When writing on paper, do you prefer to use pen or pencil?

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  1. embarrett91 profile image68
    embarrett91posted 5 years ago

    When writing on paper, do you prefer to use pen or pencil?

    Just a simple question I am curious about. I personally prefer pen, because it is easier to see and it slides more smoothly than a pencil. Also, sometimes pencils get dull and you have to sharpen them, or they tip can break. I don't like it when I am deep into what I am writing, and I have to pause the flow. But, I know other people prefer pencil. What's your opinion?

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    I always use pencil, unless writting letters to friends and family, then I use a fountain pen.  Letters that for the running of day-to-day life can be done with any old ball point, typewriter or email.

  3. Theater girl profile image75
    Theater girlposted 5 years ago

    Anything......when I have a thought I grab whatever, marker, pencil, crayon (yes, happened once at school). You never know when the muse will strike!

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very good answer! I do find I have to use a pencil sometimes, if there is no useable pen around me. I recently actually wrote a section of my story in dark colored pencil because I could not find my pen.

    2. Theater girl profile image75
      Theater girlposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You have to do what you have to do!!!

  4. mikielikie profile image66
    mikielikieposted 5 years ago

    Hello. I used to like pencils but here lately I've come to appreciate the use of antique pens. I find them to give me a sense of style. To think of what might have been written with these pens intrigues me. But I do have a few antique mechanical pencils that are awesome. The pens win out all the time unless I'm drawing.

    1. David Trujillo profile image82
      David Trujilloposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Can you include a picture of them? You make them sound exquisite!

  5. chef-de-jour profile image98
    chef-de-jourposted 5 years ago

    I wrote a letter this very afternoon and used a blue biro pen. The experience was positive.
    In the past I've used an inkpen which is always a very exciting thing to do because you never know if the thing is going to suddenly empty on you and your word dry up before your very eyes.
    I never use a pencil.

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I recently used a quill, in writing class, it was my first time ever writing in that way, and my teacher brought colored ink for the enjoyment. I did love it!

  6. grumpiornot profile image83
    grumpiornotposted 5 years ago

    That depends if I am on earth or in space. Most pens don't work in space, so I keep a pencil, just in case I need to put a message in a bottle...

  7. profile image0
    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    I always use a pen. Between my bad handwriting and poor eyesight, a black or blue ink pen provides much better contract. Granted you cannot erase. I could say I never have a need to, but that would not be truthful. I just scratch out and rewrite. Approximately 99 percent of what I write is on the computer.

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I too don't have the best eyesight. What is interesting about that actually is I can see better up close than far away, yet I still find that I struggle sometimes to read light writing like pencil so I very much prefer the dark ink.

  8. Taleb80 profile image83
    Taleb80posted 5 years ago

    Nowadays, there is a new stage of my relationship with pencils. Something let me think that I am sharpening my mind while I am sharpening my pencil.

    1. David Trujillo profile image82
      David Trujilloposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sharpening...

      I actually hate pencils because I cannot sharpen them right. Being left-handed, they always sharp more to one side than the other which present´s serious problems when the point starts to fade.

    2. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I also don't like sharpening pencils either lol not because I am left handed, it's because it really irritates me when it either doesn't sharpen right, or keeps breaking.

  9. wayne barrett profile image74
    wayne barrettposted 5 years ago

    Oh, so you don't write on the back of dressers with a crayon any more?

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOL. No, but Penny does!

  10. Thief12 profile image90
    Thief12posted 5 years ago

    In school and college, I preferred pencils. It was cleaner and easier to correct typos. Now, work requires me to use blue ink pen to sign documents so I always use that. I rarely write with pencils anymore.

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well I do use pencil sometimes for more important things like that. When it comes to personal writing  though, there is no grading or anything, so I don't mind if I have to cross a few things out.

  11. Rosyel Sawali profile image65
    Rosyel Sawaliposted 5 years ago

    Hmm now your question got me thinking. I guess I haven't used pencils in a while, but I like using really sharp ones when writing. Lately I've used pens more and I like ones that really write well. ^_^

  12. K-112 profile image59
    K-112posted 5 years ago

    I like to use pen because pencil smears on paper and it's hard to read later. You can't erase pen but I still think it's better for most writing purposes.

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I never thought of how pencils do that actually. It is true though, sometimes it also kind of fades as well. I have many old short stories saved away from years ago, and they are hard to read now because of how much the pencil has faded.

  13. David Trujillo profile image82
    David Trujilloposted 5 years ago

    Pencil.

    Good to bite when nervous. The pen gets ink all over your mouth and when you chew it too much the lid iwont go on again.

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lol, good point there. I do sometimes bite the end of my pen, so I have never had a problem with the ink getting into my mouth.

    2. David Trujillo profile image82
      David Trujilloposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Its usually the really cheap pens made from plastic, that will break under the nervous teeth trying to answer the tricky question that you go over and over, but can´t get to the answer hanging at the tip of the tongue.

  14. wqaindia profile image46
    wqaindiaposted 5 years ago

    I always use writing in pen as whatever you write is original whereas writing with pencil can be erased and you can tailor your ideas which may not reflect your true personality. I am typing this online and would also like the HP to withdraw the reedit facility available only for a few minutes. Readers can judge the words even if they are misspelled. Keeping in line with my motto "Speak Truth and Forget", I allow free flow of words from my heart either to be written by pen or through keyboard online but never with pencil which can give a distorted version of your personality tailor made to impress the online communities.

    1. embarrett91 profile image68
      embarrett91posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes! I was just explaining to my boyfriend this morning, how I really actually love the mistakes you can make with a pen. Say if I accidently wrote the wrong word, maybe it's the universes way of telling me, that word is okay, and it might fit!

  15. cat on a soapbox profile image97
    cat on a soapboxposted 5 years ago

    I prefer a mechanical pencil unless I'm writing a letter to someone.

  16. Grayson Ho profile image55
    Grayson Hoposted 4 years ago

    It's always pencil. I feel more confident when using pencil, my inspiration comes faster and i write faster when using pencil. lol

 
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