Not sure if this topic is of any interest but I thought I’d post it.
Writers use pens, right?
Feedback would be great.
I am one of those people that feel that what you write with has a significant effect on the art itself. I’m stuck writing with a humdrum Bic ballpen this morning because I forgot my other pens at home. Sometimes my brain overlooks the small things at 5:30am.
There’s something to be said regarding a pen that writes effortlessly.
Whether it’s the steady flow of black ink on the page or possibly the familiar feel in the hand of an old friend, the type of writing instrument I use is crucial to the physical act itself. That’s not to say you need to run out and buy a $4500 Krone 18k DaVinci fountain pen but there’s an endless supply of affordable pens on the market today.
They truly make the simple act of writing a pure pleasure.
This is a list of a few pens that find their way into my hand on a daily basis:
Aurora Fountain (med nib) – a modestly priced fountain with an 18k nib. I’ve found that using a converter is much better than a cartridge. Pair this pen with some Aurora ink and it’s a small slice of heaven spilling on paper.
Namiki Vanishing Point – a “clickable” fountain pen that can go into a shirt pocket with no worry about leaking. This pen writes as well as my Aurora and was half the price.
Conklin Rollerball – I bought this pen on a whim one day. I get lazy about filling my pens occasionally and this roller is the next best thing to a fountain. It’s a cool swirled purple color, too.
I like to use pen and paper for first drafts and do a first edit when I finally put the piece into Word. By the time it hits my blog, I’ve already edited twice.
It seems to work for me.
I’m curious to know what the writing process is for other writers.
I find the creative process fascinating anyway and it’s amazing what you can learn from someone else’s routine.
And if you’re still using a ball pen, give up the ghost; you’re working way too hard.