Today officially marks the start of National Stationary Week and - to be specific - today is Pen and Pencil Day. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this whole week, being a self confessed stationary addict myself. I'm one of those people who will buy notebook after notebook after notebook and each one will have it's own specific use for doodles and writing and such. I find myself right at home Paperchase, and I even get exited approaching that quirky stationary aisle in TK Maxx.
One of the aims of National Stationary Week is to get people writing more - whether that be writing a letter instead of an email, forgoing your notes on your iPhone and instead putting pen to paper for your daily to-do list and more. This actually sits well with me on a personal level because I've always claimed myself to be a writer through and through. Though most of my writing takes place on this blog these days, that's not to say I don't keep a journal or many notebooks for novel ideas, blog ideas and more. Even from such a young age when I once published a short and slightly geeky story in the school newsletter, I've always loved calling myself a writer and in my heart, I feel like if there were ever to be any definition of my 'thing' or something I was always known for among others (others being a blogger, a music addict and a rock star enthusiast) then writing or being a writer would be right there at the top - even if it is rare for me to show my work to people...
There is something so special and sacred about putting pen to paper and producing something that only started as an idea in your head. Sure, Microsoft Word is great for spell check and looking neat, but I think there's something really kinda cool about actually writing with a pen or pencil, showcasing mistakes and all. It shows that nothing is ever perfect and that even a minuscule and mistake-ridden idea can turn into something big and great and amazing over time.
Speaking of pens and pencils, if I had to pick a specific favourite brand, I would be lost. But I will tell you that when it comes to writing, for the most part, everything has to match! If I begin something with one pen which runs out of ink half way through....I'm buggared! Biro's are fun for scribbling notes but when it comes to really writing, I absolutely adore the pens that those smooth and thick lines that look ever so neat. The thicker the ink, the better. I have fond memories of upgrading from using a pencil to these bad boys in primary school!
Even now sometimes I wish I could still use them, even if I have advanced to brands more classier and grown up...!
Luckily I've since upgraded to more beautiful pens like this one from Sheaffer!
So one point to this post if any would be that if you own a blog or enjoy writing as a escape, try forgoing the laptop at least once this week. You might feel vulnerable picking up a pen and writing on brand new crisp white paper and yes, there probably will be a few mistakes, but at least it'll be raw and honest, misspelled words and all ;) Try actually jotting down some blog ideas instead of adding them to your iPhone notes, or perhaps even think about getting yourself a pen-pal to ensure you keep up traditional writing on a regular basis. Hell, I'll even be your pen pal! Me and Bex tried it once years and years ago when we first became friends, and I still think I have a letter to reply to...well, maybe hailing my love for pens and pencils today might have just inspired me to finally write an answer.
Do you still use an actual pen and paper to write? Let me know with a comment!
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