In primary school I was required to write with a fountain pen. Later on, while in high school, I felt that fountain pens are more for little students so I switched and began writing with rollerball pens. For a good number of years, though, I had forgotten all about these writing tools. Once I entered the workforce I started using regular ballpoint pens.
As a writer I have gone through many, many pens and never bumped into one I really felt amazingly comfortable using it. Well, yes, I bought a few branded ones and they were nice. However, as soon as I needed refills my enthusiasm in using them usually dropped. Perhaps because I had been using the cheaper refill kind?
I noticed that the disposable ones are quite handy especially when taking them along. Sometimes they keep “disappearing” and then I have to find a replacement for the pen. For a while I've tried writing the reporters' way, using pencils. I like that. On the other side, the handwriting is fading off the paper more easily. So that didn't go too well.
A while ago I've bought a box of pens for our Bible study. We ended up not using them because somebody else brought along different ones and most of the people ended up bringing their own pen anyway. Now I'm using these pens while handwriting my journal and I'm quite pleased with them as they do not leak nor does my writing look more like scribbling (which, for some unknown reason, happens when I use certain types of pens). Still, I'm thinking of getting back into using rollerball pens again – but the ones that have a good ink inside of them, an ink that dries quickly and does not easily smear.
Say, what's your favorite writing tool? What do you use to jot down your notes? Do you prefer to write by hand or do you rather type your first drafts?
What do writers do?
Writers write. However, that's not the only thing they do. Writing an article or a book involves much more than that:
> brainstorming and mind mapping (coming up with ideas and organizing them)
> reading, a lot by the way, e.g. to study the craft of writing, reading for pleasure but also for research purposes
> researching (interviewing, searching, reading texts)
> translating if capable of and if research material is in another language
> writing (by hand and/or typing)
> proofreading (checking grammar and spelling and syntax)
> editing (more in-depth kind of proofreading, e.g. checking context and the details/facts of the book for accuracy and making sure that all parts work together and are set in (meaningful, clear) order.
The hardest part of writing...
This can vary from writer to writer, of course. I find guarding the writing time the hardest to do.
I have a picture frame standing on my desk which reminds me to focus on m reasons for writing. Roughly, this is what it says:
Write for the glory of God. Do not write to capture readers to read what you have to tell them. Write what God says in His Word. Write the Truth.
Write tight. Nobody has time to waste.
I'm eager to follow the LORD and it takes continuous checking from my side to see if I'm still on the right track. Often enough I'll have to make more or less minor changes to my way of doing things. This doesn't always come easy to me, for I love it whenever my life is straight forward, going according to plan. How about you?
Most of the time life will not go like clockwork, though. Also, whenever things are way out of line with God's Word, then we have to let go completely to step onto a new, a much better path.
This is truly a big challenge to me, I'll have to admit. There are many days when I'm ashamed to look at my framed writing goals. I know I have missed the mark so many times before and I don't want to miss it again. You see, even though I want to, in my own strength, I'm not able to put these words into action. It takes God to make this happen. Realizing this, I often cling to the words found in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
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I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer, born and raised in Germany but now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland.