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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Writing by Hand

As I mentioned in the last post, the vast majority of my writing is done on a keyboard, not handwritten, but many writers prefer to write the entire manuscript and revisions by hand. They have some compelling reasons to do so. 

The process of writing by hand helps the brain to filter information and stimulates a greater focus. (My brain needs this.) 

The act of writing and shaping works is a workout that activates the part of the brain that involves thought, language, and memory. Our brains are more likely to remember the shapes of symbols, music notes, and foreign language characters if they are drawn rather than pressing a key on a computer. (A good cognitive exercise for this baby boomer.) 

The slowness of writing by hand encourages more in-depth thought into what is written so more ideas are generated. (Food to stimulate my intellect. That's a plus.) 

Computers have endless amounts of information so they can be a distraction. Check the email, tap into a social media site, play a game, check the email… (I don’t need these distractions.) 

Writing drafts by longhand, hummmmmm. Something to think about. 

Call for submissions for Young Writers

Stone Soup is a magazine of writing and art by kids ages 13 and younger. We publish stories, poems, book reviews, and illustrations, all by young writers and artists. Stone Soup welcomes submissions from young people up to and including age 13.
Call for Submissions for Adult Writers:

Boys’ Quest. Has themes. A magazine created for boys from 6 to 13, with children 8, 9, and 10 the specific target age. Looking for articles, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that deal with timeless topics such as pets, nature, hobbies, science, games, sports, careers, simple cooking, and anything else likely to interest a 10-year-old boy. Looking for lively writing, most of it from a 10-year-old boy’s point of view, with the boy or boys directly involved in an activity that is both wholesome and unusual. Up to 500 words, simultaneous submissions okay as long as is noted on the manuscript.

Submission guidelines at

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