Wednesday, August 12, 2009

July27_CreativeWriting_SM

This week the topic at ABC and 123 Summer Picnic is writing. In the search of a clever name for this post I went to my favorite Quote Garden, and found the one I liked, Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. This quote summarizes perfectly why I always liked to put my thoughts in writing. I am introverted, and I always liked to spend the time by myself thinking about things and writing them down. I kept a diary on and off for years. Writing helped me to find words for whatever was troubling me and therefore helped me to evaluate the situation better, and it helped me to remember things. There is a strong kinetic component in the way I learn. When I was a student, I enjoyed note taking, because I remembered material better, and I could focus for longer period of time when I was writing something down.

I also enjoy the physical process of writing. It’s interesting that even though I have all kinds of digital devices (cell phone, PDA, laptop), I still prefer to write my task list in a regular notebook. I remember countless hours my mother spent with me making me practice legible writing. I resented them then, but I surely appreciate the effort now when writing feels like pleasure and not an unpleasant chore.

That said, I hope that in the school of tomorrow calligraphy will be deemphasized. It’s not a skill of the future in my mind, it’s a skill of the past. I think the time spent on drilling students how to write their letters prettily will be spent better on teaching them how to type fast and how to present their thoughts clearly and concisely. If I think about my well-paid job in hi-tech industry, writing well is extremely important, since I write about 20 emails on average on any given day trying to convince people all over the globe to bow to my will (just kidding :)). This is another skill that I hope to see in the school curriculums of the future – communicating over the Internet. It’s definitely a new wave of talking to a wide audience that didn’t exist even 15 years ago, and our children will be a lot more comfortable with the digital media and social networking than we are today. I hope that my daughter will learn how to put her words to paper (ahem… keyboard) and will find as much pleasure in sharing them as I do.

8 comments:

Autumn said...

I'm like you in that I love writing and find that it helps me sort my thoughts, as well as remember details of events later on that I probably wouldn't remember had I let the event slip away undocumented. I think good handwriting is an important skill to have and plan on drilling my kids until they have good handwriting.

I also agree that typing and internet communication skills are incredibly important. It takes a lot less time to learn to type fast than it does to write legibly!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I really enjoyed this post! The simple process of writing (or typing) is a pleasure for me too.

Ticia said...

And I'm the opposite, it hurts my wrist after a while to write it out by hand, so I'm much happier typing.

MaryAnne said...

I love the title and photo for this post! Typing is much easier for me than writing by hand...

Susana said...

I often choose to write for the reason you mentioned above-not being interrupted.

I also prefer to handwrite many things over computer/typing them.

You write such nice, informative and easy to read posts--I really enjoy reading each one of them in detail.

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

I love the quote about writing. I'm with you on prefering my regular old notebook when it comes to writing. I always keep a small notepad in the car, purse, kitchen, etc. so I can jot down all the random thoughts, observations, and to-dos that are flying in and out of my mind.
I really enjoyed reading your contribution to today's PTT. Thnaks!

Michelle said...

Very interesting thoughts! I like to hand write some things, but I seem to think better at the keyboard - I just wish that I wasn't allowed to fake it through 2 years of highschool typing! I don't know how I passed - I am a fast typer, but I don't know how to type! Definitely a skill I need to teach my children and don't think of it often enough! Anyways, great post! (I am just now getting to mine!) *Ü*

Debbie said...

I just found this post, very interesting! I agree in some aspects, but yet I still think good penmenship is a must. I look at my husband's job and so much in the counseling field is a handwriting must, same in the medical field. I have worked in both and do you know what it is like to try to read chart notes when nurses, doctors, and counselors do not have good penmanship?

Yes, I work better at the keyboard, and enjoy writing more through the keyboard, but not every job is set up that way.