Writing on paper: an analogue tool that still works

Writing on paper is one of my favourite activities. It allows me to slow down and think better. Seeing my hand in motion as I scribble down is still a fulfilling experience.

I can strike out ideas on the go and stop at any time to find out what comes next. On a digital format, I find this process a bit more intimidating. The text box is blank, and all I can see is the cursor blinking; waiting for you to come up with the perfect words to type. It’s a lot less spontaneous.

It’s almost an obligation to come prepared to work at the computer.

In a world full of sophisticated technologies, pens and papers are still relevant and useful.

When we add a physical element to a creative process, there’s movement. Our creative minds thrive on movement (…) Wouldn’t it be best to put ourselves in the most creative situation possible?

August birch

I certainly agree with that approach to creativity. According to that same article, the physical process of hand-writing unleashes ideas that are hidden in your subconscious. This is something that technologies can’t quite match yet.

Analogue processes, like writing on paper, are still necessary and won’t go away any time soon.

Here’s a few images on the joy of hand-writing.

How do you integrate analogue tools or processes in your creatives lives?