Monday, January 2, 2012
What's your favorite pen?
When I first began writing books, I did it the old-fashioned way by writing the words on the page. There's something so satisfying about forming the words with your hands. To this day, when I get stuck on a scene, I'll take pen and pad in hand and plunk down on the sunporch until I get it right.
Let's talk pens.
I like a pen that glides across a page. A good pen shouldn't require you to mash the point into the page to get a result. A good pen allows the ink to flow in a smooth manner, no globs or goobers. I had a few mistakes with felt tip pens when I stopped to think. I'd look down and there'd be a dark spot obliterating a key point I'd already conjured from the story ether.
A good pen is lightweight. Coming out of a quality assurance background where I had to sign my name hundreds of times a day, I learned that a heavy pen will wear you out. For me, lightweight is best.
Medium point works best for me, because using a fine point means I need my reading glasses.
And I like a comfy grip. Not too squishy, but indented a little bit here and there.
I get bored with black ink too. I like a good blue and a red, and I've been known to sport a dark green or a deep purple as well. I prefer the contrast of darker inks.
Do you like the clip-on part? Do you care if the point is retractable? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
coming in March: Death, Island Style and Murder in the Buff