June 10th of each year, National Ballpoint Pen Day recognises the useful writing utensil and commemorates the anniversary of the patent filing on June 10, 1943.

The inventors of the pen are László József Bíró, and John J. Loud. The latter was not a commercial success and approximately fifty years later along came László, a Hungarian-Argentine inventor, who patented the first modern ballpoint pen.

The biro or ball point pen revolutionised the way we write. Previously, scribers would either use a pencil or a fountain pen.

Many of today’s authors began their careers writing books with a pen and pad. Before that, no doubt, earlier authors, like Charles Dickens would use a pencil.

Here are some titles that began life on a simple writing pad. One is a short story I wrote back in the early nineties. It’s a free read, and the li k leads to my website.

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