Mandarin Cafe Blog
The Chinese language does not have an alphabet. Instead, it has characters. It is important to learn these characters and develop your Chinese writing abilities, be it by computer or by hand. For beginners, a major problem is the character composition and the stroke order. But more advanced learners find it more important to improve their writing accuracy.
If you want to improve your writing skills and develop beyond speaking Chinese, you have to focus on two things: exposure to the written Chinese and practice, in that order if possible. In addition to this if you want to learn to write and read Chinese, you have to learn the components (parts of characters) and parts of words (characters). If you learn only a few combinations, it will be impossible for you to master Mandarin, because there is a high number of combinations you can make.