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The Creative Benefits of Writing your works with Pen and Paper

Updated on August 2, 2016

I've noticed a change in my energy level and a strengthening in my overall tolerance since I picked up a pen to write. Not writing while typing away on a computer but writing with pen kissing paper. I love handwriting in my book of blue lined three holed paper held together with a tri-colored pastel binder. The kind I used to use in Junior High and High school. I forgot how fulfilling this simple exercise in writing is.

"Our hands are hardwired to our hearts" says author Lisa Garrigues... she goes on to say in her book Writing Motherhood: Tapping Into Your Creativity as a Mother and a Writer ..."Writing is a creative act; artists work with their hands. Moving a pen across the page is like moving a paintbrush across a canvas. When we write by hand, we fall into the natural rhythm of our breath. And with breath comes inspiration. (the word inspiration derives from the latin verb spiro, which means "to breathe")

"The typewriter separated me from a deeper intimacy with poetry, and my hand brought me closer to that intimacy again". Pablo Neruda

"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium." Norbet Platt

I've also noticed that I am more organized and tolerant...piecing stories and articles together feel much simpler.

Writing used to antagonize me...I used think too much before I sat to type at the computer...there were times when I would sit before a blank computer screen praying for something to come out...but with pen and paper-- writing flows's as if the words are being freed from imprisonment...when I first started writing in my book I couldn't write fast thoughts poured out like water from a pen was like the glass...overflowing onto the counter...I've managed to keep up these more messy spills...just free writing.

I used to journal a lot when I was much younger but I hadn't taken the time to revisit the practice until computer became too convenient...making the writing process simpler...especially if you can type fast like I that I'm writing on paper once again it feels nice.


1. It feels good 

2. It gets the juices flowing especially when you feel blocked

3. It gives you a much needed break from computers and PDA's

4. It challenges you to do something you have become unaccustomed to doing...therefore enriching your moment


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      Karen Gibson Roc 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Faith A Mullen!! Just this morning I grabbed a pen and jotted down my next article idea :) ps thanks for reading!!! :)

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      I have to agree! Writing comes out much more naturally for me with pen and paper than through the computer.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Delores Monet -- thanks for stopping by for a read!! I think better with pen and paper too :) Peace and Light..kgr

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I'm with you on this one. I always write my first draft with pen on paper. I just think better that way. Plus, not owning a laptop, I can write in my favorite spots - the kitchen table in bad weather, the back porch in good weather.