When my Pen missed the Paper

Times I think and ponder over the issues in the past. How I would keep searching for my diary, frantically run towards the desk, hurriedly grab the pen and write down the thought that stuck me at that time; so that it doesnt get lost forever in oblivion unless I ink that down. Such was the excitement and impetus for writing diary. I remember the time back in my school days, every year I would complete the diaries to their last page, and now I have diary from (I just went back to see) 2015, still incomplete, blank pages after blank pages, still waiting to be drenched by ink in some calligraphic way.

I don’t know what changed, some way suddenly to deprive me of my holy relation with my diary, but in some way or another, I can blame the intrusion of technology in our lives. You can’t take your diary everywhere, but guess what remains on us at all times? Our smartphones or tablets… And we no longer have to fumble the diary or search for pen. All we have to do is unlock the phone and write it down. The usage of apps like Evernote, Google Keep has increased manifold in my personal life. And admit it, it’s easy to copy those thoughts from Keep to WordPress instead of typing it down all over again.

I still remember I gifted myself a Waterman Fountain pen, quite an exclusive piece, as an appreciation of my love for writing, and to keep on the love affair. But as you know, times change. That exclusive pen is still sitting idly in the pen stand, and I chose to ignore it. Even when I’m writing this piece, I prefer my smartphone. Times change.

My style of writing changed too eventually. In the diary, I used to write those personal moments, sacred ones, too personal ones; now I don’t have any record of them. I just write poems, articles or opinions. I guess I’m losing that personal touch. I still have piles of papers where I would draft and finalize my poems, with words cut out, new ones inserted; it all looked messy but beautiful. Now everything is crispy clear and looks boring.

I lost my handwriting in the process. Those years of practice, I had perfected the art of writing. People who would read would compliment my handwriting (poems and articles too!). But the demise from pen and paper has rendered the art to desolation. I no longer have that skill and I’m seriously ashamed when I look into my previous works. What can I say? I’m a changed man now.

Reviving old habit.

With the start of my new series, 4 Words Daily, I’m attempting to revive this old habit of mine. Hope I get into this.

Have a good day; and thanks for visiting the blog!!




12 Comments on “When my Pen missed the Paper

  1. That’s a good habit to have. I keep a journal for my posts. And although I keep small notes on my iPhone, I do all my writing on my journal – I won’t trade the ‘ole pen and paper for nothing! 😆

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    • Lucky you, but when you have to manage a job life with your passion for writing, you have to find alternatives…and that’s where tech helped me; making me lose the old school pen and paper.

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      • I understand. But my journal isn’t nearly as neat as yours. I scribble quick thoughts and things that come to mind. At the end it looks a bit more like chicken scratch but hey, I try! Life’s busy but I do always turn to pen and paper none the less.

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      • Oh that! I started my journal again for the lost love of my beautiful handwriting…I just managed to ruin my art, and just starting to revive it from the ashes..

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  2. Indeed technology has diluted the affair we had with journals and pens. Although it has given us a plethora of options to quickly write what we think but that urge as children to write something, may be on the last page of a notebook is only memory now.

    I still use a fountain pen to write down notes as work, the least that I can do.

    Loved this article.

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    • I followed my dad’s footstep: He still uses pen and paper. But to manage the responsibilities of a job and passion for writing, we can’t always use them; so unwillingly, technology has to be adopted. Sad truth that is.

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