Yes it is! no matter how illegible you think you’re own writing is or even if you think there’s no point now you can do everything on your iPad/tablet or computer you should definitely be putting your handwriting down on paper. Here’s why.
Research has shown there is a link to handwriting and cognition, not just in childhood but as adults too. One strategy to support learners with dyslexia is to say the sound of the letter as you’re writing. Why? It’s multisensory. Auditory, visual and movement together stimulate different pathways in the brain and the information has more chance to be stored in long term memory. As adults, we want to keep those neural pathways open and continue to create new ones – keeping our minds agile and active.
On a personal level, I have more chance of learning something if I have written it down – I would much rather use a pen and notepad than an iPad. Something I’ve noticed since I’ve been blogging book reviews is that writing notes/keywords means I remember a story for a lot longer after I’ve read it. Memories of characters, settings and emotions are much stronger!
Handwriting is like a fingerprint – it is so unique and individual no-one can copy your handwriting exactly because there are many characteristics of handwriting:
- specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness
- regular or irregular spacing between letters
- the slope of the letters
- the rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia
- the pressure to the paper
- the average size of letters
- the thickness of letters
Our choice of pens is individual too. In April I joined in National Stationery Week with a giveaway and the comments proved that although people have their favourite brands, the type and features of pen is personal. I love writing with a fountain pen and today I’m sharing a review of a lovely gift I was sent from Pen Heaven.
Inside this beautiful gift wrap is a Lamy Safari 2016 Special Edition Dark Lilac Fountain Pen (and a journal too).
I’d never heard of this brand before but it actually has an international cult following! Yes really! The Safari pen was launched in 1980 as a children’s handwriting pen and it’s now one of the most popular pens for all ages. I haven’t stopped using it at home since I unwrapped it.
You probably know by now I’m a stationery addict and have lots some unused journals and notebooks at home. Some things are just too good to be used, especially if they’re embossed with your blog name 🙂 The journal is a Sorrento Medium Leather Journal with 128 acid free pages and it’s gorgeous. It will be used one day …
One of the most important things for me when I’m writing is that I’m comfortable. The ergonomic grip on the Lamy Safari not only gives good control but means it is so comfortable to write with.
I did some free writing as part of a creative exercise recently and I didn’t tire as quickly as I would have done with my usual pen. And it’s not just the grip that made it comfortable for me, the pen is so light. Seriously, it doesn’t feel as if you’re holding any weight at all.
I know some people prefer ink instead of a cartridge and this is something you can have with this brand because it can be fitted with a Z28 converter. So many pretty coloured bottled inks to choose from too!
It writes beautifully. There’s a steady flow of ink from a stainless steel nib that for me just glided across the page. It’s been very reliable so I know I can use it for important things as well as taking notes that only I will see.
Another great extra is a handy clip – I’ve found it very useful for clipping on to pages but you could also clip it onto a pocket.
I’m forever knocking pens off my workspace or balancing them on things which isn’t a problem with the Lamy Safari … it’s made of sturdy ABS plastic! I’ve had a few drops and this fountain pen has handled it extremely well (including the nib).
With all of these features it sounds like a very expensive fountain pen doesn’t it? The Lamy Safari is affordably priced at £13.90 (which includes one blue ink cartridge). That’s great value.
This is one pen I will be shouting about for a long time to come.
* I received these products in exchange for an honest review. I am always honest in my reviews and this is my honest opinion.
With offices near central London, Pen Heaven offer a comprehensive range of pens and leather journals, with the emphasis on quality, choice and value. Specialists in classic brands including Parker pens, Cross pens & Lamy together with niche and hard to find brands including traditional Italian calligraphy sets, leather journals and a range of high quality Japanese pens. They have a huge range of ballpoints, rollerballs, pen sets and fountain pens, to name but a few.
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***Do you or someone you know find writing a difficult task? You might want to check out DOPA’s article “I Write, Therefore I Am : Assistive Technology Bridges The Gap For Dysgraphia.” You’ll find information about tools that are available to help.***