In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils”
There’s no going back to pens and pencils for writers; there’s not even any going back to typewriters. The ease and convenience of computers, being able to insert/correct/change what you write as you write it, and finish with legible copy, is a gift that is just too great to walk away from.
And yet I find myself using pen and paper, and using a typewriter.
All my research notes are handwritten in hardcover notebooks. And while I find it diabolically difficult to locate a particular sentence or reference when I need it, there’s something liberating about being able to leaf through the research instead of having to peer at small sections of it through a glass window.
Similarly, there’s something inordinately inspiring in finishing another page of your manuscript, and of being able to put that page on top of another page, and to see a pile forming. My typing isn’t perfect, and that’s patently obvious in what comes off the machine, but it’s only a first draft for crying out loud: it’s supposed to be rewritten.
I don’t hand-write or type-write entire novels, nor yet entire chapters. But I do take to pen to tackle particularly difficult or important passages, and find that it helps focus my thoughts and channel what needs to be written.