Have you ever encountered "writer’s block" when typing a paper or other assignment? Then you might want to try switching from typing to writing longhand, at least temporarily.
A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that writing longhand helps you clarify your thoughts and gain a different perspective on the writing process. According to the article, studies show that the physical act of writing activates your brain differently than does pushing keys on a keyboard, helping you think more clearly. Writing also brings key information to the forefront of the brain’s filters, and although typing is quicker than writing longhand, it tends to lead to a more fragmented writing process.
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For more, see A Defense of Writing Longhand by Patrick E. McLean and Going Retro: The Disappearing Act of Writing Longhand by Jennifer A. Howard.