I always believed that a writer must have the right inspirational tools to push and pull that elusive creativity along the pages. Sometimes, that inspirational spark just dances along the page, doing their own private dance while you’re doing your best to remember all the moves with your pen. Other times, the pen does its usual doodles and follows its far-off thoughts.
Yes, I did say pen. I have a whole pot of fanciful pens to inspire. AND yes, their job is to inspire. All writers have to have certain tools of the trade. Mine are simple: pens, paper, working computer, coffee, chocolates and doughnuts. However, in this time of social distancing and self-isolation, some things are given up—doughnuts are one.
As mentioned earlier, I have a variety of pens that are never used. Yep, you heard that right too. The pens appealed as they displayed much better than a regular pen, but I discovered some things about pens and why I prefer one over the other. You may or may not agree with me, but if a pen came for a job interview, it would have to have those listed below on their resumes.
I like a good pen that flows easily and smoothly across the pages of my pad. It has to have a nice point–one of mine makes a fine line and I find this especially great when I have only a teeny piece of paper to scribble on. It’s fast becoming my favourite because it has purple ink, making it easy to find among the scraps of paper on my desk.
The pen has to have a good grip so the writing flows without cramping your hand. So far, my almost favourite pen fills that criteria extremely well. At the time (pre-pandemic) I bought one to try—a Pilot Hi-techpoint with a V7 Grip—now I wish I had 6 more, it’s that good.
The last important thing a good pen has to have is balance. None of the fun pens have this. Having the right weight makes a difference. Bobble-headed pens tend to bog your writing down. In fact, any pen with too much of a fun ornament on the top end tends to throw the balance off and pushing the top-heavy pen slows the thought processes. So, even tough all my fun pens can be squished, pulled, twirled, tap and gosh-knows-what-else–it cannot write for a long time. It can only boast of being a distracting bit of show-biz flash and dazzle.
I guess that’s why one of my most entertaining bobble-headed pens that flashed rainbow colours while it twirled around my fingers ran away from home. It just didn’t like hard work. I think it’s still slumming with *Emsch the Mensch’s missing sock.
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