Let’s Hear it for Handwriting

filler-1101493_640According to the calendar of days, January 23 is National Handwriting Day. One of my favorite days, to be sure.

Handwriting tends to be underrated in our current society. People text and email as a way of communicating but I find myself longing for the days when I would go to the mailbox and there would be a letter inside, usually from my daughter who was living overseas at the time. The joy of seeing those handwritten pages was amazing. I would write back from time to time. Her dad would even write on occasion. She enjoyed getting the mail just as much as we did.

This doesn’t happen much in my life anymore. I will admit it is my fault.

I just don’t send letters or Christmas cards. I haven’t for a couple of years. I like to get them. Apparently, it is in the sending that I have problems. So, to my sister in law who is the only person to send out Christmas cards – Thank you. Not only for the sentiment but that you took the time to handwrite your cards.

Although I spend plenty of time at my computer writing, at times too much, I still spend at least part of my day with my trusty fountain pen and notebook. Journaling is one of the most important parts of my day.

The funny thing is I still keep most of my notes in this form, including my calendar. I do use a computer for my work calendar but for everything else, it is on paper. I’ve never been able to use the apps that would work with my phone. The funny thing is I don’t trust that. I trust that each time I open a notebook or planner, everything will be right there.

This is a bit old school but I will argue the point that handwriting is still relevant. I think about this every time the computer has a glitch or the internet is down and I am unable to work on my ever growing stack of paperwork. The very thing we depend on is not as reliable as a trusty pen and paper.

There are drawbacks but that is for another day.

For me, I will continue to write in my paper journal with my fountain pen filled with purple ink. There are other colors of course but purple is my favorite. I will continue to spend way too much on pens and ink. Also, finding those wonderful notebooks is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

I would encourage you to find a good pen. You know the ones I mean. A good pen is one that feels good in your hand, balances well so you aren’t spending a lot of time wrangling it and has fast ink. That is a must for me. If I am fighting to pull the pen across the page, I tend to get rid of it.F Fat pens are important too. Otherwise, I end up with cramps in my hand.

Handwriting is so much easier with a good pen (or pencil, but that is another discussion).

What kind of implement are you using to write these days?

Necessary Things


Writing is one of those tasks that doesn’t require a lot of things. A pen, some paper and you are a writer. Pretty simple.

Well, not really, if you are anything like me.

If any of you are like me, office supply stores are some of your favorite places in the world. After all one cannot have too many pens of just the right weight and color. Supplies such as post its, post cards, pens, pencils, journals, etc., rank right up there with books. More is better.

Some of my favorite things are my gold Picaso fountain pen with purple ink. I begin each day with morning pages using this pen. I also like composition books for this type of writing. I have sticky notes of all shapes and sizes, paper clips, sticky flags, purple post cards – all within arms reach. Of course, I am currently working on my Macbook Air which I couldn’t do without. These things are necessary for my creativity.

I have other things that help with my creative life. I have various small gifts from friends sitting on my desk. A metal compass to help me keep my direction, a jack to remind me that balance is important, and a amethyst crystal to keep my thinking clear. All of these are necessary as they remind of my journey and to encourage me to keep going. Not to mention a candle to light my way.

What are the necessary things for your writing life?