This post is inspired by the book, The Secret Life of the Pencil , which features the writing tools of a variety of artists. (This particular pencil is owned by the writer Dave Eggers.) That got me to thinking about what helps me be creative. At first, I thought about an old cheese grater I frequently use, even though I have newer, spiffier models. But I’m also very stubborn about notebooks. I love the brand, Miquelrius , because of their cover art, the size between the lines and the way that they bend. What’s one of your favorite tools?