I am always a fan of good penmanship, so it pleases me whenever I see someone like Jake Weidmann, who has become the youngest person ever to receive the title of master penman (by three decades).

His work is pretty impressive as you can see and the result of a LOT of practice, dedication and of course, talent.

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He says that:

“one of the oldest romances is between the eye and the hand”

Which I think is true, even as we move away from the pen and towards more technological replacements. It is the practical sense we get from working with our hands that makes it so satisfying.

As a writer it’s not just the words that I love. It’s the letters, the shapes, and the rhythms they create. Writing can be as much an art form as a rational thought process.

Beyond writing, I believe that by putting pen to paper you are giving yourself the opportunity to explore. Do you know what will be created when the tip touches the paper? No. It’s exciting. You’re free to play. And play is good.

Doodling is a great habit. It actually makes us better listeners, encourages better information retention and higher levels of concentration and gets us closer to those coveted “a-ha” moments (Sunni Brown, author of “The Doodle Revolution).

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Rather than being a sign of disengagement or distraction, doodling keeps our mind occupied and focused, she argues. That makes it a perfect tool for brainstorming or concepting…

So, perhaps if you see someone doodling in a meeting, remember that they aren’t trying to be rude. That they are listening – probably more intently than anyone else, and what’s more, they are the ones most likely to be taking the information in.

And that is why doodling is dope!

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