Old School

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “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?

Call me “old school” (which is really just code for “old”), but I love to put pen to paper – literally – and just write.  Don’t get me wrong – I love my smartphone and computer as much as the next person, but I am not ready to live in a paperless world.  

I have two journals that I use to write. I like to carry them with me so that I can jot down ideas whenever inspiration strikes.  I love to hold them, feel them, flip through the pages.  I like to be able to organize my thoughts on the page – scratch things out, draw arrows, write notes in the margin. It just makes me feel like a legit writer.


The purple one is a gift from my older daughter.  It contains some journaling and just little snippets of story ideas, poems, phrases, observations, etc.  My girls will sometimes steal it and put little notes or drawings in it as well.

The one with the owl is a gift from my friends, Violet and Joanne (hi Violet! hi Joanne! *waves*). Violet  is quite creative and she decorated the inside page:


Isn’t it the coolest?!  I absolutely adore this journal.  The early framework of my first novel will begin here.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, friends… what does your writing process look like? Do you use pen and paper? Is it all digital? Combination of both?


6 thoughts on “Old School

  1. I also handwrite a lot. Nothing like having a nice pen and good quality paper. I still journal ( or I did before I started this blogging business) and I also like. To send hand written letters to people I know who have lost someone. There’s that ever-present theme again!


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