I wasn’t quite sure where I’d start for my first entry, but I suppose you must start somewhere, and sometimes that is ink to paper. The whole idea about writing one of these blogs has been appealing for a long time, and for no reason, I started today.

But this topic is not just limited to writing blogs or what have you, I’m talking about writing in general.

For the past year, I’ve decided to practice my penmanship. Why? One reason was because I had atrocious writing. I was the kid in the back of the class constantly fidgeting, disrupting the class and paying no attention to how I can learn to write better. You know the one. Being in my late twenties, I decided to break free of my chicken scratch and put my nose to the grindstone, and that in and of itself was hard.

In this day and age, we don’t need to learn to write well. Right? I disagree, and I’ve disagreed before I started trying to repair mine. I just didn’t feel like I had the time or that I was just too far gone, but thoughts like these kill potential before it has a chance to even sprout, and I realized this later down the line. So, like all crafts, I decided to just take the time.

To write, with pen in hand, and write well, is to embody what our ancestors have done for hundreds, if not, thousands of years. The most important pieces of our histories were written by reed, quill and pen, yet because of the luxury of technology, we have softened our creative hands to the tip-tapping of keys. While this may be seen as a feat to some, it does not allow for as much creative potential as the pen does. It also does not exercise the mind, that wishes to express and to be refined, rather than being repressed and confined.

I can type quickly, typing this entry right now, and it is easy for me to transpose the information I am trying to convey to you very easily on a digital medium. Beyond efficiency, ease and compatibility, there is a certain thing that is missed out on, on the narrow plateaus of plastic tiles we vigorously stamp with our fingertips. That thing is freedom.

A long way to go…

It is knowing you are engaging with arguably the mightiest tool ever developed by mankind, and paying respects to your ancestors, whoever they may be or wherever they may be from.

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, Aramaic, Latin, Sanskrit… Whatever language it may be. These have blended calligraphy in many ways, from art to function, from story telling to chronicling, from declarations of war, to love.

Why would you attempt to improve your handwriting? Because it is respectful of where you came from. Because it enables greater use of creativity when trying to communicate. Because it is a dying art, being replaced by tempting technology.

Dip your toes into that ocean of ink to feel the satisfaction of becoming a better writer, in terms of penmanship, and pick up the mighty pen and offer it the respect it deserves.

The pen is the wand of worlds.

Wander well,

Sayer Teller

12 thoughts on “Ink

  1. Very well written. I couldn’t agree more with what you have put down here. I too, although with little shown improvement, have been trying to improve my penmanship. I started roughly a year ago by journaling for the first time in my life. As well as writing pen pal letters to random strangers from the reddit community. Even though my penmanship hasn’t improved very much, I have gained a much needed appreciation for the written word.

    I have always loved writing and stories have always pinballed their way through my brain. That is what motivated me to self-publish my NaNoWriMo novel in 2010. Didn’t sell well because I had no clue what I was doing. However, the new found appreciation for the written word has sparked my writing again and I will be handwriting my NaNo novel this year using my fountains pens and lovely colors of ink.

    I hope to read more amazing posts from you in the future. Here is to a (hopefully) successful NaNoWriMo 2017.

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    1. This is a brilliant comment, Jeff… Thank you for sharing this. I would be very interested in reading your novel if you don’t mind sharing it. Is it on Amazon KDP by chance? I’m very happy to also hear that you’re re-attempting NaNoWriMo, and am especially impressed with your willingness to attempt it in handwriting. I’m sad to say I won’t be doing the same this time around, however, the first novel I started to write a few years ago is still being done first in handwriting, using my trusty black TWSBI Classic with Tsuki-Yo… I like to think the name is fitting for the title of the book itself. I’m at that point where I’m afraid to finish it… You know, revisions, and all that… First book to hit the shelves will undoubtably by “The Curious Oddities of Lachesis Grim”. I’ll stamp a link on my website for it’s progress. I hope we can exchange a read and review my friend. I’m rooting for you!


