It is said that John Steinbeck sharpened 24 pencils every morning to start his day. He went through 300 pencils in writing East of Eden; 60 a day in writing the Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. But the most astonishing thing about pencils is that one pencil can write around 45,000 words!
Maybe I ought to switch from the computer keyboard to the pencil? The pencil appears to weild a power all its own.