A Pen For My Thoughts
For this slice of life story I didn't have to look any further than my left hand. I was holding the idea right there -and my deeper thoughts followed. In my current lockdown life, such thoughts are thankfully continuing to present themselves for consideration. Contemplation in isolation.
I am pen particular. My pen of choice is a Uniball Gel Impact pen with black ink. Always black ink. Must be black ink. It is the pen I mostly choose when writing. It feels comfortable in my hand. When I am writing with this pen, words seem to flow more easily. They effortlessly spill across the page. I actually feel like I am speed writing. Being left handed, this continues to be my most glorious delusion. I also have a Lamy fountain pen which also uses black ink cartridges. I do like writing with this pen too. It has become accustomed to my left handedness. I would never a let a right hander use it. Call me fussy. It won’t change my thinking on pen sharing.
Not for me a pen of questionable origin, no generic biro with a chewed end. No novelty pen. As with the choice of your writer’s notebook, your choice of pen is a critical consideration. I have found what works best for me and I am only prepared to entrust my word gathering to these particular pens.
I don’t feel comfortable with fine point pens. They have a resistance my heavy hand finds disconcerting. I choose the 1 mm pen that glides and slides across the pages of my writer’s notebook. The page disappears under words rapidly emerging from my pen. I have a pen friend! I buy them in lots of four. I am fearful of running out of ink. They do not last long, and they cost more than conventional pens, but such is my pen obsession. It is not uncommon for me to have three or four lodged in my shirt pocket at any one time. ‘Got enough pens?’ fellow writers ask. ‘I hope so’ I reply.
I was not surprised to discover that a number of the young writers I meet in schools have already developed a definite views on pens. I feel much easier for knowing this.
I also carry a small pencil case with markers, coloured pencils, and highlighters. I use these to draw attention to words, to spark up my writing and to highlight words, phrases or ideas in my notebook. I can also use them to create a connection between particular entries.
All writers have their idiosyncrasies. I have no problem admitting I have a penchant for pens of a particular style and ink of a certain colour. Write on...