The Art Of Writing

he creation of pens has essentially facilitated the basis of our civilization. It is through pens that we could write and communicate information for generations to come. The greatest works of art from writers like Shakespeare or the greatest discoveries in science by Galileo, Newton, or da Vinci would not be common knowledge, if not for the pen.

Have you ever wondered how we went from using a quill pen to the very common modern-day ballpoint pens? Let’s take a stroll down the history of one of the most underrated inventions of mankind — a pen.

The fountain pen was patented by Petrache Poenaru , a Roman inventor in 1827. This pen had an ink barrel and so didn’t need to be dipped in ink regularly. This design, however, was never perfected. It had major flaws in the flow of ink which resulted in occasions when either no ink would flow or too much ink would flow, causing blotting.

Fountain pens are a favorite for calligraphy enthusiasts and even professional artists in need of perfect ink distribution for their artwork. Others buy the most expensive fountain pens in order to relieve themselves from stress from writing with a normal ball point pen.

Today, with the advent of technology, pens are being replaced by smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and the use of pens is steadily declining. However, pens will go down as one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind.

There are also stories about pens

The story of the pencil

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:

‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’

‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’

‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpner. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’

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