051012 Pens 225x300 Pen PreferencesIt drives me crazy when I’m going along, writing a letter, and the ink from my pen gets particularly scratchy or blotchy. It may write well for a few words and then the ink seems to dry up … and then it blots all over the place. Pens that are really inconsistent like this make it hard for me to write a letter because I want to focus on the content and the enjoyment of writing, but all I can think about is how obnoxious the pen is.

Though I will definitely write with whatever tools are available to me at any given time, there are a few types of pens that I’ve grown to love over the years.

First, I love to write with colorful or sparkly ink. I like the surprise of colored ink, and I love the whimsy of sparkles. For a long time I had a green sparkly pen that wrote so smoothly it’s what I used for every letter, but it has long since dried up. However, for some reason, most of the generic colored pens I’ve had over the years haven’t been as consistent as my green pen, and I often have to make the sacrifice of a slightly scratchy letter in exchange for the fun colors.

I also adore the Uniball Vision fine-tip pens, which come in a variety of colors as well. The ink can be a bit thick if the pen is held in the same place for too long, but it’s a minor inconvenience compared to the dark, solid lines I can create with these pens. I’ve never had one of them halfway dry up or provide for an inconsistent experience. One thing I have learned, however, is that these work better on thicker notecards rather than when writing on both sides of a sheet of paper because of the darkness of the ink.

My final pen of choice is the Pilot Precise V5 rolling ball pen with an extra fine point. These have been my pens of choice lately, and I enjoy that they, too, come in a variety of colors. These are the perfect pens to use when there’s a chance of bleeding into the paper, or when I’m trying to squeeze a lot of words into a very small space.

Of course, if all I had at my disposal was a crayon, I’d write with that, but when I have a choice, I go with one of these three pen options. How about you? Do you have a pen preference when it comes to writing letters?

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