Last year, in honor of National Pencil Day, I published a list of my Top Five pencils. I also described a few of my other favorite analog writing tools, including some pencil sharpeners, pens, and notebooks.
Today is National Pencil Day 2017. To mark the occasion, I’m going to update my Top Five list. There’s been some movement. A young upstart has burst onto the scene and a new contender is knocking on the door.
But I also want to address a question I frequently get. It goes something like this: “You’re not in the fourth grade, so why do you still do write with a pencil?” I was asked this question again earlier this week, and I’ve been trying to articulate my answer ever since. So far, I’ve come up with six reasons:
Reason #1. Pencils aren’t connected to the Internet.
Every writer I know—and me above all—is looking for reasons not to write. We’re prone to procrastination and distraction. Suddenly we care about how neat the office is. We wander through our bookshelves. We look for inspiration in the newspaper, in our backyard, in the bathroom, at the coffee shop, in front of the TV.
The Internet, in particular, is both a blessing and a curse.… Read the rest