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3 secrets of writing longhand | Moran Chaim


I’ve written about this before and I wanted to share this post about writing in longhand versus on the computer. I personally do not feel creative writing my blogs or my books on a computer looking at a screen. I need to have my pen in hand so it can glide along with the speed of my thoughts. It was refreshing for me to read this post by Moran Chaim and find that many others feel the same.

Do any of you prefer to write in longhand?

“George R.R. Martin is doing it, also Danielle steel, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan and more published authors are doing it longhand.”

3 secrets of writing longhand | Moran Chaim.

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


  • marianbeaman

    I don’t see composing text longhand or on the computer as an either-or proposition. I do both depending on my mood/preference/task at hand. Brainstorming, though, is mostly done longhand on a legal-size tablet.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for sharing that Marian. I actually feel as though that brainstorming process on paper is what inevitably takes me through first draft. 🙂

  • coastalmom

    I find it sad that they don’t teach cursive anymore to our kids. I just wrote a much longer response,and lost it all! Arghhh.
    I pushed back rather than comment

    • dgkaye

      You make me laugh. I’ve done that too many times to count! Yes, certainly some of the good old days is sadly missed in many respects. 🙂

  • coastalmom

    And then just now the rest of my comment disappeared. I SAID… Though I feel a long hand note is nice to receive, I find it easier to write on my laptop. Obviously, i am challenged, commenting via my phone

    • dgkaye

      Lol, still laughing woman! Since I’ve known you, you seem to have ‘phone issues’ on blogs. May I suggest a bigger phone, or perhaps a tablet? LOL

  • A.K.Andrew @artyyah

    I think it’s totally true that longhand connects better with your subconscious, and I do write short pieces longhand. But for a novel, it’s not realistic for me. Thanks for reblogging this & introducing me to Moran Chaim.:-)

  • Let's CUT the Crap!

    The trouble is I cannot write anymore. I have some arthritis but last year, while on vacation, with no alternative but to scribble, I suffered through it and prayed later I could make out the scribbling. For the most part, I was successful. 😀

  • Christy Birmingham

    I write notes in longhand but do the majority of my work on the computer. I actually don’t find the computer hinders my creativity. I type faster than I write by hand so the keyboard can keep up with me better than the pen 🙂

    • dgkaye

      That’s interesting Christy. I also type fast (when my long nails are clicking the wrong buttons), but I find the pen keeps up better for me. Then my first round revisions begin while I’m entering into the computer. 🙂

  • SexwAnnie

    I do write notes, ideas and Sometimes chapters in long hand. But most of my writing is done on the computer. My hands hurt when I write too much in long hand.

    I don’t know how you do it but I give you lots of credit. I did write a children’s book in long hand. Yes that was before I had the computer. I really need to publish that book, lol.. 🙂

    • dgkaye

      It’s interesting to find out other writer’s habits. And yes, although it may seem like more work after first draft is done, it becomes like first round revisions while I’m typing it into the computer. What gets entered is never what was on the paper. 🙂 And children’s book???? Now get on that my friend! xo 🙂

  • teagan geneviene

    I used to “get something back from it” writing in longhand. However, a few years ago i had an injury to my right wrist/hand, so now it’s more of an effort, and i like the computer better. Otherwise I would agree with you completely. Hugs. 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for commenting here Teagan. Sheesh, there must be going on in the universe with writer’s wrist injuries. You are the fourth writer I’ve heard of such incident in the past few months. I hope it isn’t contagious, lol, for my creativity comes from pen and paper. 🙂 🙂

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