I love buying stationery-pens, paper,notebooks,anything to do with writing. Then I get my books and pens home and they are all far too good to use. I don't want to spoil my new book by writing in it,and my pens are just perfect to put in a pencil case for later.
It is the newness of the notebook. I could write anything in it, but will my writing be good enough or neat enough. For years I used to write on scrap paper and then I'd lose all my writing.
It is about taking yourself seriously,and so today I bought a set of coloured pens,a rainbow of colours,all far too good to use. I know really good artists who use scrap paper and wax crayons,or the biro left on the kitchen table. It is as if buying a sketch book makes their art too serious,and art like writing needs an element of fun. So I shall open my packet of ten assorted pens,and,like James Joyce, write in my book my name,and address-the world,the universe.