I think ink when procrastinating writing

Welcome to Day “I” of the A to Z Challenge. What you will learn this month is: 26 Ways to Procrastinate a Writer
10. The tenth way to procrastinate a writer is to use INK pens.

While it is true that ink pens are often used by writers as their physical revising tool, taking those very same instruments can provide hours of fun for a writer. Using that same draft, drawing smiley faces relaxes the mind and makes the document user friendly. Sketching out facial features of the characters or the floor plan of their houses convinces the writer that this is a productive activity. After all, any element of the story or character is a good use of time. Words or pictures, it is all creative art.

Ink pens offer a mardi gras of colors from the bold blacks and navy blues found in exclusive, high-class pens to the beautiful inkfestive shades of reds, oranges and poppy purples. There are neon colored pens for striking glamour and glitter pens for twinkling highlights. Novelty pens offer four colors in one barrel, squooshy finger grips for tired hands and fluffy flowers for nature lovers or writers who want a burst of the outside indoors. The intense ink from gel pens glides with the smooth flow of art and words.

The practical writer makes time to establish a collection to fit any mood they need to express as they write and edit their work. Sometimes a family of smiley faces, for example, must be done in greens and reds, and not having the proper colors can stress a writer making them incomplete. Time away from the computer is well spent shopping in office supply stores, discount warehouses and big-box arts-n-crafts to explore the stylish and simple choices available.

Crayons and colored pencils are alternatives or additions, depending on your writer’s whimsy

Remember, encourage a writer to get out of the house and into the Real World for human interaction. Breaking up a writer’s routine gives them a fresh perspective on the world and their writing. The writer may choose to take a break from the actual draft to sketch in a journal, and choosing that particular medium also requires close examination, a related but separate aspect of from the ink pens. The key point to remember is this: the writer is an artist.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Arlee Bird
    May 25, 2015 @ 15:40:50

    I used to love to write with ink pens in a notebook. Now most of my old pens are drying up and my composition books remain with most pages untouched. Now everything is in my computer awaiting some digital catastrophe where it will all be lost.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


    • dwhirsch
      Jun 02, 2015 @ 15:27:06

      As long as you backup to an external hard drive, there is less fear of loss from the digital apocalypse.
      And there is nothing stopping you from dusting off a journal, “borrowing” an ink pen from a doctor’s office or restaurant if needed, and writing by handwriting.
      Imagine if you just wrote: “I am writing by hand today.” How would that make you feel?


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