By some measures, handwriting is the art form of the past.
And, for some, it’s more important than it’s ever been.
Writing by hand is a process that takes time and skill, says Dr. Jennifer Pohl, a professor of psychology and director of the handwriting clinic at the University of California, San Francisco.
She says it’s a skill that comes with a price tag.
“I think the cost is the difficulty of keeping it,” she says.
“We’re always trying to keep the writing down to a minimum and keep it in order, to get it to the point where we’re not thinking about it in terms of a calendar.”
But, for those who are not writing by a computer, writing by pen is a much more attainable skill, Pohl says.
She points to research showing that for every 100 students, they can learn writing by an average of three years.
“I think it’s just a matter of doing it,” Pohl said.
“You have to be creative and you have to have the ability to read the writing.
And you have got to be able to make the decisions that you make with the writing.”
A word to the wiseWhen it comes to what it means to write by hand, Polski is more inclined to think of writing as a way to get through life’s busy schedule.
She said people who write on paper tend to have more time to do so, and that’s what’s driving the demand for handwriting therapy.
“If you’re going to be writing in a hurry, you’ve got to find the time to write,” Polsky says.
And if you want to improve your writing, she says, you have two things you have no choice but to do.
You’ve got the urge to get back to work.
“Write,” she advises.
“And you have the desire to stop and think about the things that you’ve just been writing about.
And the way you write, you know, the way that you can think of it, that’s the thing that’s driving you to keep writing.
It’s not really like a schedule that you have.
So how does a writer actually write? “
So, it just is the way to do it.”
So how does a writer actually write?
Polsko said she doesn’t see a huge difference between a pen and a keyboard.
“The thing that you’re most interested in when you’re writing is what the person is saying and what their thoughts are.
And what their feelings are.
If you’re using a pen, that just takes away a lot of that, because you can’t actually hear their voice,” Pulsky says, adding that it’s also important that the pen doesn’t leave residue on the paper.”
That’s the real challenge.
It takes away the ability for the person to feel what the words are,” she said.
She said a lot about the writer’s personality comes from the writing itself, and also the writer and her audience.
“It’s not about the words.
It really is about the people that are listening and the way they’re thinking,” Pops said.
So, when it comes down to it, the writing that comes to you can be a tool to help you stay focused and to get your day on track, Pelski said.
But, if you’re thinking of taking it up a notch and using it for something else, there are certain risks.
“So, there’s a lot that happens during the writing process that I’m not really willing to put a dollar value on,” Poleski said, but added, “I’m not saying it’s impossible to do, I’m just saying that it is a challenge.”
In fact, Pulski has found that some writers, like those who write by phone, have an easier time with writing by phone than others.
Polsky advises writers to consider the audience, too.
“There are a lot more of them,” she explains.
“They can see the handwriting and they can read the words that are written on the pages.
So, if it’s someone that’s interested in something, then they’ll be able find that, and they’ll go, ‘OK, I need to know where to get that.'”
In addition to the benefits of writing by letter, Polesky says she thinks it could be a great tool for those with physical writing challenges, like people with stroke, chronic pain or learning disabilities.
Pelski also says that writing by touch is not for everyone.
“It’s a tool for some people, but not for others,” she explained.
“For me, I think that you need to really take the time that you would for a computer,” she added.
“You have got a lot to do,” Punski said when asked if she thinks that writing using a digital device is better for someone with a physical disability.