6 (More) Reasons Why You Should Write With a Fountain Pen
You all really, REALLY liked the “8 Reasons Why You Should Write With A Fountain Pen” article. Since publishing, it’s been viewed nearly 60,000 times and continues to be one of my top posts. Reading through the comments, there were a ton of other reasons that you, the readers, stated why you use a fountain pen. I’ve picked six more and broken them down in the post below. Make sure to let me know if there’s anything that gets you writing that hasn’t been mentioned!
Hand fatigue can be killer, especially when writing or drawing for long periods of time. It’s made even worse with arthritis or other physical problems that we may encounter. How does writing with a fountain pen help your hands? Well, you don’t have to press the nib into the page. By gripping the pen lightly, and writing only with a light touch you can give your hands some relief. The ink flows onto the page much more easily. You can leave that white-knuckle writing experience behind!
Would you rather spend $100 on a hundred pens that you’re likely to lose, or $100 on one pen that you care about? It’s a tough argument, and spending a bunch of money on a single pen isn’t for everyone. Think about it though, pens are hanging out in every junk drawer, car glove box, and eventually even the garbage. By buying a nice pen, you can teach yourself to hold onto things. I often refer to a famous quote by Mitch Hedburg: “I bought a seven-dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring.”
Have writer’s block? It’s a very real thing. There’s no guarantee that a new pen is the key to unlocking the door between you and a NY Times best-selling book, but it can help. New stuff inspires us to do a variety of things. Don’t feel like going for a run? Pick up a new pair of shoes. Not in the mood to write? Snag a new pen. At the very least, you’ll want to fill it up and write just to test it out!
Admittedly, I was on the fence about this reasoning until last week. I bought a cheap pack of 45 gel pens that were in a bunch of cool colors. Each pen wrote to a differing degree of terrible. I’ve spent the last four years surrounding myself with great stationery, and sometimes you forget how bad a pen can be. One of the best parts about a fountain pen is the consistent experience. If you have a buttery smooth nib, it’s going to stay that way. Like how a pen feels in your hand? Keep reusing it over and over because you know what to expect.
Yes, it really does. It’s pretty fascinating why. To TL;DR it for you, instead of typing every single word out verbatim, the act of handwriting forces your brain to cull down to only the necessary words, while using critical thinking. The extra effort of recording notes by hand helps cement it in your memory, and while it’s slower than typing, it accelerates learning. Here’s a link to the fascinating study. Instead of zooming through notes, slow down and only write down what’s necessary.
This is a big one. The online fountain pen community is one of the most positive ones out there. Between the various forums, blogs, slack chats, facebook groups, subreddits, and social media accounts there’s a lot going on. I’ve met plenty of people through it, got a job, made friends, and have had an enjoyable time. When I was struggling to find inspiration to blog, I cited community as one of the main reasons that kept me in it. It’s cool to know that there are other people out there who love the same thing as you. Not involved in any of them? I’d highly suggest checking out the links above and hitting up the nearest pen show!
There you have it. Six more reasons why you should write with fountain pens. Is there anything that I missed? Make sure you tell me why YOU write with a fountain pen in the comments below!
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