When I was in the ninth grade, writing stories, I had to have a Zebra m-402 mechanical pencil and college ruled paper. Nothing else worked as well, and the sleek metallic exterior of the pencil reeked of steam-lined sophistication. As my math teacher droned on about x, who remained a variable despite being solved thousands of times, I would sit in the back and write spy stories that paralleled the likes of Dirk Pitt and James Bond. My friend, foolish as he was, would use his wooden number 2 pencil that would slowly grind down to a nub as he wrote his futuristic mech battles. Both stories were okay, as far as ninth grade novelists went, but more important was the fact that we were already set in our ways.
We wanted to ask our fellow writers what their preferred method of story writing would be, if their chosen instrument did not impact their word count, and this is what they had to say:
With only 9% of the vote, Quill and Parchment came in last place. Despite the fact that this pair drafted some of the most influential and meaningful documents of all time, most writers would avoid it if the opportunity presented itself. Perhaps its the inky fingers, perhaps its the dry time — the only thing that’s certain is no one seems eager to strike an enlightened pose.
Coming in 3rd place were the staple, where every author cuts their teeth. Out of all the options, this one also resulted in the most feedback. Fountain pen, said some. Regular pen said others. The idea was the same, though. A throwback to our collective past, to those first moments where we began writing something on paper that was brand new. Nostalgia.
Let’s admit it. There’s a little Hemingway in all of us. Every writer wants to live a life of adventure and travel. After all, the only thing that can be more exciting than writing your story is living your story. One of the options was Typewriter and Scotch. Perhaps it was the bit of alcohol that enticed the voters, or maybe it was the image of banging away on an antique typewriter in an effort to truly capture the human spirit. To 25% of voters, we say cheers!
With 46% of the vote, “word processor” is our winner! Are you surprised? Honestly, neither were we, for the very same reason that we mentioned in our opening paragraph. Writers get stuck in their habits, and we’ve been using word processors for a while now. We’ve become used to them, used to the formatting options and the feeling of the keys beneath our fingers. Though not the resounding report of gunfire like typewriters, there is a satisfaction that comes with the clikety-clack of computer keys. We didn’t think that it was as fun as some of the others, but we also can’t disagree with 46% of writers.
Do you have any ideas for a fun, writing themed survey? Leave a comment!