The Trade Tuesday: Writing Supplies

I thought that this week we'd look at a much lighter subject than usual and one which just about everyone can appreciate. As writers, a lot of us are a bit obsessed with various brands of notebooks, pens, pencils, and the like. I thought that I'd discuss my top five favorite writing related products.

1. Probably my absolute favorite would be my 12 carat gold Cross rollerball pen. If you are a bit of a nerd like me, you might know that Cross no longer makes 12 carat gold pens. To me, that makes mine a hundred times better. Cross pens' quality were much better a decade or so ago, in my opinion, so always pick up older Cross products off of eBay if you can. I love mine because it looks really classy, and the refills make even my chicken scratch look pretty elegant. (They should given how expensive they are. Definitely get them for Christmas or something.)

2. I'm a bit obsessed with Paperblanks journals. And by a bit obsessed, I mean that I have eighteen of them. If you haven't seen them, they're much more than just regular journals. They're really more like pieces of art that you get to write in. Heck, if you hate writing, still buy a few just so you can look at them! For fountain pen users, they also have high quality paper, and I haven't had any issues. Check out some of the journals in my collection in the (pitifully low quality) image above!

3. I don't really know how I feel about their larger notebooks, but I really like Moleskine's extra small Volant journals. They're super small, but I use them a lot to write down little ideas that I have here and there. I carry one in my wallet, so they really are quite small. Don't use them to write your whole novel, but they're great if you have a crummy short term memory like me and tend to have interesting ideas randomly.

4. So a Macbook might not be a writing supply necessarily, but I've done a lot of writing on mine. They're really light, and very easy to use. If you want to spend your time writing rather than figuring out how to use a computer or worrying about it not working, go with a Macbook. [Marc Estes, the founder of Snow Leopard, will have a coronary when he reads this part as a devoted Apple hater, so we'll see if I'm still around for next week's blog post. ;) ]

5. Google Drive is also one of the techy writing tools that I really enjoy. It's nice to be able to pick up your writing on any device, and I also like being able to just share a link to a file with someone rather than having to pray to the Word gods that my file will upload when I use my Windows computer.

What writing supplies can you not live without?