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What role can handwriting play in your writing process? What are the potential benefits?
-Handwriting is linked to creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
-Handwriting engages not only cognitive processes, but motor skills and neurosensory experiences.
-Handwriting forces you to slow down and think.
-Handwriting tends to lead you to synthesize and distill information in a way that keyboarding and copy/pasting does not. Consequently, handwriting improves retention and recall of information.
-Handwriting makes it easy to create graphic organizers/mind maps.
-Handwriting can help you avoid the distractions available on a computer or other device.
I use handwriting for:
-Note-taking during research.
-Brainstorming story ideas.
-Building my "level one" outline.
-Working my way past blocks/difficult plot knots.
-Composing by hand is much slower.
-Losing your notebook/pages.
-Can't read my own handwriting.
-Organizing/reorganizing can be problematic.
-Don't use handwriting as an excuse to waste a bunch of money on expensive pens and fancy moleskine notebooks.