Writing v typing
Writing by hand and typing are two quite different skills. Apart from the mechanical differences, there are also differences in the way you compose and construct the text.
When writing by hand, you have to think about what you’re going to write before putting pen to paper. If you make a lot of mistakes and/or want to move parts of you text around, you have to start again. You often need to make several drafts before producing your finished masterpiece.
When typing on a computer you can start anywhere, correct mistakes easily, rearrange your text to your heart’s content, and run spell checks and grammar checks. Quite a lot of people also print their texts out then check them, make corrects, print, correct, print, ad infinitum.
I used to write letters – on paper with a pen – to family and friends regularly. Since 1994, when I starting using email and got my first computer, writing letters by hand has been something I very rarely do. These days I do almost all my writing on a computer, apart from the odd note here and there and doodles.
So my question for you is, are texts written by hand different from those typed on a computer?