For the Love of Writing!
For those of you who don’t know, I love to write.
And by “write,” I mean picking up a pen and physically moving it across a blank sheet of paper (preferable college ruled). There’s just something about brushing the side of your hand against the crisp texture of the sheet as you glide the pen across it, leaving behind the marks that are your thoughts, your feelings, your words. It’s practically an artform in and of itself (I’m just talking about reguar writing, here, not calligraphy, which I know is an artform), and it’s one that I fear is dying with the rise of electronic media – but that is a topic for a different time!
No, today, I’m going to talk about pens – specifically, how you know if the pen with which you use to write is a proper writing instrument or not (See? I can talk properly when I so choose. ;P).
Those of you who actualy write will most likely agree, but it really is amazing how the quality of a pen can affect the quality of your writing – and I’m not just talking about if it writes well or not. There are actually a lot of factors involved with choosing the right pen, and today, I’m going to go over the top three.
Let’s begin, shall we?
1. First and foremost is the size. No matter what others might say, size does matter when it comes to choosing the right pen. Your pen must fit your hand. This is probably the most essential, the most crucial factor when considering a pen purchase (or theft!). If the pen is too big (i.e., too fat), then you will find your fingers growing numb as you struggle to grip the pen, thus risking infectious diseases (such as gangreen) due to poor cirulation, which can result in the rotting and falling off of fingers. Is that a bit morbid? Yes, it is – but that’s why I’m telling you! It’s better that you know the ugly truth.
On the flip-side, however, you don’t want a pen that is too small (i.e., too skinny), otherwise your will get all cramped and pinched from your clenching it with a talon-like grip – sure, you could straighten them out by popping them, but the viscious cycle of cramp and pop will continue until your fingers shrivel up and turn into deformed old-lady hands (no offense to any old ladies, of course – I’m just telling my readers how it is).
No, you want a pen that fits your hand style of writing as perfectly as a glove. For me, this means a pen with a nice grip that is slightly skinnier than my pinky finger – for others, it could be as big as a jumbo pencil! Everyone is different! I am just making sure that everyone here is aware of the consequences should they ignore my teachings.
2. Second, you must choose the right type of pen. Just because the pen fits, that doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. In this day and age, there are so many types of pens that I almost lose track – felt-tip, gel, Sharpie, quill, erasable – you name it! I suppose there are many different types for the many different people out there, but for me, I prefer your standard ball-point pen. It glides effortlessly across the paper, and it doesn’t bleed into the next sheet (*glares at felt-tip and Sharpie*). All-in-all, it’s just a good, all-around pen. Now, I must be honest, though. There was a time in my youth when I was a lover of felt-tip pens – and I still love the fact that you can create pools of ink by smashing it into your paper – but for serious writing purposes, it’s simply impratical.
Which brings me to my last point…
3. Ink consistency. You do not want a pen that smears! And to stress the importance of this, allow me to repeat: NO SCHMEARING! (Oh, sorry! I forgot to take out my retainer xP) But seriously people, nothing is worse when writing than when you finish that elaborate paragraph, only to have your hand accidentally brush across the fresh coat of ink, thus rendering your words nigh unreadable. It’s a tragic accident – one that I pull all the time – but it doesn’t have to be if you choose the right pen. And the right pen does not smear! Good ink does not smear! It’s true what they say, that writers are artists, but something is obviously terribly wrong when your words look less like words and more like abstract art.
No, good ink retains its form and holds its ground, like Buckingham Palace Guards; even under the firmest of pressure, it will not smear, and a good pen utilizes such ink.
In my experience, again, ball-point is the way to go. Felt-tip and gel pens have horrible smearing records, thus making them quite unreliable sources of ink, so I would advise strongly against them. But, again, it’s entirely up to you. These are just guidlelines for purchasing the perfect pen, and as I said before, everyone is different and everyone has different preferences. But if I ever see any of you with shriveled or fingersless hands, holding a sheet of paper with giant smears of “text,” don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;P