The No. 2 Pencil Is a Childhood Classic that Will Never Die
As a writer, I often start my work subconsciously, with scratches from a No. 2 Dixon Ticonderoga on the back of an envelope. I'm making a list of market vegetables, then a soothing repetitive geometric pattern...and suddenly I'm creating the beginning of a story, the wisp of a memory, a shy script for something I want to say to someone.
While in pencil, the words are erasable, forever changeable, and still belong to me alone. I use each one to its absolute end, until there's nothing left to hold. The pencil gives me its entire life. In return, I try to make it an honorable one.