In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.”
The short response: I write almost daily–not because I have to, but because I enjoy it.
I will freely admit that I’m a complete computer geek: I spend a lot of time on the computer at work and at home. When a computer isn’t readily available there’s always my smartphone. I’m all for note-taking apps like Onenote or Evernote, and use at least one of them daily as well. With the exception of Post-it notes, I could easily get along without needing a handwriting instrument of any kind at my job as an engineer.
I write because I enjoy it. It’s relaxing, and so pure. There’s something soothing about watching letters and words form behind the tip of a pen, speeding along at maybe 20 words per minute or so. I know what it was like in the pre-keyboard era. Oftentimes when I’m all alone with pen and ink, I think about the monks in the old days, huddled over a flickering candle, transcribing old texts with quills.
In my opinion, handwriting neatness and style has gotten progressively worse (just look at the flowing script in many letters and postcards written back at the turn of the twentieth century, for example). I think about today’s kids, who don’t know a world without the Internet, email, and text messages, and can’t help but wonder if handwriting is going to be a lost art in the near future.