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Today we welcome Elizabeth Kirkwood, Andrew Joyce, and Caleb Joyce to Tools of the Trade to talk about some of their favourite tools of writing (aside from a computer), and why they remain such a standout. So! Onto the questions:

1. What is your favourite tool of the trade? (notebook/paper or pen)

2. Pros/cons?
3. What do you like best about it?

Elizabeth Kirkwood:
1. My favorite tool is a notebook/sketchbook (Moleskines are darling) and pen.
2. Pros are the ability to write words and doodle illustrations, as well as notate other ideas in the margins where it makes sense to me. Plus, the tactile element grounds me, and I better make sense of what I write when I initially write by hand. Cons are the permanence (which has turned into a pro for me over the years – I can write steadily and accept it as I write it, and do bigger edits later as I type it up) and the inability to access anything if I leave the notebook behind.
3. The ability to put things together on the page – I don’t have to write/brainstorm in an orderly fashion, and I can easily make notes wherever I want. Plus, sketches help get my juices fired up sometimes, which is a big plus.



Andrew Joyce:
1. Favorite is definitely the Uniball Vision Micro. I think it’s technically a fountain pen (the ink is liquid inside).
2. It comes out in a smooth even flow and slides evenly across the page. Good because I’m a lefty. I can write quickly with it without getting arm strain. Ink has lasted a long time but sometimes it can blob up depending on the paper. I have a really rough page that I do most writing on and it works great on there.
3. So. Smooth.


Caleb Joyce:
1. 8×5 lineless Moleskine.
2. Allows for both small sketches and brief verse or prose excerpts… It becomes a sort of creative journal to show off my muses and helps me explore different avenues in a sort of stream of creativity. However, it can be disorganised and especially as it fills up is hard to find stuff. Also I’ve had people take it from me and doodle/write in it themselves which I find very invasive and makes me feel violated whenever I see those pages.
3. The personality it’s taken on – it’s been everything, down to a prop in a play.


Thankyou everyone for sharing your insights!

Published on 30 June, 2016. Last updated on

1 Comment

  1. old aggie

    Caleb – To help you find stuff as the notebook gets filled, you might try using something similar to what’s used in the Bullet Journal system: You number the pages early on, and then create an index at the back or “Table of Contents” at the front where you list the topic and the page number it starts on. I have actually seen businesses train employees to keep meeting notes this way: They issue everyone a standard lab notebook that has the pages already numbered, and you create whatever index/ToC you want that will help you find info for your projects. Handwritten notes: scientifically proven to improve knowledge retention over typed notes – go figure! The Creator’s built-in equipment for us rocks! But back on-topic: You might think it takes a long time to number the pages in a Moleskine, but it really doesn’t. Give it a try! 🙂

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