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?