My kids would tell you it’s because I’m “old.” That may be true… I am old (-er than them). There are myriad reasons that I write with a fountain pen, just as there are myriad reasons I cannot wean myself away from my paper calendar (used in conjunction with my electronic calendar) and my paper contact list and my notebook of daily to-dos. Plain and simple, I like the feeling of using a pen. I like the connection to the paper. I feel as though my thoughts flow more easily when I have a pen in my hand.
I compose my blogs all on the screen, but I typically will write notes for my editorial calendar in longhand in a notebook. Why? I think better when I am not staring at a computer screen and that helps me access my thoughts and my fountain pen is the delivery system to my notebook to capture them. When I sit down to write a blog post, I open my idea journal, flip to the editorial calendar that resides there and I blog.
When I am angry, or hurt or sad I turn to my journal. I wrote a lot when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I kept up that journal to capture my every thought or feeling, both good and bad. It is my way of looking back and realizing that I came through it. I am still here. It is the reason why I write my daily gratitudes before I go to sleep at night. If I were sitting in front of a computer screen I don’t think I could be as honest with my thoughts. A fountain pen and paper keeps me honest with myself.
I am a pen hoarder, er, collector. No matter where I go I am looking to pilfer a pen, especially if it’s blue ink or some other interesting color or design. I never enter a store without making a detour to the pen aisle. Even though I love my fountain pen, when I was in Boston recently I went to a store and bought a journal and a pen that purports, “you can write for seven miles.” Whether that is true, I don’t know and I am not sure I’m good enough in math to determine how many miles my loopy handwriting has traversed. It is intriguing to think that I “wrote for one and a half miles today” rather than, I penned 2,000 words.
What do you write with? Do you have a love affair with office supplies? I’d love to hear about it! It is a Boomer thing? To use pen and paper?