WordPress.com’s Daily Prompt asked recently: “When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?”
Well, this is handwritten (with a black Pilot Metropolitan fine inked with Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite, which is a nice dark blue) and a journal entry of sorts. in the past, I used the computer to write most things, like blog posts and story outlines. But getting away from the keyboard has allowed me to slow down and think through what I need to say.
I also found that the computer and internet very distracting. There was just one more thing I needed to check or respond to. In the end, the hour I set aside for writing was sucked up through the interwebs and I got no writing done for the day.
I find something magical about the feel of pen on paper. The flow of ink as the metal flies across the page fills me with glee as well as a deep sense of satisfaction.
And it’s permanent. I only use ink, most notably fountain pens, when I write, so I cannot erase it. My thoughts are there forever, whether I am proud of what I wrote or not. But that’s besides the point. The permanency forces me to think about what I want to say and the act of writing forces me to slow down, so they work together.
However, as much as I love pen and paper, not all of my writing is done on paper. It’s impractical unfortunately and work requirements force me to work at the speed of light. So, the computer offers a quicker turnaround on work-related writing. One day I’ll experiment to see if my work product is better when I write it out with my fountain pen (or any writing instrument, really) vs the computer.
Finally, all my personal writing is done with pen and paper, although the fountain pens are a newer addition. I look forward to finding the newest paper, hunting for the best inks, and using it all with my favorite fountain pens. You can’t see me right now but I’m smiling like a fool over the thought of my journals and I have my pen holder open, ready to write at a moment’s notice.
So why do I use pen and paper? Because it simply makes me happy.