      1. Thank you for the kind words. My book is no longer available online. After not knowing anything about promoting it, I unfortunately made the decision to pull it from being sold. I hope to one day re-write it and make it better. However, this year I have a good feeling I will be very pleased with the new novel as I have planned more and have a better understanding of what I need to do.

        I applaud you for continuing your first novel in handwritten form. I can relate to not wanting to finish a novel. I have another story that is roughly half written that sits in my desk waiting for me to finish it. I just can’t bring myself to write the second half. No reason other than stubbornness which is worse than writers block. I wish you all the luck and hope to read your novel in the future.

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  2. I’d like to. I have very uneven handwriting but mostly do not take the time to assume a good position to write. And I mostly write short notes and little things to remember… I need to. But there are so many other things too…

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    1. I like to think of developing penmanship this way: You’re going to be writing anyways, why not try to do it in a way that develops it? To me, it’s a bit like cooking. What would be better for me down the line? Cooking pre-packaged ramen, or cooking it from scratch, perhaps using healthier noodles, spices and vegetables? I mean, sure, the pre-packaged stuff is quick, cheap and easy, but it’s unhealthy and you’re not benefiting from it down the line. If you cook ramen by hand, the first few meals are going to look and taste… Well, not so good, right? But if you keep doing it, it’ll be healthier down the line and you could also surprise a person or two when you have them over for dinner… For the longest time I just abandoned my handwriting and went to electronic mediums, but eventually I became more cognizant of what I was writing when I was taking the time to write it. Taking notes by hand in class, I’ve heard, helps retention as well, so I assume writing things in a calendar or just through creative writing will produce longer lasting impression. It’s a fascinating topic, one that I love to explore! Give it a chance, I will be reviewing a tool shortly that will improve anyone’s handwriting, no matter how illegible. All it takes is practice, and sometimes it just takes a basis to get things rolling!


  3. Love this entry, Sayer. Many years ago I did a LOT of calligraphy and it brought me great satisfaction and pleasure and then it just kind of slipped off the table as life progressed. I even had a separate “sloped desk”. Now, as a senior citizen who’s not quite retired, I am starting to see “windows of opportunity” for recovering some of my “lost” skills and calligraphy is high on that list. And just to date myself even more, we were graded on penmanship when I was in my early school years. I always loved writing and got top grades in that 🙂 Now, as I have aged, my penmanship has slipped, partly due to some nerve issues – sometimes my hand just stops for no reason. Anyway, I’m totally on board with you on this section so keep it coming! And I’ll have to do a blog on this myself, sometime.

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    1. That’s fantastic, Rich, thank you so much for sharing! I would love to read it. It’s too bad what they’re doing with the current educational system, they’re removing cursive classes. It’s unfortunate, but perhaps there will be a resurgence yet!


  4. Hello, and thanks for the follow. I have to admit, I took one look and decided I would have to start at the very beginning of yours lol. I hope you don’t mind me being a tad contrary in opinion though. I do appreciate fine penmanship and calligraphy as an art form for its own sake, but I sir, have been a journaler for years and have killed WAY too many trees to ever go back to it lol.

    Seriously, two bookshelves worth is a lot to pack up on moving day, and being still alive and decidedly not famous , no museums are interested in taking them off my hands yet. I also lack the memory I once had for spelling and my grammar never was all that good so, suffice to say I have a strong appreciation for spelling and grammar check. The trees are probably grateful for that too.

    Anyway, nice to meet you! It’s getting late but I will be back to read some more.


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    1. Well you unintentionally bring up a point where I’m an incredible hypocrite, seeing as I love to write with pen and paper, but I love the trees as well. It will take more time for me to come to a better way to nourish my craft. I’m impressed by your dedication, two bookshelves! Consider me a fan of yours already. It’s my pleasure to make your acquaintance, Cherilyn.

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      1. Hehehehe, well, I wasn’t practicing my penmanship at the time, so for me I likely wrapped up some bad tree karma points. I do think it could be different given that it is a matter of art form. The world is owed some beauty karma points so the trees might consider that worth while. Sure beats my scribble lol.

        And the pleasure sir is all mine. Have a good night!

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