Pens and Pencils
When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?
Just last night was the last time I hand wrote something, an entry in my journal because my journal is entirely handwritten. I also made some notes for a new story idea. I like hand-writing my notes, there’s something special about getting a new idea and the frantic scribbling that then ensues as I try to write it down before I forget it. I like to keep all the pieces and scraps of paper that I jot my ideas down on, it’s nice to look back at them and remember where the story began and to remember how you came up with it.
It’s also an advantage that when I’m excited my hand-writing is practically unreadable, so no-one can steal my ideas.
As much as I like hand writing my notes, I could never imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era. I can type far faster than I can write and typing is easier too. Hand writing more than five pages would be unthinkable.