Johann Wolfgang von Goethe explains in his autobiography, that in writing poetry he preferred pencils "I liked best to get hold of a lead pencil, because I could write most readily with it; whereas the scratching and spluttering of the pen would sometimes wake me from my somnambular poetizing, confuse me, and stifle a little conception in its birth. For the poems thus created I had a particular reverence." See Truth and Poetry: From my Own Life, trans. Rev.A.J.W Morrison, Bell & Daldy: London 1868.
Well, I don't write poetry and there is no danger of anything waking me from "somnabular poeticizing," but I still like pencils—mechanical pencils, that is.
I wonder what Goethe would have made of typewriters.