Substantive Writing

These days, most of my substantive handwriting takes place in my journal, Bible study notes, or notes on sermons. (I refrain from using the term, “sermon notes” — because doesn’t that sound like I’m preparing to preach the sermons?) Anyway, if you’ve read any of my pages that talk about commonplacing, you will reason that I am an analog note-taker. I love my Moleskine; and a good ballpoint pen — fine tip over medium. I’ll never understand all the rave over gel pens. Although I’ve purchased Levenger notebooks and journal pages, I have yet to invest in a ballpoint — and I still haven’t found any journal that could replace my Moleskine. Handwriting serves as a vehicle for more impromptu notes. I’ve thought about trying to do stream of consciousness writing in an analog journal. I guess I’ll never know unless I try. But I keep seeing images of myself staring blankly off into space waiting for a substantive thought to come. And sometimes my hand doesn’t want to cooperate with my impression of how a character should look. Will I be able to decipher my writing later; or should I mar my journal page with a scratch-out and rewrite? I truly don’t understand compliments about my penmanship. Quite a while ago, I noticed that not only do I type faster than I write. I’m more able to keep up with my thought progression when I’m typing. Whether I’m typing into a Word or Notepad document, my thoughts flow more freely than when I write by hand. The faster I record my thoughts onto the screen, the faster I can process and upload new thoughts. And “the beat goes on.” So, note taking: analog or keyboard. Blogging, stream of consciousness, creative writing: keyboard. What about you? When was the last time you Pens and Pencils wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand?


3 thoughts on “Substantive Writing

  1. I miss spending hours handwriting in my journal. I had an injury in 2013 which makes typing a more efficient way for me to write. I still write, but I do miss scribbling in my journal. I’m glad someone else still loves it!

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