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Typing or Writing?

“Irony, we want our handwriting to look like typed fonts, and our computer fonts to look like handwritten text.”
― Vikrmn, Corpkshetra

When I was studying calligraphy in high school I could not have imagined a time when a computer and printer in my home would be used to produce perfect letters every time. In contrast, creating letters by hand is meticulous and tedious. Just when the shapes look beautiful, you realize the word has been misspelled. There is not autocorrect. You are forced to start over.

So why bother at all to write by hand?

I love the feeling of the the ink or pencil lead flowing over the paper. I love the smoothness or texture of the paper itself. I am satisfied with the results of my work on paper in a way that is hard to replicate in digital form. I enjoy the slowness of creating on paper. The whimsy of choosing the next color or medium to work with. It is an indulgence in today’s fast world.

There is a time and place for everything, though. It is fantastic that we are living in a time when there is a choice for how to work from one project to the next. Maybe a journal is written by hand, but a calendar is kept digitally. There are no rules. The correct method for each person and circumstance is an individual journey. Analogue is slower, methodical and meditative. Digital is fast, productive and energized. Pick your method for the occasions they are best suited for.

A new form of keeping a daily planner is called a bullet journal, first popularized by Ryder Carroll. At its essence there are little requirements other than paper and a writing instrument. Others have built upon the method to include a variety of colors and textures to create more an art piece. Either way and whichever end of the spectrum you find yourself on, the enjoyment comes from working with our hands. It is a special process, to sit with our hopes and dreams and plan on their manifestation in the future, from a blank canvas.

As we are on the cusp of children heading back to school, (the most wonderful time of the year), I’ve taken a wander through some articles which explore facets of using bullet journals. Enjoy the walk through of creations using pen and paper to plan at this time of year.

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