This is one of those subjects that comes up a lot in Chinese studies, whether or not to learn to write traditional or simplified characters. Personally i say learning to read them is a must for many reasons but that's another topic. But learning to write them is still not a top priority for me and must say its on the bottom on my list. I do all the writing drills in the npcr but pretty much stop there. I think learning to write pinyin is superior in many ways (easier , pc friendly.....).
Is it worth the time to spend hours upon hours learning to write a handful of characters when that time can be used on reading and speaking practice? Maybe if your goal is to write them of course but for the average person learning to speak and read Chinese is it really worth it? How often would you be writing it down on a daily basis?
Interested hearing others thoughts on it.