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Wednesday Writing: Stationery Inspiration?

Do you write any part of your stories or novels longhand?

I do, usually the first drafts–and I find that going on a stationery binge, buying notebooks (plain, not lined) and muli-colored pens (gel, not ballpoint and broad, not thin) helps spur my writing.

Is any of you as much in love with colored pens as I am? Do you write on lined notebooks or plain?

Or are you an absolute laptop scribbler?

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • Damyanti says:

    I'm so glad I;m not the only person who loves writing by hand. Thanks for dropping by, folks, and for sharing your thoughts on writing by hand.

  • mish says:

    I love writing by hand – I feel most comfortable doing so and I find that my writing flows better .
    When I was younger , I always invested in fancy , colourful , patterned writing pads/paper and usually had a stack of them with their matching envelopes .

  • When I'm writing a first draft I always use a fountain pen. Mr A bought it for my birthday last year. It's so tactile and the nib makes a satisfying squeak as it slides across the paper. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to be move creative.

  • I do nearly everything longhand. And the really strange thing? I pop a disc into my laptop to listen to music as I am writing on a pad. Go figure.

  • I've written long hand a few times but I mostly type. I do love gel pens though. So much that I had a ton and they stopped working because I never got around to using enough of them. =S

  • phatichar says:

    Ah, the long hand…miss it – used to, a long time ago.

    Lovely entry at the Elemental. Do drop in some time to my humble abode, ma'am. 🙂