Are you a pen and paper person when you’re not writing shorthand?

I enjoy doodling, sketching flowers, writing letters, and such.  Is part of your enjoyment of shorthand due to enjoying pen or pencil and paper?

(by Shorthand-learner for everyone)

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  1. I always have pen and paper with me. And I doodle — when I'm not knitting.

    When seriously writing something, though, I go to the computer. Even in the 60's and 70's, if I wanted to write something seriously, I went to the typewriter.

    Shorthand for notes during planning sessions with my boss or at any meetings, even if I'm not responsible for minutes.

  2. Not really. For me its just the shorthand. I even get satisfaction writing on a screen or with my finger on my knee when I'm bored (and even when I'm not!!) If anyone ever bothered to transcribe my shorthand diary, well, let's just say it wouldn't read as well as Samuel Pepys. I sometimes go through pages of writing in there simply because I didn't get my fix of shorthand for that day.

  3. Sidhetaba, you're a knitter? Have you discovered Ravelry?

    I'm a terrible drawer, so don't enjoy doodling. I want it to look right! When I need to make something tangible and artistic, I knit or cross-stitch.

    I type at over 80wpm, but longhand is 40 and illegible or 20 to be legible. Also, I'm an editor, not a writer. I write something, then edit it into shape. (My final year high school English teacher never gave tests. I aced the course, but next year suffered, because I'd lost the ability to plan and write, rather than do a bit of each as I went.) So, I usually type.

    I sometimes use paper for brainstorming or planning, especially if I need to work on concepts more than wording. There's something about the direct connection and freedom of placement that works. I print out long pieces for the final edit. I get a different feel for the piece.

    At meetings, I often take notes, because I always have something to say (what, me?), and sometimes I need to listen more, or let others have the stage. Part of the urge to speak is having to get the point out before I forget it. Telling my notebook helps. I only doodled in one course — Philosophy 101, taken as a 4th yr engineering student because I needed one more arts course.

    I do enjoy the feel, and knowing it means something, but that's not the main reason I do it.

  4. I'm with you, Cricket, on the brainstorming or planning on paper — doing it on the computer doesn't have the same sense of direct connection. And I've never mastered the mouse as a drawing tool — I can't really draw with a pen for that matter. But doodling isn't drawing, is it?

    Yes, I'm an old, old knitter — I learned in the early sixties, and I've knit all my life. I've not yet felt the need to join Ravelry, though most of my friends have joined.

    Chuck: why did you buy a laptop? For work? When do you use all those lovely inks in your fountain pen?

    I remember we had a thread about cursive and kids in schools not learning anything other than printing. My eight-year-old, grade 3, still only prints rather badly. I know we started learning cursive in grade 2, but that, too, was the early sixties and the world is very different now.

  5. This is an interesting question. I used to write a lot in longhand. However, when I started using a laptop regularly about 10 years ago, my longhand writing declined. The only way for me to pick up the pen again was to write shorthand again!

  6. Not too long ago I started writing with a fountain pen again, after having used ballpoints for years. Have taken some time to work on my penmanship. Am enjoying working with this book: http://www.iampeth.com/books/champion/the_champion_method_index.html

    Changed from having two pens and one bottle of ink to quite a few pens and many colors of inks. I think doodling is drawing which is warming up. The doodles and drawings have started to intertwine. Am having great fun with this.

    Also, crochet, but haven't been attracted to Ravelry. Am at Crochetville and Crochet Mania.

    My laptop is for research, forums, checking the weather, and the odd email.

    I only found out, a few months ago, that the lovely penmanship skills, taught in the early sixties, are no longer the norm in schools. My mother learned with a dip pen. She hadn't picked up a dip pen in decades, and showed me last week what she had practiced as a child. Her writing is lovely, and the style of writing she learned lovelier than what we learned in the early sixties.

    Wishing you all a very nice Friday morning!

  7. I have always written. I tried an online journal and a word processing journal but couldn't get into it very much, so mine is handwritten (with an occassional entry in shorthand–not very readable but…). I also keep a little notebook with me, the pretenious Moleskine, and write in that (sometimes non esstial stuff). Although I do enjoy the computer, internet, ease of correcting on the computer, I do like the written word. I do doodle a little, but not much as I really can't draw.

    My grandmas handwriting was so beautiful, she probably learned it in school. I tried to copy it, but couldn't. My longhand isn't bad, but not the best.

    I also crochet and am a member of Crochetville and Ravelry.

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