I’m a big fan of pen and paper.
My paper weapon of choice is a Moleskine notebook. “Which one” is kind of like asking a chocolate lover “which kind”, because I’ll answer “whichever one is in front of me”. I probably have at least a dozen laying around at any given time. Some are for work. Some are for journaling.
But when I’m in the early stages of thought, be it for a book or a post or a presentation or even a business idea, I absolutely must rely on paper and a pen. I happen to believe that writing words out on paper has a special power, a special ability to draw out thoughts and ideas and I know I process things differently in my head when I’m writing with ink.
To give you an idea what a perfect fit this is for me, I’ve never before done a post on my blog based on a marketing or PR pitch. This is the one and only campaign I’ve ever agreed to be a part of because it was SO ME. In consideration for my participation, Pilot sent me a bunch of pens and a check that will buy me a couple of nice bottles of wine to sip while I’m writing.
So, as part of that, here’s a letter I might write today to my younger self with my most important advice on life and career, and a very specific answer on what I’d change.
Thanks again to the folks at Pilot for the fun.
I’ll handwrite some more later this week with my new favorite Varsity fountain pen. After all, I have lots of notebooks to fill.