IMPORTANT! Do not be precious with your journal. USE it, scribble, write, doodle, create.
So you want to be a writer?
Here’s a quick list of essentials, hope it inspires you to get pen to paper, fingertips to keys and create something amazing! (I’ve slotted some handy links in to save you some time if you are truly inspired)
I will first of all stand up and confess, “I’m a writer and I love pens!”
There, that’s done with, now what sort of pen? Just a plain old second hand plastic ballpoint will do, at first. I have a drawer full of freebies. However, I honestly believe you can’t write well if you don’t like your pen.
Ink colour: I’m someone who likes traditional black ink, blue at a push. For editing red is useful although it takes me back to the bad old days at school maths classes so I steer away from red if I can. If you’re an editor no doubt you have a full collection of multicolours.
Thick v Thin: A fairly chunky one, the thinner ones make my fingers cramp after a while.
Grip: Yes, I can write faster if I’m not grappling with a slippy pen falling from my fingers.
Twist up or click up: Click, I don’t know if it’s just me but the twist up ones twist down whilst I’m writing. Hashtag annoying!
Ballpoint v Fountain: Hmmmm, I’ve just invested in a gorgeous vintage fountain pen, so watch this space, however for now, ballpoint. Thick not thin, don’t like scratchy thin lines, a bit like finger nails down a black board, shiver! Click the link for a fountain pen similar to mine.
A Gorgeous Tactile Journal
Secondly, I will stand up again and confess, “I’m a writer and I love journals!” The more luxurious the better. I prefer lined, although I like the squared paper you tend to find in Europe. I enjoyed that at school on a trip to France and have never understood why it hasn’t caught on over here.
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