I am sure we all thought that stammering only existed in speech. In today’s article, Partha Bagchi, Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre, Bangalore, explores the rare phenomenon of pen stammering.

“PEN STAMMERING?!?!?!?!?!”   

 Yes, you guessed it right. “Pen stammering” is the not-so-common form of stammering or stuttering that happens when a person is writing. Let us explore and illuminate ourselves on this interesting and bizarre type of stammering with Partha Bagchi.




Pen stammering is a relatively rare type of stammering or stuttering that occurs while writing. Contrary to the popular notion that stammering is due to a problem in the mouth, tongue or other speech organs, stammering has been shown to occur in the hands as well in some special stuttering cases. Typically when a person with pen stammering writes, the person’s tip of the pen stops abruptly and then restarts to complete the word or letter he/she is writing with much force and struggle just as a person would do when he/she stammers to get the words out of his mouth. It appears as if the normal flow or fluency of writing is hampered by a stammering-like occurrence, hence the name pen stammering.  

The reason this pen stammering occurs is related to the actual phenomenon of stammering or stuttering in speech. While writing a word or sound (letter), a fluent person requires forming the words using his/her speech organs. For instance, when one has to write the word “FLOWER”, the speech organs including the vocal cords and lips start to function as if they are actually saying the word “FLOWER”. The same mechanism gets triggered when one has to read a word in their mind. This process is very easily observable in small children who are learning to read and write a language.

In people who stammer, the same process is triggered while reading and writing. While reading aloud, the person stammers or stutters on the words or sounds and that is heard by all. If the same reads in their minds, the person may choose to skip the mind or they may show some disturbed or erratic behavioural response to the word that they may experience stammering or stuttering in. In pen stammering, they write and express their stammering or stuttering of the same word or letter as a hesitation or “stuckness” while writing that word. It looks as if their hand would just not move to continue writing the word because the word has not been completely articulated by their speech organs.

After having read all this with a curious and confused mind, you must be wondering why it is hardly noticed, reported or even written about. The reason for its oblivion is that while somebody is writing, hardly anybody notices if they show signs of pen stammering. Usually it is noticed more in children and with time, they are able to master the art of writing as adults. But according to an author, pen stammering is considered a rarity in all cultures but it has existed ever since humans began to communicate using spoken and written language, i.e. it has existed for thousands and thousands of years.  To know more about pen stammering, continue to follow my future blogs on

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Top 10 Tips on Stammering Cure by Partha Bagchi


Are you suffering from stammering? Is talking to others your biggest fear?

Are you tensed, humiliated, depressed and have lost all hope in life due to your stammering?


Partha Bagchi helps you to overcome your stammering no matter how old or how severe your stuttering is. Here are the top 10 tips by Partha Bagchi to help you overcome your stammering :

1. Believe in yourself that you too have the right and the ability to speak stammer-free.

2. Life is too short to be sad and worrying about your stammering. Try to be cheerful and lively, instead of thinking negatively and pessimistically.

3. Don’t make stammering your reality. If you think you will stammer then you are most likely to do so. Instead think that there is a chance that probably this time around things are going to be different. You may not face stammering at all.

4. Being relaxed and staying relaxed helps your body and mind to work in tandem and help you voice out your heart.

5. Don’t beat yourself up if you stammer a few times. Focus on the number of words that you spoke fluently, which when compared to the number of words you stammer in, is huge!!!

6. Breathe, for it is the essence of life and it is what is going to help you speak fluently. When your body is tensed, your breathing becomes restricted. Relax yourself in order to breathe fully and to keep your breath while speaking.

7. Keep your mind calm so that your mind is totally free and aware.

8. Rather than concentrating on your stammering, keep your focus on connecting with the person and feel the difference in your speaking experience instantly.

9. If the root of stammering lies in fear, then it is time to apply the age-old remedy for fear – FACING IT HEAD ON. Once you confront the feared object or activity, the fear vanishes like thin smoke.


10. Think about all the things that can go right for you while speaking to someone instead of thinking about the worst possibilities that can only pose problems for you.



For more information on stammering or stuttering and to clear your doubts feel free to visit Partha Bagchi’s website or you can also write to share your views and ideas to