In Defense of #2

Okay, first of all, get your head out of the toilet. I’m not talking about THAT kind of #2!

I’m talking about these.

My trusty pencils.

Somehow I think differently when I write with a pencil. I don’t look at things the same way on a computer screen or even when I write with a pen. I love the scratch of graphite on paper, the softness of the slightly smudgy words. I connect to my story in a way that is hard to explain, but it’s almost more primal.

Whenever I get stuck or overwhelmed or I just need a different frame of reference, I reach for a pencil and a stack of 4×6 note cards. And as I scribble, I learn more about my characters, their needs and the actions they have to follow to make the story come alive.

What tricks do you use make your words flow again?

17 thoughts on “In Defense of #2

  1. I'm the same way, I write it out on paper. However, I use a pen – a Pilot G-2 fine point to be specific. Something about the smooth movement and elegant script gets the words going. (That and having broken both of my wrist once upon a time. Easier to write with a gel.)(Hugs)Indigo

  2. I have notebooks of poems, ideas, story starters written in pen and pencil, but mostly pencil. I love the feel of a sharpened pencil. Unfortunately we have about twenty unsharpened pencils in my desk drawer right now! How do they all get broken and no one sharpens them again?! πŸ™‚

  3. I just can't do anything with pencils. I hate them. The smearing is the worst. I do everything with pen — my writing and my art. Scratch outs kinda bother me, but not nearly as much as smearing.

  4. I don't usually go to pencil, but I will often go to a pen. I think differently when I write than when I type. Sometimes I wish I had a manual typewriter so I could write that way sometimes.

  5. I don't do pencil. Never have liked it. Getting graphite all over my hands. Too light writing. I like bold, dark strokes.

    Always did the crosswords in pen, but only because I hate pencils.

  6. I haven't written in pencil in a LONG time. I think there's something to writing things out long hand, but most of the time, I'm just too frustrated with the speed. Haha.

  7. I start most stories, poems and ideas with a pen (and it has to be a special one) and a composition notebook or one of my little notebooks that I carry everywhere….

    I start most chapters on paper. I may finish them on the computer, but they almost always start on paper. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person who writes out things before they make them to the computer…

  8. Sometimes I write with pencil and paper, and sometimes I switch locations if I feel I need to get the words flowing again. Usually I move from the desk chair to a soft chair or the den to the kitchen table since I like working best from home. But last week it helped me to move to a quiet coffee shop. Funny since I assumed I wouldn't like it–I think I make faces when I write, and I like to read certain parts out loud. The new location was just what I needed–though I kept weird facial expressions to a minimum and didn't read anything out loud!

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