What Do You Write With?

Photo – my computer, taken by me
Preston, England
October 28, 2015 3:50am CST
While anything you see here is typed, or rather, word-processed, much of my writing starts life in pen and ink. I feel lost without a pen to hand and most of my pens are straight-forward cheap biros. I lose valuable pens too easily, and often wander off with pens from offices, shops or borrowed off friends too. It isn’t conscious theft. I just use a pen and instinctively put it into a pocket. I even end up with those little pens used in catalogue stores and if I see betting shop pens lying dumped in the streets I salvage those. I often end up with pens leaking in my pockets or my bag. I hate being in mid-flow writing something as a pen runs out on me. I hate fountain pens and pencils for writing with. Oddly my hand-writing is terrible to read, being illegible to most beside myself. As a writer (author and poet) I see pens as tools of my trade. Many writers don’t carry them, which to me is like a plumber having to borrow a wrench or a mechanic without a spanner. My computer to me is just a glorified electric type-writer. No publisher accepts hand written work, and my earliest odes were done with an old Smith-Corona manual type-writer which I had for years, but the good old pen is something I hate to be apart from. What about you? What do you like to write with? Arthur Chappell
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@sofssu (14460)
28 Oct 15
I have thoughts scribbled out on paper which often times expands itself into a poem or an article but I guess my main tool is my laptop.. and my phone on which I take notes.
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
many kids today probably learn their basic abc's on computers and struggle to understand hand-writing as a concept let alone in practice
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@sofssu (14460)
28 Oct 15
@arthurchappell Thankfully we haven't gotten there as yet.. Our kids still write with pencils and pens.
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
@sofssu that is good. I think the pre-plug in and charge up basics are still essential social life skills
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• Grand Haven, Michigan
28 Oct 15
I carry a notebook and pen on me at all times to write down those thoughts, ideas, or one liners that just pop into my head. I have a notebook and Bic pen in my pocket, one set in my car, one set at work, and one set by my bed. Except for those, I don't write much longhand. My brain sometimes gets seriously ahead of my writing speed and not only can't I read it afterwards, sometimes I totally lose my thoughts that sounded so great a couple minutes before. But, as a writer, you're well aware of these problems I bet!
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
oh very much so - my best ideas are the ones I forget the next day - one of them could be my J K Rowling style best-seller
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• Grand Haven, Michigan
29 Oct 15
@arthurchappell I never believed when people would say to ALWAYS write down your ideas or you WILL forget them. As I look back over some of the ideas I wrote down, I definitely would have forgot them. I read some and it was like I didn't even write it down because I didn't remember thinking it lol
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
28 Oct 15
I use my laptop for writing. Many years ago I would use pen and paper as my thoughts seemed to flow better that way.
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
my work can change when typed from my notes onto computer format but it usually starts in ink, apart from short online replies like this
@wiLLmaH (8252)
• Singapore, Singapore
28 Oct 15
I use pen before but I learned how to use the "notes" app in iPhone. :)
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
I don't have an Iphone so not familiar with such apps myself
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@wiLLmaH (8252)
• Singapore, Singapore
28 Oct 15
@arthurchappell Oh okay. If no apps like this I will be still using a red pen and paper. :) Yes RED pen. haha
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
@wiLLmaH I like red pens though they are easy to accidentally use on official forms where black or blue ink is insisted on
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
29 Oct 15
I still write with my pen that is the last gift from my granny.A few months after gifting me the pen she passed away.I have also been a pen lover since my childhood.
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• Preston, England
29 Oct 15
a lovely gift memento for you
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
29 Oct 15
@arthurchappell Of course,an invaluable one.
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• Greece
29 Oct 15
I rarely write but when I do I use a biro for letters and envelopes - the ink does not run if the envelope gets wet. For moments of inspiration I like a pencil. It is easy to erase and change a word or a phrase. It feels comfortable to hold a piece of wood rather than a piece of plastic in my hand.
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• Preston, England
29 Oct 15
I dislike pencils as I break the point / nib too easily and end up re-sharpening too much
@marlina (73882)
• Canada
28 Oct 15
Because I have arthritis in my hands, I much prefer using the keyboard for all my writing.
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
@marlina that is a very good reason to prefer a keyboard - you could try some voice recognition packages too - I have seen some that work quite well
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
28 Oct 15
I usually use my desktop and smartphone when Im home
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
28 Oct 15
Yes I still need the 'traditional' writing implements to hand as well, what do you grab when you need to write a quick reminder or note the name of a caller or address an envelope? Unlike you though my favourite is a fountain pen, a Parker my Dad gave me many years ago. I carry it everywhere.
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@joylol (148)
• Austin, Texas
29 Oct 15
I use a journal and pencil or a pen if I can't find a pencil. I talk about anything in my journal since a journal is just what it sounds like. A happy journey! ^_^ I hate it when I have mandatory assignments for keyboard typing because it just doesn't feel the same to me for some reason,lol.
@Beatburn (3912)
• Philippines
29 Oct 15
I have become dependent on computers. I do most of my writing using it. I notice that it's now tiring for me to write with pens or pencils. Oh no. I might forget how to write the old way.
@divalounger (2252)
• United States
29 Oct 15
Most of my poetry starts in notebooks--via pencil with a good eraser--they do make their way to the computer--but flow is all about writing by hand--
@Tampa_girl7 (25722)
• United States
28 Oct 15
I write on my iPad. My son has a spiral notebook and pencil.
• United States
28 Oct 15
I used to prefer writing on legal pads with a pen, but my handwriting became hard to read, and I became impatient with how slowly the words could flow onto paper. I switched to typing. I learned how to type in school, so my thoughts fly onto the screen much faster than a pen on paper.
@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
28 Oct 15
I always write things on paper with a pen first, before I commit it to the computer. I can't be without a pen, but I prefer a fine felt tipped one.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
28 Oct 15
lol, I might suggest keeping the pens in a zip lock type plastic baggie, so they don't leak.
@dodo19 (32898)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Oct 15
As much as I do use computers, iPads, and such to write, I do enjoy writing on paper. It's just not the same. I do enjoy writing on paper. When I write on my computer too much, I start missing writing with pen and paper.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Oct 15
I used to love to write with paper and pen, but I don't write very well these days and I am so used to how quickly my thoughts run down my arms to my fingers and spill onto the keyboard. I use the computer to write everything, even notes for school to send with The Boy.