Tools of the trade

A writer's necessities
Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable.
                –Walter Benjamin, “The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses”

Whatever one’s trade, who does not love the tools employed in it? Included in the pastor’s trade is surely the craft of writing—authoring sermons, newsletter communiqués, talks to civic clubs and more. Mention tools for writing in the 21st century and most people are apt to think first of the computer, with its function as what used to be barbarically called a word processor. The writer’s needs in this regard are basic and homely.


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