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The perfect pencil

I was talking with my sister yesterday. She picked up a pencil. She asked if it was mine. I said yes. She said she was surprised that I used pens and pencils, computer guy that I am. I took her down to my desk and showed her the three dozen PaperMate (formerly Berol)  Mirado pencils I have in their packages. And the handful in the pencil holder. And told her about the dozen or two I have at work.

I didn’t tell her that there are more in my briefcase. And another dozen in the desk drawer here where I am writing.

Why do I have so many? Why do I like them so much?

Because they live up to their word.

The package says “The world’s smoothest writing pencil. Guaranteed!” I’ve tried lots of pencils. These are the smoothest writing pencils.

Why does it matter? Because I actually write on paper sometimes. I outline posts. I brainstorm projects. I write to find out what I’m thinking. When I do that, I want as little physical interruption in the process. And these pencils move smoothly.

Why even mention this?

Because little pieces matter to the creative process. And the more you know know about what you like, about what works, about what you prefer, the easier it is to have moments of delight as you work.


As I was writing, I realized that another writing instrument I like are old-fashioned PaperMate Flair pens.

Apparently PaperMate knows something about how I like to write.

They have never given me any samples, however.


Here’s how to get your own, in a convenient 120-dozen package: PaperMate Mirado Woodcase Pencil, HB #2, Yellow Barrel, 120 – 12ct boxes


What’s your favorite writing instrument?