I often find myself mindlessly doodling psukim from Tanach on paper (especially Tehillim). Is there any way I can do this without making the paper sheimos?

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    Ideally you shouldn't be "mindlessly doodling psukim". They're not verses to be written on a page and then discarded, mindlessly.
    – ezra
    Oct 4, 2018 at 3:24

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As Ezra already commented you shouldn't be "mindlessly doodling psukim".

See the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 23:13 - סימן כח - הלכות ספר תורה ושאר ספרי קדש - who says that it's forbidden to write a verse without first lining the paper.

סעיף יג': אָסוּר לִכְתֹּב פָּסוּק בְּלִי שִׂרְטוּט (עַיֵּן מָגֵן אַבְרָהָם סִימָן ל"ב סָעִיף קָטֹן ז')‏

All the more so it should be forbidden to doodle disregarding any lines that may be there.

As you can see from the Mishna Berura 32:20 that the problem is not only writing an entire verse, but even writing 3 words from a verse without adhering to the lines is fobidden.

כ) שיטה עליונה - משום דתפילין אין עליה הלמ"מ לשרטט כמו מזוזה רק משום דאסור לכתוב ג' תיבות מפסוק בלי שרטוט


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