My Writing History Is Best Told Through Handwriting
Aditi Malhotra tells us about how handwriting has been a through line in her friendships, shows how handwriting can be incorporated into a generative practice, and offers some tried-and-tested stress-relief postures for happy handwriters.
Hopefully, I’ll crawl back into a space of sacred semblance
Table pose and cat/cow
Table post and cat/cow with inverted wrist stretch
Table pose and cat/cow with fists
Child’s pose with hand in prayer
Writing Down the Bones.
Don’t handwrite alone! If you write by hand, tell us what draws you to the practice? Do you follow any techniques to keep your hands fit, your writing fine? Where do you draw the line?
Aditi Malhotra is a writer, freelance journalist, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a professional juggler of many editorial hats. Currently, she’s writing a book on epilepsy from a public health perspective at Hesperian Health Guides. Her news writing and narrative nonfiction has appeared in Huffington Post, PBS Newshour, theAtlantic.com, Hechinger Report and Wall Street Journal, among others. She also writes poetry, fictional prose, and performs spoken word. Her work spans intersections of gender and migration, mental health and education, food and identity, and books!
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