all techy now. I don’t even like writing in my journal – it feels really slow to me! I like to email myself thoughts and take notes on my “notepad” on my iPhone.
    Katie, why u so lame? 🙂

    • katieannmeyer March 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Um, I almost didn’t approve your comment. Just so you know.

  2. Kim March 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I write out my thank you cards on paper before I write them on the card, so I don’t think you are lame!

  3. Mark kachurak March 28, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    I think through both. Seems easier to edit on computer although it would be impossible to see what you changed and maybe change your mind back.

    • katieannmeyer March 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      You can use the comments feature in word and track your changes, but I still like to actually write on the piece of paper.

      • Mark kachurak March 29, 2013 at 1:31 am #

        Didn’t know that.

  4. Daniel Ladd March 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I used to handwrite my papers and then type them too. That seems so weird now!

    • katieannmeyer April 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Although your handwriting could have passed for type. 🙂

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