When you write often, you start to develop preferences for certain writing instruments and you start to loathe others. When I was in middle school, gel pens were a big trend. Everyone wrote with them (until teachers banned them) – on their hands, on the desks, on everyone else’s hands…
I loved gel pens, too. I got the kind that sparkled, and when you ran your finger over the text, you got sparkles all over your finger. I got scented ones – and I can still smell the scent of those gel pens on notebooks I finished over ten years ago. I got the neon ones, the metallic ones… they were amazing. I even got a notebook with black pages so the bright colors of the pens could show up better. To this day, I wish I had bought more of those black-page notebooks. I have not been able to find one like the one I had.
Pens with gel ink are nice, but they’re not made for intense writing. I bought a few black gel ink pens about two years ago, and they didn’t last me very long. That gel ink writes so smoothly, but it runs out quick. I like a pen that can last me a while.
So I found the InkJoy pen. They’re ballpoint pens, but they write so smoothly and they don’t run out of ink as fast as gel pens. The ink doesn’t smear or smudge, you don’t have to bear down hard on the paper to get it going… it’s just plain awesome. In a way, it brings back the joy of using gel pens… an odd writerly joy, but a joy nonetheless.
Do you have a favorite writing instrument?