1) Keep a journal - This is probably the most obvious place to start, but the traditional journal may not be for everyone. If you feel uncomfortable committing your thoughts and feelings to paper, or if you just feel that you don't have anything to write about, consider keeping a log of weather observations, books read, movies watched, birds seen, or anything else that interests you. Or check out books such as How to Make a Journal of Your Life by D. Price or Raw Art Journaling by Quinn McDonald for simple and alternative ideas to get started with a journal.
2) Doodle - Doodling can help us concentrate and remember information, and at the very least, enliven a boring meeting or class (I know I filled many page margins with doodles in my school years). This is probably something that many of you do already, but my suggestion is to practice it in a more conscious way. Keep a favourite pen and a pocket notebook nearby and reach for them whenever you have a spare second or feel the urge to doodle. Perhaps this notebook of doodles will even become the start of an art journal.
3) Practice sketching the world around you - For many years I believed that I couldn't draw, but when I finally gave it a try, I was surprised at what I could do. I'm sure that many people would discover something similar if they gave it a try as well. And even if your sketches turn out awful, who cares? I think that flawed sketches are more interesting than perfect ones anyway. If you need ideas of things to sketch, try Danny Gregory's EDM Challenges.
4) Start a commonplace book - A commonplace book is a place where you collect favourite quotes, reference information, and other odds and ends (I mostly use mine to collect favourite poems). The D*I*Y Planner website has a great 2-part article on what a commonplace book is and how you can keep one (though I actually kept one for years before I even knew what it was called). I think that the commonplace book is a great option for anyone who likes the idea of keeping a journal, but doesn't have anything they want to write about. And yes, you could save this kind of information in a file on your computer, but a commonplace book is more fun, and writing out favourites quotes and poems by hand is a better way to connect with and understand another writer's words.
5) Plan - Make a to-do list or keep a planner. While I've used both digital and paper planning systems, I've found that using a paper planner helps me to see my tasks in a more focused, concrete setting. There is also something very satisfying about checking off or crossing out a task once I have completed it. There are many different styles of planners available to buy, or you can browse the very informative D*I*Y Planner website for other ideas. And if traditional planners don't interest you, you can try the Bullet Journal. (I've written many posts about my DIY planner and Bullet Journal, and you can find them all in my Productivity tab.)
6) Take notes - If you're used to taking notes digitally, try using pen (or pencil) and paper instead. I believe that the act of writing things down by hand engages different parts of our brains than typing does, and helps us to remember and understand material better. Writing also slows us down, forcing us to be more selective in our note-taking and focus only on the most important material. And even if you're not a student, probably most people need to do research and take notes occasionally.
7) Improve your handwriting - You may not be interested in learning calligraphy, but I've found that simply practicing my cursive handwriting is a soothing and relaxing activity. I also find it fun to play around with different styles of handwriting (this activity is kind of like doodling). Even if you don't care about impressing people with your fancy handwriting, if you're spending more time writing by hand, then at some point you're probably going to need to read over what you've written, so ensuring that your handwriting is clear and legible will help make that easier.
8) Write drafts - If you write blog posts, articles, short stories, or anything else, try writing your first drafts by hand on paper, rather than on the computer. As I mentioned above, writing by hand engages different parts of your brain and may help you to be more creative. Turning off the computer reduces distractions and the lack of a backspace button may encourage you to be more spontaneous and turn off the inner critic.. I write nearly all of my first drafts by hand (or at least start writing them that way) and I do find it very helpful.
9) Remember things - Keep a pen and a pocket notebook near you at all times, and when you think of something that you want to remember, write it down immediately. This way, you won't forget any important tasks, and all of those neat ideas that come to you throughout the day won't disappear.
10) Write pen reviews! - If you're truly a geek about pens, pencils, and writing by hand, then you may want to share that passion with the world. Start a blog and write reviews of all of the pens, pencils, and notebooks you come across to let everyone else know what you think of them. (The photo above is from 2012 and shows all of my pen review writing samples from my first three (or so) years with this blog.)
What do you do to get yourself writing by hand more? Is this even an issue for you? What suggestions would you add to my list?