Pens and Pencils


When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s right before the explosion of the PC.  So when I need to write anything substantive, my first instinct is to pull out a pen and a notebook. I write the outline of the paper in my notebook. I jot down the main thoughts by hand. And yet, I don’t remember the last time I’ve written anything substantive by hand.

I used to have a hand-written journal that I kept, but it’s so hard to find the time to sit down and write out everything I needed to. So I switched to keeping an electronic journal on my Kindle. It’s convenient and handy and quicker to type out my thoughts on the Kindle. And if I want to, I can print out my journal entries and put them into a notebook.

When I want to remember something important, I’ll write it on paper. All of my notes, thoughts, ideas, grocery lists, are hand-written.

Although I prefer to write by hand, I can’t imagine returning to a non-keyboard era.


About Camilla

I am a mom, a librarian, and a student.
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