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February 4, 2016
Celebrating the Physical Act of Writing

In a world dominated by laptops and smartphones it would seem that writing longhand is as retro as a dusty Bob Dylan vinyl.

With that being said, there are many authors who have abandoned traditional technology in favor of the old pen and paper. In fact, Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s entirely in pencil.

Cecilia Ahern, author of PS I Love You uses

“pen and paper because I love the physical act of writing – and that you can sit down anywhere and do it longhand. I can write pretty much anywhere.”

Longhand celebrates the original artistic form of writing. It liberates the author from modern distractions. There is no ping from emails interrupting the creative flow. When an artist touches pen to paper the emphasis shifts from the project to each individual word. The process becomes more intimate.

Author Lee Rourke explains, “I find that writing longhand I can enter a zone of comfort I find hard to achieve when sitting in front of a screen – I find typing annoying, if I'm honest, not the mechanics of it, but the sound. The constant tap-tap-tap-tap on the keyboard reminds me of all the offices I've worked in. The sound bores into me, it fills me with an anxiety I could do without. I feel like I'm signing off invoices rather than writing my next novel.”

A computer screen displays the finished edition, after all of the edits. However, a handwritten manuscript is a sort of map of the writer’s thoughts. Every doodle in the margins, every crossed out line, highlights the path that led the artist to completion.

There is something about the pulsating cursor of a word processor that seems to demand from the artist. “Perform! Produce!” Art is an organic process that cannot be rushed, or interrupted. Just as in Van Gogh’s TheStarry Night, the beauty is in the brushstrokes.

It is no longer necessary to place boundaries on the physical act of writing. The We-Inspire pen looks and feels like a standard ballpoint pen, yet allows you to transfer your work to into your meeting and onto the weinspire board in seconds.

Finally, the nostalgia of traditional pen and paper combined with the convenience of modern day technology. Ahh, the best of both worlds.

Click here to find out more about the new We-Inspire pen.