Writing by hand makes your brain wait


In writing by hand, we deliberately pause to make the brain wait. This forced interruption, called disinfluency, yields more thoughtful writing.

There’s a reason many successful writers from David Foster Wallace to JK Rowling opt to write with pen and paper. When your mind moves as fast as the computer keys, you tend to overproduce. It’s like taking down all the professor’s notes in class. While everything gets consumed none of the words have staying power.

There’s no such thing as a tranquil flood of information.

It’s true: the more you get down, the more you have to play with. They even say to write continuously to push out our ideas. But acceleration can reduce the quality of your prose. The neurons need time to connect to each other in order to talk with more clarity.

All writing is in the edit. Yet, keyboard or longhand, the doubts still remain.



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2 thoughts on “Writing by hand makes your brain wait”

    1. It’s my go-to when I ‘feel’ stuck or when I just can’t look at a computer screen anymore.

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