When people use pen for writing, I use pen for thinking. Here’s how.
As soon as I sat down and ordered my latte, I opened my bag to take search for a pen. To my horror, I changed my bag yesterday night, and completely forgot to chuck in one.
But I already have an iPad, so why do I need a pen?
Ironically, I don’t use a pen for writing, I use a pen for thinking.
By turning it.
I learned the art of turning pen by the time I was 8. My older sister came home with a new skill she has gotten from the boys at her school, and I envied her. I sat on my bed, frantically trying to copy her skills of turning pen. After three hours of struggle and countless times of dropping my pen, I gained success.
Soon, I was learning new tricks, and now I have mastered quite a few for them. When I was younger I used to brag about my pen turning skill, and to teach my friends who were keen to learn. Then it became a habit.
In high school, I bet everyone knew that I love turning pen. Teachers got angry at my class because the constant sound of pens dropped, as it was very distracting.
When I receive a pamphlet in shopping malls, I would curl it into a small pipe and start turning it.
Until now, I am almost never seen without a pen, even when I am typing on my Mac. I will type, and during those brief moments between finishing one sentence and starting the next, I would grab a pen, turn it, and go back to typing.
So why am I so obsessed with turning pen?
For one, I believe it makes me think better.
I don’t know if it’s just a habit, or a fact that my right hand feels incredibly itchy, craving to hold a pen right now because I have none to be turned in between my typing. But I believe turning a pen makes me think. It helps me formulate my words and gives me enough time to arrange them before I start to write the next sentence.
If people used to say that we need to stop for a while and think before we speak, turning a pen forces me to stop for three seconds and think before I write.
And to type without one is a very big mistake.
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