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As Kiss alluded to in the last post, we had a rather spritely discussion at the last Romantix meeting about pens. Kiss prefers to use black ink (in fact she said she can't write in blue, which is a little extreme. She CAN'T write in blue? Seriously?), while I prefer to write in blue ink (I CAN, however, write in black if I'm so required. I'm not insane). We both like a medium point as we're hard pressers (is that a term?) and would stab holes in the paper with a fine point (is that a sign of simmering latent aggression?) And of course neither of us like to write with felt tip pens because they're far too dark and there's all that blotting to deal with. Felt tip pen users, we don't know how you do it.
The remaining Romantix members remained fairly silent throughout this exchange, no doubt wondering why the hell we were talking about Ye Olde Penmanship in the computer age. I guess crazy is subjective.
So all this talk got me wondering--why don't I write in pen anymore? I used to write my stories out in long hand in my old school excersise books. My maths problems were done in the front while my creative scribbles were begun at the back of the book. Guess what reached the halfway point of the book first? I wasn't the keenest maths student :). Kiss shocked us all at the meeting when she told us she writes all her books out in longhand in spiral notebooks before retyping them onto the computer. It never occurred to me to continue writing in long hand once I got a PC. I'm a much faster typist than I am a hand writer. But then I type a lot of crap that gets deleted too, so I'm wondering if Kiss's method might end up being more efficient. I'm thinking of trying it.
What about you? How do you write the first draft? Do you have a weird fixation on pens? Any rituals that we would all think are bizarre?