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Penmanship

For Christmas, Ben bought me a fountain pen and it changed the way I look at writing, transforming it from a task into an art form.
I know what you’re thinking: “what, like a quill and ink pot?” and: “why would you want that?” Well, the concept itself is quite modern, there’s even an entire subreddit about it!

Firstly, it’s not quite a quill and ink pot. I got the Lamy Safari fountain pen, which is considered a good introduction into fountain pens with refillable ink cartridges. It travels smoothly across paper, and really is a pleasure to use. See below a comparison of the Lamy fountain pen and a regular Bic ballpoint pen.

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Secondly, while $34 for a quality pen is more expensive than a pack of standard ballpoint pens, it has been more of a personal change than a stationary one for me. Using the fountain pen makes the experience of writing feel purposeful.

I spend a lot of time curating and getting my numbers up for this blog that I often forget that writing is meant to be calming, reviving and cathartic. I used to stress so much about writing to impress others that I stopped writing for myself. 

Having a pen that glides along paper is so relaxing to me, I’m often just rambling on until I come across inspiration, and if I don’t, that’s okay too. I’m sure there’s plenty of us who write dozens of pieces and only post one!  I know it sounds silly, but having this small memento of self-care reminds me that poetry is art, and that really, I’m an artist. It’s important to take time for yourself, and to create content you’re proud of–the pen and paper you use is the first step.

P.S. the penmanship examples are lyrics from the song Three by Sleeping at Last, which is about the struggle of the Type Three Enneagram that I wrote my poem, 10, about. Give it a listen!

Would you consider buying a quality pen?
What are some ways you keep yourself going during the dreaded writer’s block?

Thank you

30 Comments Add yours

  1. ELLE says:

    Thank you for your support!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Syed Danish says:

      Your blog is really Awesome 😊😉❤❤

      Liked by 1 person

  2. ortensia says:

    I don’t mind the pen….I mind the time I can find🙄

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      Yes… but when you find emphasized time for something ⏰ With that approach I think you can save time for same work😊😉

      Liked by 1 person

  3. ortensia says:

    Sorry meant the time I can’t find

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      I understand Ortensi😊❤😉

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  4. Easter Ellen says:

    I love fountain pens – I have one but have run out of ink and must restock. I used to only be able to write my poetry on hard paper and found the transition to using a writing program arduous. The pen aside, I am now fully tech-active (unless I am somewhere and need to scribble out a few lines of a verse on a napkin or my phone!

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  5. yuulye says:

    It’s awesome that you put so much attention to a pen, I think writing is your passion!
    Although I get bullied at workspace when using stationery including colored paper and pen because I’m working on digital court I still usually writing literally, but not using specific pen.

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      Thankyou😊
      You are right …digital things didn’t have the feel.😊😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yuulye says:

        Well, I guess it’s the people 😁

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      2. Syed Danish says:

        Yes… You are right 😊

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      Thanks a lot Noor ☺ so kind of you 😊❤
      I will surely visit your link😊 Bookmarked it.❤😉

      Like

  6. Justme! says:

    I love pens! I only buy Fountain Pens, even for waitressing. Normally those are the cheaper of the lot though. Great post!

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      Thanks for the Applaud 😊❤

      Like

  7. kkessler833 says:

    Handwriting is fascinating! A personality is revealed in the way she or he writes!

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      Rightly said kkessler ☺
      Being an Artist you know the Value ☺

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      1. kkessler833 says:

        Thank you! Lines speak to me.

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      2. Syed Danish says:

        Even the pics speaks to you 😉
        You are an Asset of US😊

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Sarah Warsi says:

    Thank you for your engagement on my site. 🙂 You have a wonderful blog as well!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Syed Danish says:

      Thanks ☺ your words mean a lot 😊😉😊

      I like your blog very much ☺

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  9. I love the writing it’s like art. 😀

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    1. Syed Danish says:

      Yes.. more you enjoy..mire crestivity comes from inside 😊

      Like

    2. Syed Danish says:

      Your blog is also very creative and informative 😊😊

      Like

    1. Syed Danish says:

      Thank you lamarwenrich 😊 Have a great day 😊

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      1. Happy day to you and you’re welcome 😊

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