Mybe if I had a Fountain Pen



I’ve been reading a lot of posts lately, and getting personal advice, about writing freehand. Now, I see the benefits, and the idea appeals to me. But, why would I do that when I would then have to type it all into my manuscript anyway, I don’t have time for that!

Yes, I know that’s not the point. It’s about being direct with the paper, literally seeing and feeling your ideas leave you and become something tangible. It’s quite poetic. And honestly, I fell like if I had a good fountain pen I would be more willing to pick up this practice. I mean I’m sure we all have out favorite types of pen, I know I do, I’m a roller-ball type of girl, uni-ball is my preferred brand (the jetstream and vision elite!). But really, nothing beats the feel of the fountain pens that I would use while in school in England.

My beloved pen had a sturdy yet basic construct, and a sheep on the cap. It was adorable. And how can you beat the feel of the ink flowing from the nib. You can’t! I have tired on a number of occasions to replace my sheep pen, my English friend has even sent me replacements, but they just don’t seem to last. And finding ink replacements here is relatively challenging. And finding a fountain pen that isn’t ridiculously expensive here is quite the challenge too, which I don’t understand. Why the aversion to fountain pens America!?

Maybe I’ll ask for a nice fountain pen for Christmas. . .

Anyway, does this little rant make sense to you? How much influence does your writing utensil have in deciding if you write freehand or type?


11 thoughts on “Mybe if I had a Fountain Pen

  1. Sometimes I can be more productive when I write in my notebook – those are the days I sit in front of the computer and nothing works. I really don’t have a preferred pen – at my house anything that actually works will get the job done.


    • Ya, this week I am not feeling the creativity flow. I may finally give this freehand thing a try and see if it unlocks anything within me. And it’s super hot this week, so I will need something to do as I seek refuge in the AC of a Starbucks.


  2. Oh, you’re a woman after my own heart.
    When it comes to writing by hand, I prefer Papermate profile pens. They’re ballpoint and are so smooth it feels like I’m not writing at all.
    When I do any sort of timelining, I do it on poster board and require a thin Sharpie in a variety of colors.
    I word in the medical field, so I’m required to write in black ink, which is now a habit, but I do like to branch out into blue and purple occasionally.
    As for writing by hand in general, I rarely do it for anything that’s going directly into the manuscript, unless pen and paper are all I have handy. Writing by hand, for me, is for brainstorming and plotting. I feel that the ideas flow better with a pen/paper than the more “clinical” feeling of the computer.


  3. I dunno about a fountain pen, but I used to be a diehard writer-first-type-later advocate. And then I graduated high school, ya know? Everyone had a laptop by then, and writing by pen and paper just became so much more inconvenient than it was worth.

    I’ll tell you what, though – I do all my best editing by printing out my manuscript and then hand-writing in all my edits, transferring them to the file later. That’s the method that works best for me.


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