»Hand+writing=happiness« is the magic formula for the 5th Long Night of Writing in the German-speaking world. It is organised by the „Initiative for Writing“ and invites stationers, bookshops, libraries, educational institutions, schools and every writing fan to take part in the Long Night of Writing.
In our current times, small moments of happiness are often the greatest. Writing by hand can make you feel happy and connected to the present moment. This applies to the act of writing, which can trigger feelings of happiness, as well as engaging the mind in reflecting, remembering and formulating. What leads to written narration is recorded and could be read again and again. At the same time, however, the choice of writing tools also plays a major role in achieving a perfect writing experience. The exquisite Hahnemühle Iconic or Manuscript notebooks with their smooth watermark paper, together with the exclusive Hahnemühle writing instruments, are particularly appealing writing accessories.
A particularly beautiful and creative way to write yourself towards happiness is FREE WRITING. No bulky topic or a large white sheet in a notebook will slow down your writing happiness. Free writing is not about perfectly formulated ideas, but about the flow of thoughts from your mind through the pen onto the paper – without effort and, above all, without putting it down. This creative writing technique has a connection to art, more precisely to French surrealism. In “écriture automatique” or “automatic writing”, everything was written down without rules or guidelines in a certain amount of time, without setting down the pen.
The “Long Night of Writing” is an invitation: maybe you’d like to give free writing a try. A premium notebook from Hahnemühle with velvety soft, smooth pages as in a Hahnemühle 1584 notebook is ideal for this. Make it your very own free writing archive! It’s also important to have a pen that fits comfortably in your hand so that you can glide effortlessly across the paper – whether it’s a fountain pen, rollerball or biros. And a stopwatch or timer – that’s all you need. Your free writing experiment can begin: 5 or 10 minutes of non-stop writing let your thoughts flow unordered and unevaluated. You can have small free writing sessions again and again.
By the way, many universities offer these “Long Nights of Writing”once in a while – as creative writing training sessions. The US writing teacher Ken Macrorie used them in the 1970s and is the inventor of the term Free Writing. The “inner voice” is made to sound, ideas are developed and problems are solved in the flow of writing. And with that, writing simply makes you happy.