Pen that died during the first draft of Submerged
I’ve been writing by hand a lot lately. I find it really good for first drafts, because there’s no going back. I can’t rewrite the same scene over and over (not without giving myself cramp, anyway). I can’t go back and change a character’s name or motivation or emotional state. Sometimes I add a note in the margin, so I know to change it when I type it up. I have no choice but to keep plowing on through that first draft. Because that’s the only way to get it done.
So, I wanted to write a bit of an ode to my ballpoint pen of choice. Oh, pen, how I love thee.
For years I just wrote with whatever I could get hold of. From one extreme (pens that left lumps of ink on the page and my fingertips) to the other (pens that made me write the same letter over and over again, hoping they would eventually leave ink on the page). But no more. I now buy one brand of pen. And they’re my writing pens. They’re not used for grocery lists or birthday cards or signing the kids’ homework books.
I am in love with the Uni Laknock ballpoint from the Mitsubishi Pencil Co. It has a comfy rubber grip and the ink flows smoothly. I like the 1.0mm nib in blue. I can crank out a good 30,000 words without going insane. They’re not super cheap (coming in at around the $4 mark) but so worth it.
I’ve never seen boxes of them, but apparently they do exist and OfficeMax has them, so I might have to check them out. Because I don’t think I’m quitting any time soon.