Pen, pencil, or keyboard?

Every writer has his or her (hir?) preferred writing utensil.  Hemingway supposedly wrote standing up with a pencil.  The Mad Hatter has his writing desk.  Lady Byron’s black, fading ink is spilled all over fancy papers at the Harry Ransom Center.

I myself like all three.  I take notes in books in pencil because it seems less intrusive.  I take notes in class with a black Bic ballpoint pen that I also use to write in my journal.  I write my papers on the computer because I’m usually writing at the last minute and don’t have time to re-write.  I’m also writing my book mostly on the computer (though substantial portions in draft exist only in handwritten notes).

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to writing.  My niece (like myself at her age) insists that the paper be removed from crayons before they are used.  My uncle speaks into his computer’s microphone and the computer “writes” the words.  Back in the day, I refused to use pens until my teachers made me (and then I used RSVP pens, not because I liked them, but because they were the popular girls’ pen-of-choice).

It’s interesting to consider who writes with what when.  I have a hunch that writing utensils affect the type of writing that gets produced, but I’m operating solely on anecdotal evidence.  ‘Twill be interesting to explore more fully in later posts.

And because I can’t get through this post without geeking out, Chris Carrabba (of Dashboard Confessional) is reuniting with Further Seems Forever.  Guess what this emo-nerd will be listening to tonight?  Use the new Google mind-reading search feature (it’s creepy!) for more information.