Writing by hand on my screen

In which I still use a pen but don’t use ink.

Picture of a pen next to a calculator

I got caught out in a meeting today, I normally take just a laptop in so I can make my notes digitally. I know that having a notepad but makes you look more attentive than typing behind a screen but my own handwriting is terrible for reasons I gone through before (Why I never use pens).

I like to live in a world where technology is making my life easier, it helps iron out the faults in myself. My handwriting is terrible, as in doctor-terrible, it is barely legible as I write let alone having to review later. If I can get away with putting my scrawl to something then I do.

I would rather use anything else than a notebook, to which all the purists will shudder, and will even use a mobile than a pretty Moleskine. Take this post, as I am on the train home (and then going away for the weekend) I have two alternatives to writing. I can find a piece of paper and type it up later, or use a 5.2 inch screen.

So here I am writing on a phone, and as a result my grammar and spelling may vary. I am more used to writing digitally than in an analogue fashion. I could happily tap away for hours on a keyboard but more than ten minutes with a pen in my hand is tiring.

I don’t understand why I have to use a pen now, not that I think you shouldn’t learn how. As with most of the skills you leant in school it handy to have it in your locker in case it is ever needed (like when we will run out of electricity). There are still some instances when a small written note is important.

The last occasion I had to find a pen (because being someone who doesn’t write by hand I’m always in wont of a writing implement) was for a card. Sometimes technology can go to far and have greetings cards you can digitally sign feels a little impersonal. It is only one small step away from entering in all the birthdays and anniversaries you have and letting the cards go out automatically.

Come to think of it, that’s not a bad idea. I’ll make a note of that but my battery is about to die, if only I had a pen and pap…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Handwritten.”


When was the last time you wrote something by hand? What was it?

Thanks for the prompt suggestion, KL Caley!

Author: geekergosum

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