I love my current journal. I’ve only had it a couple of weeks, and so I’m still in the honeymoon phase with it. In another few weeks, I’ll be ready for a brand new one.
When I need a new journal, which is often, I have to find just the right one for the moment. I don’t follow any specific requirements, I just sort through the gigantic basket of journals that sits atop a bookshelf in my office. Or, more often, I decide none of them work and that I need to buy a new one.
The same thing is true of pens. I must have one that writes the way I want it to, flowing smoothly and easily, with the ink not so thick that it shows through the paper. I’ve been known to order pens a case at a time when I find one I like. And do not even get me started on daily planners.
But all of this is because tools for writers matter.
One of the great things about writing is that you can do it anytime, anywhere, with the crudest of tools. Paper and pen. Or, use a stick to scratch letters in the dirt or sand. (I once knew a woman who did this on the beach at dawn every morning.) Pull out an ancient computer, or a typewriter, for that matter.
But when I write in my journal I want to write in something that pleases me, with a pen that pleases me, also. Because the act of writing is still a physical one and if it doesn’t feel good to your hand you’re writing is not going to feel good to your brain. And if it doesn’t feel good to your brain you’re not going to want to write.
It’s about creating a space for your writing. Respect it and honor it whenever you can and it will respect and honor you back.
So don’t ever feel guilty about searching for just the right pen or paper or even computer! Treasure your tools as you treasure your writing.