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Ayaz Author

Writing is a great brain dump exercise. The best thing is when you write down nagging thoughts, the mind gets cleared, you get great ideas, and your creativity is let loose.

Jotting down thoughts for future reference definitely helps, that is what I meant by 'writing acting as notes'. It applies not only to coding but also to life in general. I wanted to make the article more general in scope but I stuck to dev theme.

I am also old school and love pen and paper writing. It's completely distraction-free. It is also very soothing and calming almost therapeutic. But its real benefits come when you free your surroundings from all electronics.

If you are writing on paper and intermittently checking your phone, tablet or glancing up at a TV screen, it defeats the whole purpose. You should rather be detached from all devices in every way and be completely immersed in your writing. It should be just you, your thoughts and paper to write on, and that can work wonders for you.

I have written a similar article on Medium with slightly a different and more general tone.

medium.com/@ayezahmed101/how-refle...

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It also not small thing the physical feedback, the smell of the paper and the ink; the feel of the nib in the paper; the sound, man! I love the sound and don't let me start talking about ink colors, brands and textures; nib types and kinds of papers and how all play together. It's a whole can of worms, a whole hobbit on itself.

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It definitely is a great experience being more natural and real and it gives great pleasure.