Have we forgotten how to write from the heart – and hand?

Much as I love the online environment because it offers so many varied opportunities to communicate via the written word, I can’t help wondering if its sheer “high-tech-ness” isn’t slowly strangling the poetry and romance out of writing as those of us who, like all children of the Ming Dynasty, experienced when writing before the digital age.

Have we forgotten how to write from the heart - and hand?

I quite like the discipline. Every word and sentence is written by me, from the heart.

The sheer anarchy and textual diarrhoea enabled by keyboards (and by that I mean typewriters, too, although they were rather a half-way house between writing by hand and what we do now) have obviated our need to think first and write later.

With this wonderful technology that allows us to ramble on at 120 words or more per minute we simply whack down whatever comes into our heads and then repent, or at least edit, at leisure. [Read more…]

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