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What Do You Write With?

Written by on Monday, October 31st, 2016. Filed Under: Writing

As a writer and occasional speaker, I live and breathe words, both figuratively and literally. Engaging others with words is what I love to do. To accomplish effective communication, I need proper tools of the trade. I need writing implements, both hardware and software, along with the training to properly construct the most relevant word combinations, which are all dependent on my target audience.

I’ve spent over two decades of my life playing with pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, journals, notepads, software, hardware, books, worksheets, workshops, tips, tricks, cheats, hacks, and various other endeavors to find my creative voice and the best balance of word efficiency and effectiveness dependent on what piece I’m compiling at any given time.

This has led me on an adventure down various paths, finding what feels like hundreds of writing implement brands, from the tried and true #2 pencils from Ticonderoga, or the more permanent equivalent-the Bic pen. I’ve gone from the sci-fi-esque Fisher bullet space pen, to the now impractical nib pen with inkwell. My pockets have carried a lot of Pilot Varsity fountain pens, and I’ve dabbled with Prismacolor’s premier fine line markers. I’ll happily buy a pack of Pentel’s Techniclick in preparation for classes, or for when I need to outline some quick and dirty notes for an article or story scene. And then there are the Sharpie pens with the fine felt tip for regular writing-just so long as you don’t press too hard, or the nib part will bend awkwardly and you have to start writing at an angle after that.

Each implement has its own style and feel and usage depending on what I’m writing at the time and where I happen to be. Some work better on different papers. Some are better for work compared to hobby sketching or note taking. Some take a beating better than others while traveling or for just tossing in your bag or purse rather than leaving on a desk. All pens are not created equal. If they were, there wouldn’t be so many brands available. That’s why the cup holding my writing implements has a dozen brands or so in there, to ensure I have the right tool for each piece I work on.

I keep leaning towards the sturdier pens and pencils, designed with more technical purposes in mind. I need a writing implement that can take a beating; my writing comes when and where I squeeze it into my day, usually on the go or in-between obligations and meetings. There’s no time to fuss about with leaking pens or snapped lead. I’m all about the brands that embody: You have a story to write? Use me to write it, right here, right now.