» Favorite Pencil: Never Waste a Blackwing
This image from Aaron Delcourt of a Blackwing 602 pencil is my choice for best pencil picture to date!
“I use my Blackwings for writing my manuscripts. I write all of my manuscripts on standard sized index cards in pencil (Blackwings, 602’s, and Dixon Ticonderogas). In fact, I’ve just finished my first full length novel using this index format. It’s preferable because I can write the material out of order, which allows me to more actively control the flow of the story and themes. I’m currently working on a typed rewrite which I’m hoping to publish soon. The pencil in the photo was sharpened with a box cutter towards the end, and believe it or not I actually used it until it was unsharpenable. This is the back side of one of my index cards. I do this whenever I can’t remember how to spell a word.”