Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Joy of the Fountain Pen

I'm really excited today, because I got in two new fountain pens. They are both Lami Safari's with a F and EF nib. Why am I so excited that I'm writing a blog post about this? Because my old fountain pen died because I thought I could be smart and fix the tines

Anyways, I have been without a trusty fountain pen for a couple weeks now, so I've been doing all my writing on the computer. "But Michael," you would say, "why don't you just use a ballpoint." To which I would respond. "Ick!"

For my readers (all 3 of you) who have not had the joy of using a fountain pen, I encourage you all to get one. They write so smooth and requite so little pressure to make a line come out that it's just a beautiful thing. Then when you go back to a ballpoint, it just makes me want to throw the pen against the wall.

And because these pens are so fun to write with, I find I do a lot more of my drafting on paper instead of on a computer. And this actually, I think, has a great benefit to a writer. When you work on paper, you most likely write slower then you type. Or at least I do. So instead of cranking out 3000 words an hour, I'm forced to put the brakes on and think about what I'm doing. Plus it's just a different feeling, and I think I even tap into a different subconscious when working with paper vs. the machine.

Another benefit, is that you can easily curl up on the couch under a blanket with your notebook and brand new fountain pen and have at it. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace (me, not so much) it can be even better.

So I highly recommend fountain pens for all writers, if only to make the handwriting portion of our work more fun so we do it more often.

I leave you with pictures of my two babies!


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