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1. Write by Hand: NaNoWriMo Tip #8

Some writers have discovered that writing a your manuscript by hand can produce better results than simply typing your novel.

Experiment as you write your quota for the day–write by hand and compare to the work you typed earlier this week. Lifehacker collected a few scientific reasons why writing works better than typing:

Dr. Virginia Berniger, who studies reading and writing systems and their relationship to learning processes, found that children’s writing ability was consistently better (they wrote more, faster, and more complete sentences) when they used a pen rather than a keyboard; these are, of course, subjects without a penchant for using either tool … The difference, Berniger notes, may lie in the fact that with writing, you use your hand to form the letters (and connect them), thereby more actively engaging the brain in the process. Typing, on the other hand, involves just selecting letters by pressing identical-looking keys.

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