Writing Instrument of Choice

Recently I did a post entitled, Thank You Ernest Hemingway. The post contained seven tips from Hemingway on writing from open cultures website.

The #6 tip was to write with a pencil. Hemingway gave three very very good reasons for using a pencil. All three basically boiled down to providing the writer multiple opportunities  to “work over” the story.

  • One, when it written in pencil
  • Two, when it is re-written with the typewriter
  • Three, when it is proofed

In my humble opinion, as an author nowhere in Hemingway’s league, yet, I disagree with using a pencil, except in the editing phase. My primary reason is, that with today’s technology, there would seem to be significant time and effort wasted using a pencil to write the primary draft. With computers, you can not only easily edit, but if you chose to move sentences, paragraphs or entire chapters around, you can do it with a few simple clicks.  Additionally, by accessing cloud storage and mobile smart devices, an author can review his or her work in progress anytime, giving us the ability to make edits at anytime. I have even used my cellphone, combined with OneDrive and Word mobile apps, to make changes sitting in a movie theater while waiting for the trailers to roll.

In today’s age, we can go over the story frequently, and we can make sure we are conveying the story we want to tell much more efficiently than was previously possible. We have the ability to “work over” the story perhaps dozens of times before it is ready.

If you as an author feel more comfortable with a pencil, then you should most definitely utilize the good old #2–because in the end, it is your art, and you must find the best techniques to convey that art.

Thank you.


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6 thoughts on “Writing Instrument of Choice

  1. You never cease to amaze me with your writing. I use to write with a pencil, the pencil was easier to flow than an ink pen. However, the ink pen gave me a feeling of nostalgia. Then, the computer came and although it took me a while to acclimatize to it, I eventually welcomed it and now if I am without one, I know I can cope because writing is in my blood, my soul, my heart and my mind. Keep writing of these topics, I find them fascinating. Thank you

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