Welcome to day four of Make Writing Fun in 2013. So far, we’ve talked about good writing pens, writing with people, and writing in fun places. Today, we’ll concentrate on the fourth P, paper.

Paper – When writing by hand, the type of paper you choose is important. Usually, the first question is lines or no lines. I gotta have lines. I was always one of those kids who started off writing at the top of the blackboard and ended up in the bottom corner as if I’d fallen off a cliff. I do the same with paper that has no lines. That drives me crazy, so I always want lines.

I write small, so I prefer college or narrow-ruled paper. Wide or legal-ruled pages have 8.7 millimeters between the lines while narrow ruled only has 6.5 millimeters or a quarter of an inch. Now, aren’t you glad you know that fun fact?

You may favor a scratchy or newsprint paper like we all used in first grade where you feel your words taking shape on the page or maybe a paper so slick and shiny you worry your words may slide off the edge. Years ago, a friend gave me a beautiful journal of glossy paper with no lines. I felt such pressure writing in this book. I thought I had to write profound things on those shiny pages.

Do you like to write in notebooks or on loose paper?

The weight or thickness of the paper is also important. Everything from onion skin to card stock and beyond is readily available. Especially if you write on the front and back of the page, make sure the paper thick enough, so your words don’t bleed through.

Color is also important in choosing paper and may influence what you write. You can find paper of most any hue these days or sheets printed with beautiful borders. Pick a variety of colors and create your own rainbow of stories.

Today’s challenge: Go around your house and locate a variety of different types of paper. Feel the paper in books. Compare the pages of a paperback book with those of a hardback. Grab the newspaper and run your fingertips across it horizontality and vertically. Do the same with a magazine. Feel the texture of the paper of a letter you received. Then check out the phone book.

If you can do so without ruining something you want to keep, write a few words on these different papers and feel the way your pen travels across the page. Determine what type of paper works best for you and go get a notebook or loose leaf paper of that quality.

Share your thoughts – Did you survey the papers in your home? Did you learn anything you didn’t know before? What type of paper do you best like for writing? Do you prefer one color paper over another? What kinds of paper will you use to write in 2013?

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