About The Site & Me
Hello, my name is Mark Tucker, and I really like to write. To be more specific, I like to write fiction. I would love to publish a novel at some point, but as of now, I’m still very much a novice learning the craft. In all honesty, I’m still at that very early stage of my writing journey where rereading my rough drafts makes me want to run them through a paper shredder. I won’t even show my wife my work.
However, this isn’t a site about my journey as a writer. It is about writing though. Writing by hand.
Write Analog is about pencils, pens, paper and other analog tools used for the writing and creative process.
As I’ve been learning (or attempting to learn) the writing craft and actually trying to put the stories in my head into some sort of readable form, I’ve (re)discovered the satisfaction of using analog writing tools. With this site, I want to share my personal experience of using these wonderful tools.
I’ve had a few enablers on my analog writing journey. It started with The Pen Addict blog by Brad Dowdy and his great podcast (co-hosted with Myke Hurley). They got me back into using pen and paper again, and I realized how much I missed the very basic process of putting my pretty awful handwriting on paper.
Not that long ago, I started listening to the awesome Erasable Podcast hosted by the pencil triad of Andy Welfle, Johnny Gamber and Tim Wasem. It made me revisit using woodcased pencils, and over the years I guess I forgot how much I love writing with (and sharpening) them. They’ve helped me come to the realization that I’m more of a “pencil guy”. I still love my pens, but pencils are winning for sure.
The bottom line is that I rediscovered how much I love writing by hand.
It was that simple. I started writing notes, outlines and first drafts by hand. I was more productive, and my results were better. And maybe most important of all, using analog writing tools made my writing time more enjoyable.
I’ve come to enjoy “writing” (the physical act of putting words down on paper) as much as “writing” (attempting the craft of composing awesome fiction).
As much as I love writing by hand, I’m by no means anti-digital. I’m typing this on my MacBook Pro, and I’m tethered to my iPhone like a teenager. Apps and software are awesome, but my creative process has evolved to a point where the analog component is more important and makes me happier. For later stages of the writing process, digital is absolutely necessary, and enjoyable in a different way.
I started Write Analog because I needed an outlet to express my love for analog writing tools and the joy I experience using them for my newfound writing process. Also, as many of you may already know, spouses and co-workers can only take so much “pencil and pen” talk before things get awkward. This blog will be my “safe zone” to geek out over stuff most people don’t really “get”. I’ll assume that if you’ve made it this far, you get it. Welcome.
A goal I have for Write Analog is to provide interesting information about various analog writing tools. This may be in the form of product reviews, and anything else I think you may like to read. I’m being a little vague on purpose. My future interests, processes and tools I like using will certainly steer the blog’s direction. I want to share with you as I learn and experience new things. I hope to help readers discover new stuff they might want to add to their “analog toolbox”.
I also want to focus on the experience of using these tools. In my opinion, using analog writing tools enhances and improves the writing experience. Instead of simply being a means to an end, I believe they elevate the creative process and result in a different and potentially better product.
Write Analog is for those who already have a passion for analog writing tools, and those who are interested in stepping away from their computer/tablet/phablet/phone for a bit and trying a new (or rediscovering an old) way of putting words on paper.
Check out The Write Analog Manifesto here.
A little about me. . .
I’m happily married with three awesome kids. Thankfully, my wife tolerates my pencil, pencil sharpener, pen, paper and Field Notes obsession. I live in beautiful Missoula, Montana. For my day job, I work as a Certified Medical Dosimetrist.
Below is a pretty recent family photo. You’ll have to take my word for it, but all of our kids really are happy. Considering it was an unseasonably cold day for our photo shoot, I’m happy we were able to get one to smile.