That title sounds a bit dramatic, I don't mean it to be :)
I've spoken before about how I found that Skritter was certainly a helpful tool for learning hanzi but that it often just wasn't really ramming home the ability to write something by hand. It's a combination of things including learning how to game Skritter.
I've an exam tomorrow, which I should blast through but I've been taking no chances this weekend. So I went through the text book, covered up the hanzi and attempted to write each character. I should stress I've studied the whole vocab to death in Skritter in cram mode - we're talking about stuff learned ages ago.
There was probably 2-3 characters in each chapter I got wrong. So I dutifully compiled a list of the things I got wrong and sat there and write out lines of the damn things. Next day I repeat and see if it worked, and yep it has.
Which me to thinking if there's not some merit in a sort of bad ass exam mode. No guessing at the damn radical with a vague swipe etc. It's just a thought, I hardly think it's a disaster practising on paper - in fact it has good merit. So just thinking aloud here :)