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If you think of yourself as a writer, chances are you’re going to have more blank notebooks than you can fill in a lifetime, a grudge against at least one stationery store, and a ton of pens. This goes double if you are a writer who has ever tried to get into something like bullet journaling. While most of our favorite writers are not influencers per se, it is sometimes fun to bring a little something from their working lives into our own. No one believes, or no one would admit to believing, that this will actually have any real effect on your own writing except, perhaps, to get you to sit down and face it more often. Isn’t that why we really hoard office supplies?
I can already tell that working on this article is going to be dangerous for my office supply budget, which isn’t so much a number as it’s the idea that I should absolutely not buy any more office supplies. The spinning pen caddy I was influenced to buy by the women of The Home Edit will not fit any more writing implements and retain its structure.
Before we begin, I would like to note that the information is not as diverse as I would like it to be. It is very easy to find Neil Gaiman’s favorite pen (Gaiman has been active on Tumblr for so long that I could probably find his favorite brand of toothpaste if I wanted to), but there is an issue of who is often granted interviews at that kind of length. Whose writing tools get to become “legendary” in the same way as Virginia Woolf’s purple ink?
Let’s dive into the goods here, shall we? Here are some of your favorite authors’ favorite pens.
This was a bit trickier than I thought it was going to be because the search feature on the platform currently referred to as X is a disaster. I know that an author I really like once recommended these ParkerJotter pens that I am obsessed with, but I can’t provide attribution, and I do not want to put words into her mouth. They’re really good pens, though, and they come in such nice bright colors and in either black or blue ink. They have to be someone else’s favorite pen, too. $16.
As a faithful listener of the Says Who podcast, I have probably listened to Truly Devious author Maureen Johnson talk about office supplies for dozens of hours over the last six years with zero regrets. These Stabilo fineliner pens were prominent on her Instagram. $20.00
Margaret Atwood has stated that she takes pencils along for flights because pens break and leak. She has also recommended LAMY ballpoint pens. $14.
On the subject of pens and Margaret Atwood, did you know that she is also the patent holder for the LongPen remote signing device?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip through, potentially, some of your favorite writers’ toolkits. I started out writing this believing that fountain pens, while cool, were decidedly not for me, and now I am starting to have second thoughts. What’s just one more new pen, really? Maybe this will be just the thing to help me finish that project I’ve been sitting on. It worked for Stephen King, right?