I write my books with a simple word processor rather than Scrivener, and I take notes on mere paper instead of using Penultimate. I guess you could call me a throwback. Although I have both pieces of software -- I've even tried to use them -- the fact is, I prefer more traditional tools. That's just the way my mind works.
Did I mention I also have a tool fetish?
Above: If you keep track of such things, the outside pens are both Pelikans,
the black ones are Mont Blancs, the yellow ones are a Bexley fountain pen
and a Visconti rollerball, and in the center is a Montegrappa.
Despite my computer literacy, I do a lot of my work with pen and ink and paper. Any pen or paper will do, but if I have a choice in the matter, I prefer the good stuff. Carpenters probably feel the same way about their hammers -- or do they use nail guns now? (As a crime novelist, I'm more accustomed to thinking of how nail guns can be misused. And hammers, for that matter.)
For years I preferred rollerballs because they shared the fountain pen aesthetic without squirting ink all over the place. Plus they wrote a much finer line, and I have small handwriting. Then I discovered that fountain pen nibs come in a variety of sizes. My first pen, the Pelikan up top, was purchased in West Germany in the late 1980s and came with a Broad nib, which forced me to write much larger than normal. As a result, many of the love letters I wrote to my future wife look like they were written by an elderly man. I insisted on cursive, despite having switched to block letters in junior high, so they're not only large print but also shaky.
Now I've got the fountain pen thing under control. My only problem is finding the ultimate pen. Like so many inadvertant collectors, I ended up with a lot of pens when in reality I only want one. But it has to be the right one, know what I mean? Fortuately I've narrowed the field down to two or three possibilities.
The niftiest pen in the world has to be the Sheaffer Oversize Balance from the 1930s. I've been on the lookout for one of these for quite some time: