Handwriting

NaNoWriMo 2017 Toolkit

Over the years I have wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo but there were numerous reasons I wasn’t able to, one of the big ones being poor planning. This year however I am a bit more prepared and have a plan to take part in my first NaNoWriMo.

Obviously being a stationery addict an important part of NaNoWriMo is deciding what stationery items I will use to write my story. This kind of falls into the category of #preptober, where you use the month before NaNoWriMo (October) to plan your story so you are raring to go on the 1st November.

I have a small, but I think, good toolkit to help me through the challenge. I think writing out the full story using pen and paper will be tough so I will more than likely lean on my digital tools.

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Analogue tools

I have created a mini bullet journal for NaNoWriMo where I have been noting down ideas on characters and plot. I have also included a word count tracker with the aim of staying focused and a calendar view to decide what to tackle when. I haven't planned out the full month, but the first ten days have a loose outline. This extremely important information is in my Baron Fig Black Box limited edition Vanguard notebook.

To write my bestselling novel I am using the latest Baron Fig Vanguard limited edition release, the School Set. The lined ruling is ideal and I like a slimmer notebook when you are writing for longer periods of time, less ledge ache. To actually write I will be using my Archer pencil that came with this limited edition release, the new Baron Fig Squire, The Insightful Spectre and my Lamy LX fountain pen inked up with Sailor Blue Black. Any editing I may do along the way will probably be done with my Artline Magenta pen so that it stands out on the page clearly.

Digital tools

I will be using my iPad to write using a markdown editor, either iAWriter or Ulysses. I also have my Apple keyboard to make typing that little bit easier.

Feeling nervous

I am already less than confidant that I will be able to call myself a NaNoWriMo finisher. I am sure my story will run out of steam, or I will, leaving me with part of a story. But I really wanted to take part this year and use the encouragement of the community to drive me on and get 1667 words down each day. It'll also be really nice to see some used, beat up, scribbled in notebooks, but that's the geek in me.

Wish me luck.

InCoWriMo Toolkit

A selection of the tools I am using for InCoWriMo

A selection of the tools I am using for InCoWriMo

This year I am taking part in InCoWriMo and so far it’s going pretty well. It's my first year participating and as I am a stationery addict I was pretty excited to have another reason to use all my goodies. I don't normally write many letters and very quickly found that I was missing a few things. I quickly fixed that and I wanted to share what tools I have and will continue to use for my correspondence.

I bought some writing paper from First for Paper, a site recommended by Priya from The London Parchment. I opted for the Light Grey writing paper in A6 (this was a mistake I meant to get the A5 size) and an A6 card stock. To go with these I bought golden yellow and wedgewood blue envelopes. These colours are so pretty and look great in person. The paper has worked well with fountain pen ink and some light watercolour washes. I would definitely buy more paper from this company again.

Close up of the gorgeous envelopes from First for Paper

Close up of the gorgeous envelopes from First for Paper

Most of my cards and letters are being written with a fountain pen. To address envelopes I am using the Pitt Artist Pen with a B nib to brush letter the recipients name. Then to complete the address I am using a fountain pen with Noodlers Black as this is a waterproof ink. I don't want to risk using another ink colour in case the rain washes away the address on the envelope.

I am sending a mixture of cards, letters and postcards for my correspondence. I am making most of the cards myself. I like the idea of this as I can be a little playful and creative with the designs and I think it adds to the fun of InCoWriMo.

At the end of the month I will share with you the letters and cards I created and update you on how many I managed to send through the month.

CursiveLogic - Interview at Pens! Paper! Pencils!

I thought I would share Ian's interview with the creator of CursiveLogic, Linda Shrewsbury. The rationale behind the project and the individuality of handwriting is something that will resonate with any pen enthusiast. 

I want to help a lot of people retain the simple dignity of a signature. I know and value the handwriting of every immediate family member. I cherish letters from grandparents who died long ago. Beyond the many strong arguments for cursive, the one that stirs me deeply is the idea that handwriting captures individuality and can preserve it for generations to come. A tradition so powerful is worth preserving!

To see the full interview head over to Pens! Paper! Pencils!