Write By Hand, Again!
Write By Hand, Again!
By Tammy Karasek
I love handwriting letters and
cards. I’ve enjoyed doing so for as long as I can remember. I watched my mom
and grandmother faithfully write letters and cards, and it’s a habit I acquired
Were you one for pen pals when
you were younger? My first pen pal when I was ten years old was a girl from New
York I met through a youth magazine. I lived in NE Ohio and was excited to have
a friend in New York. In the back of the magazine a page listed girls seeking pen
pals. Your name and address would appear there and you chose whom you wrote to.
Yes, showing my age on this one. Today we can no longer put a young girl’s name
and address in a magazine.
Through the years I’ve continued writing to friends and family. I send cards for birthdays or a note when someone comes to mind. I expect nothing in return. I feel I’m called to write. It’s like a natural way to flex my writing muscles.
I’m not the only one who sees the value in handwriting a note or letter. There are now National Days, weeks, and months set aside to encourage us to hand write a note. Here are a few:
- Universal Letter Writing Week - Second full week of January
- National Handwriting Day - January 23 each year
- National Card and Letter Writing Month - April
- National Day on Writing - October 20 each year
- National Letter Writing Day - December 7 each year
Fun fact for National Handwriting Day, January 23—it is John Hancock’s birthday. We all remember him—he was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence. His name is often used when someone will ask you for you signature, “Can I have your John Hancock, here?”
Writers, don’t get me wrong, I love my keyboard. But there’s something to the rhythm of handwriting. It causes us to slow down and think of what we’re writing. I know of an author who writes her entire novel by hand first. This becomes her first draft. From those sheets, she types the book into her laptop, correcting along the way. Second draft—done.
I enjoy writing by hand so much, I’ve built a collection of fountain pens and bottles and bottles of colored inks. But that story is for another day. And I’m not tattling on myself regarding the selection of cards and stationery either.
If you’ve ever received a
handwritten note, how did that make you feel? I think of the time it took the
writer to pull out the paper or card, write the note, and send it off to me. I
feel special. I’m guessing you may feel that as well. Wouldn’t you like to send
a hug and a smile in an envelope too?
You’re a writer and know how to use words. You were called to write, but if your calling came to you like mine did in a sermon, I don’t believe the calling said Write a book. More than likely, it was just as my answer from God came—write. Just write. Write it all.
Dear writers, I challenge you this year. Let’s bring back handwritten notes and cards. With so many days that acknowledge the art of handwriting, let’s add that into our writing time as a regular habit. Pray for God to bring to mind a person or two who could use a handwritten note from you this week. If you want to take handwriting further, carry a paper tablet and write your blog posts, articles, or books by hand first.
I must go. It’s my turn to handwrite my friend back in Ohio a note. Oh no! I sound like my grandma who exchanged letters with her sister every other week … but only on her scheduled week, even when she had news to share. Must wait for her turn. Grin.
Photos by Freddy Castro and Aaron Burden on Unsplash
Tammy Karasek uses humor and wit to bring joy and hope to every aspect in life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, drives her passion to encourage and inspire others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s gone from down and defeated to living a “Tickled Pink” life as she believes there’s always a giggle wanting to come out!
When not writing Rom-Com, she’s The Launch Team Geek helping authors launch their books and also a Virtual Assistant for a couple best-selling authors. Her work was published in a Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. She’s also the Social Media Manager for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Founding President and current Vice-President of ACFW Upstate SC, and Founding President of Word Weavers Upstate SC. She’s a writing team member for The Write Conversation Blog, Novel Academy, MBT Monday Devotions, The Write Editing and others. Connect with Tammy at https://www.tammykarasek.com.
Thank you for this! I love it for so many reasons. And I love you! 💞ReplyDelete
Thank you, Maureen! Love ya back! 💗Delete
Love this post. I treasure the handwritten cards and notes from friends and family. Many from those no longer with us are in a keepsake boxReplyDelete
I also have a special box of them. Every couple of years, I pour a big mug of tea and sit and read them. I pray for those still alive. Those who have passed, I thank the Lord for what He allowed them to pour into my life.Delete
There is indeed something special about those handwritten items. Loved the post.ReplyDelete
I love to write by hand. I think there's a purer connection between the heart and the hand than the heart and the keyboard. I gained a penpal in just the same way you did as a kid! Thanks for the memory.ReplyDelete
When I first taught school, long before the internet offered multiple ways to connect with others, I'd partner with a teacher in another state and our students would write letters to each other on the manuscript paper elementary kids used to practice penmanship.
I love that, Candyce! And I, for sure, would have loved to have been in your class! Haha.Delete
I enjoy sending hand-written letters and Christmas cards, too! The loop-de-loop of cursive is so relaxing.ReplyDelete
Love it - loop de loop!Delete