Camp NaNoWriMo Participants

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To my surprise and delight I discovered that I didn’t have to wait until November to enter a prestigious writing competition. I was driving myself mad with the waiting because I’d essentially finished plotting and making character profiles and I had nothing to stimulate me until then.
Fortunately I discovered Camp NaNoWriMo. I was relieved because I don’t much to do in August other than attending one class in one day for four days of the week and piano lessons. The writing bug has bitten me again and I’ve been writing at any chance that I can, including during seminars and classes. Now I have something to test my writing abilities.
Of course I am aiming to win but I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. There is always November and next year. I have plenty of story ideas (though they don’t have the potential to be turned into novels) to keep me busy. I’ve only told a few people of my plans for August so that I won’t be pressured by other people asking how I’m doing with my novel.
Below is the book and pen that I plan to use. The book is of A4 size, has 200 pages and has silky paper. The paper is lined with thin grey lines spaced at 8 mm. There are thirty lines per page and the book is stitch-bound. My mum bought it for me at the mall just when I was getting into pretty notebooks. The pen is Standard B-Gel with a 0.7 tip. I chose black ink because I’m using blue ink for my journal at the moment.
To August’s participants, good luck! Don’t worry about much. Just strive to get the words out. Happy camping!

Collection

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Here are photos of what my notebook collection looks like (though the books are arranged differently now):

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And this is what my pen collection looks like:

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What do you think, Nifty?

New Purchases

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I really shouldn’t be trusted with money and stationery shops.

Black and Blue – A Bruised Post

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My two favourite ink colours are black and blue. Not only are they acceptable in almost-all of situations (especially black), they are also my favourite colours. Coloured pens give me a kind of anxiety and nervousness that I don’t need while I’m writing.

Initially I had an amount of distrust for pens in primary school as they’re permanent and more-expensive than pencils. If I were to make mistakes while writing then I would have the cross them out, making the paper look unsightly. But soon after that I accepted them because I’d be using them for school for years.

I usually use black pens because they’re more-universal. But I recently bought a box of blue gel pens of my favourite brand, Snowman, to get a change of scenery. I love blue because it reminds me of water and the ocean.

What are your favourite colours to write with? Do you like standard or unusual colours, and why? Leave your answer in the comments below.

Workspace

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And of course the collection can only grow from here.

Writing Tools

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At any time I have three notebooks and two pens going. Two of the books are hardcover; one is spiral. Both pens are Snowman V-3s but come in two different colours, black and blue. I use the folio-sized hardcover as my journal, the B6 hardcover as my article notebook (I write almost all blog articles here before posting) and the B5 spiral as my novel (I also reserve another B5 spiral for my other stories though I haven’t written them down yet). I use the black pen for journal entries and the blue pen for articles and stories.

What are your writing tools? Comment below!