The Future Of Handwriting


Handwriting classes have become the thing of the past. Finland has removed it from their national curriculum and the American states giving no importance in their educational system, it is now restricted to the officials alone. Writing has almost become obsolete with the fingers taking its place with typing and swiping replacing writing. Experts opine that cursive writing is crucial for cognitive development particularly when it comes to memory. We will speak to Clive Thompson on the importance of writing. We will look beyond type and text.

Clive Thompson explains when you should take to hand and when the keyboard. Clive says that handwriting is suitable for meetings, brainstorming sessions, lectures and scribbling. Typing is apt for people working on articles. Good typing speed means better your ideas. Clive calls this transcription fluency. The faster your finger moves the better your ideas are a showcase. Increasing the typing speed can improve your thoughts.

On the contrary, when writing, the goal is not to think faster but write faster. There are some writers like Lynda Barry who writes her novels with a paintbrush. The goal of the writer is not to think but to dream so that there is no scope for editing. While writing the first draft there was a need to slow down just to distract a paintbrush with Tuscan watercolor was used to paint the manuscript over a legal paper. This is just to focus on calligraphic writing instead of crafting sentences beautifully. The idea here is as long as the sentences are beautiful the remaining aspects will automatically fall in its place.

Clive Thompson has written a book on handwriting, be sure to check it out. The book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better is a must read for those who want to know about the future of handwriting.