The Sunday Salon: Writing Utensils

I’ve always kept personal notes in different ways over the years. When I was a wee lass (here defined as that unfortunate period called middle school), I always wrote with a good, old Bic mechanical pencil in the various notebooks I kept. I refused to write on the backs of the notebook pages, which was quite a waste of space. In these notebooks, I wrote my stories, such as they were, neatly marked in the margins what story it was. I couldn’t bring myself to write something in a notebook that was meant for fiction or something. I did not keep personal notes at all.

Nowadays, though, I have one notebook that fits in my bag and a favorite brand of pens. I keep everything in there, from book recommendations to personal notes to a great deal of planning for my 2009 NaNoWriMo. After earlier this fall, when I was caught in the rain on my way to rehearsal and my summer notebook died a soggy death, I got a nice blue notebook from Barnes & Noble.

My requirements for a notebook are fairly simple–it must be ring bound, so I can hook my pen on it. Moleskine, as you might imagine, is right out, although I’m awfully fond of their smallest offerings for other projects. My current notebook has an elastic to keep it closed, which is nice while it rattles around in my bag, but it’s not a requirement. Barnes & Noble usually has several notebooks with lovely covers that fit the requirement, so I think I’ll continue getting them from there for the foreseeable future.

Pens are a different story. I’ve gone through various pens, trying to find the best one. What worked in my notebook wouldn’t work in the little Moleskin notebook I keep word definitions in, which frustrated me to no end. I needed a gel pen that wrote very smoothly, and dried quickly. I’m left handed, and while I think a little ink smudge is distinguishing, a big ink smudge is just dirty. I eventually found it–the Uni-ball Signo 207. I buy mine at Target, and I haven’t had a problem with them on either sort of paper recently.

I’ve grown so attached to this set up that if I’ve left the pen at home or in my dorm room, I can’t use my notebook. Luckily, when this has happened, I’ve had my camera to take visual notes of a sort.

In other news, I’m close to finishing Graceling, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I have until Thursday to finish Dead Until Dark and City of Bones, but I think I’ll manage. Finals are upon me, as well as a particularly nasty biology final I need to ace, so do not fret if the reviews do not flow. I will keep up with my weekly memes well through the holidays, though! I’ve also got my holiday reading–Rampant, One for Sorrow, and On Writing. I also plan on picking over my local library at home if I finish those quickly… which I think I will.

What do you use to write?

6 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Writing Utensils

  1. I too keep a notebook in my bag. My husband was kind enough to buy me a Kate Spade cloth covered one for Valentine’s Day this year and I absolutely love it. 🙂 It goes where I go full of notes and lists of books that I must read.

  2. Oh I love the Uni-Ball Signo! That is my preferred pen too! Except for the mystery pens – one year my little sister bought me a set of pens that were THE BEST PENS EVER, but by the time I realized how good they were, I’d thrown away the packaging they came in, and the pens don’t have any markings on them. I’m down to two of the original five now, and have never found them again. But the Signo is nearly as good. 🙂

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