Can you please give me advice, or share recommendations, about non-disposable, easy writing pens for a left-handed writer? Not ballpoint, and need free-flowing ink. I have tried various gel, ball-point, fountain, and dip pens, and I prefer a sustainable solution.
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My primary avocation is writing fiction, and I had a pretty serious bout of writer's block last year. I am slowly coming out of it, and a significant part of that has been switching modalities regularly -- using keyboard, dictation, and pen or pencil. Don't know if it's correlation or causation, but it works.
The one problem has been getting going writing with a pen. I have been losing 5-10 minutes most days, mucking around with wiping excess ink off of my fountain pen, inconsistent flow, etc. I have been using a Levenger True Writer fountain pen (I am not a pen geek, but I'm naming for context for those of you who are). I was for the longest time filling up the reservoir, but the ink just doesn't seem to flow that well, and I have to refill at least once per writing session. More fiddling! I have been using Levenger Raven Black, and I live in a location with four seasons with fluctuating humidity.
This year, frustrated with the cartridge situation, I've taken to dipping the nib directly into the ink bottle, which brings its own problems -- the aperture is built for a cartridge, it's super-messy, etc. This week I tried a dip pen again, and I had a brief out-of-body-ish moment where I realized I was using a motherfucking dip pen because I was having problems making a 19th century writing technology work for me in 2014. There has to be a better way.
I am pretty clearly futzing around in part because of writing anxiety, but reckoning up how much time this is taking showed me that it's passed beyond silly delaying and into a problem. I have a full time career apart from writing, and this is taking anywhere from 2-10% of my writing time per week, on weeks where I'm writing by hand. I bought some disposable Uni-Ball pens yesterday, because they've worked for me in past, but I don't want that to be my permanent solution. Garbage, plastic, seabirds eating dead pens, etc., etc.
So: I appreciate your suggestions and advice. Inks, ink additives, types of pen, writing practices, ways to make my fountain pen work better, websites, etc. I've poked around online, but I'd like advice from someone who has faced similar problems or knows their pens/inks. Thank you.