Pencil and Pen – Results Differ
Which leads to flow best – a pencil or a pen? The answer is: It depends. Both lead to flow. One is fast and the other is slow. The choice depends upon the task at hand. Need a quick note, but the cellphone is dead? Use a pencil. Want to do a three-page journal entry a la The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? A pen with smooth ink will float across the page effortlessly. Not convinced? Let’s take a look.
What a Drag
Pencils are great for quick writing. Think marking a notebook or calendar. Both can be erased if an error is made. Most pens’ ink is not so user friendly. Pencils are often good when journaling an entry that you want to actually feel going down on paper. I use pencils in this way when writing goals, resolutions, and lists. The drag helps make the commitment more real to me. Many relate the orange No. 2 lead pencils as the ones used at school. As creatives, we can purchase – or in my case put on a wish list – beautiful pencils. For my recent birthday, my youngest daughter sent me a set of Rifle Paper Company pencils with cheerful prints. To see samples of Rifle pencils, look here: https://riflepaperco.com/shop/desk/pens-and-pencils/
Go with the Flow
To do any lengthy writing, a gel pen is the way to go for quick flow. While there are many pens on the market, I prefer the weightlessness and ease of the Pilot G-2 in bold (1.0). Pens that are ballpoint can often drag, which keeps a writer from doing cursive quickly and neatly. Pens are best for capturing things like dialogue, in both non-fiction and fiction stories, as well as descriptions of characters or settings. And, essays can come out much more fluidly using a pen.
Take out your journal. Make a list from 1-10. Pick a pencil and write 10 ways you might use your pencil to increase your flow. Then, switch to a pen and write another 10-point list. Afterwards, compare the lists to see when pens or pencils work best for different writing projects. But most of all, have fun writing!
Here’s to growing your flow,