Does Writing Make Us Smarter? How About Typing?. don’t give up cursive writing just yet : the brain may benefit. Myself, i fill pages & pages with my beautiful pens, i love the feel of putting pen to paper (pretty journals or just spiral notebooks – it’s satisfying for sure) I can write beautifully and thoughtfully or make it quick with my own style of shorthand. I love the pen and paper, glad to know it’s not wasted time!!!!