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June 20, 2022, 08:26 AM
I, too, do most of my creative THINKING, by writing out and doodling. Then I keyboard it.

One thing I use is sort of an outline type, where I may have numbers or A,B,C...areas on the paper, or even boxes...and then doodle, in and around this.

Often, words will appear within the doodle, or scribble, never trying to make the doodle BE something, like no thinking about it, just letting the crayon run across the page, while at the same time*

*which may or may not be important

Fill in the text boxes, or get the ABC, or 123 down on paper

I reckon, without science to back me up here, that I engage both sides of the brain this way, whereas typing doesn't let me capture in SOME form, those random, often pesky, but sometimes illuminating invader thoughts.

But try different things to find what works for you.

Thanks Dien for sharing this.

Also, it is the reason I don't allow people to create their SQ1 from a form or fill in the blanks, when written out by hand, THEN the SQ1 reveals its personal messages.


Glenn recently posted about writing by pen and paper (that is, writing by hand) before...

See his post...

Mark Twain Wrote All His Books With Paper & Pen (http://www.sowpub.com/forum/showthread.php?p=42822)

Gary Halbert famously asked his students to write out classic direct response ads by hand...

And he wrote all his ads initially with a pen and paper, too (not on the computer)!

A lot of more recent copywriters (even at least one well-known one) rubbish the idea... But there's evidence that Gary was right!

Handwriting helps with learning a new language... suggesting it may also help with "absorbing" the lessons of an ad...
Handwriting Is Better Than Typing When Learning a New Language, Study Finds

Handwriting helps kids learn more and remember better
Why writing by hand makes kids smarter

It can even help with creativity!
How Handwriting Trains the Brain

"Other research highlights the hand's unique relationship with the brain when it comes to composing thoughts and ideas. Virginia Berninger, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, says handwriting differs from typing because it requires executing sequential strokes to form a letter, whereas keyboarding involves selecting a whole letter by touching a key. ...

"And one recent study of hers demonstrated that in grades two, four and six, children wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard."

You might benefit even if your handwriting looks like chicken scratch marks in the dirt (like mine does)!

- Dien

P.S. I still mostly type though...

P.P.S. I recently tried an experiment where I wrote what I wanted "to do" each day by hand, as opposed to typing it up (I've done both in the past)... I found writing it up by hand to be more motivational - and I feel I ended up getting more done - compared to typing it up...

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