April 28, 2013
Question of the Week
What are your essential writing tools?
We all have our favorite writing tool, whether it be a book on craft, or computer software, or index cards. An ergonomic chair, perhaps. An MP3 player loaded with motivational music. A specific mug filled with a specific tea. It’s something that, once discovered, we can’t imagine how we had ever written without it. What writing tools do you consider to be essential?
My answer: Because my family is crazybusy and sometimes I have to write wherever and whenever I can, I cannot be dependent on a specific place or certain conditions in order to write. However, one thing I can’t imagine writing without is Scrivener writing software by Literature and Latte. Coming in a close second is Freedom software, which turns off my laptop’s internet connection for a length of time so I won’t be distracted by email and Twitter. When I’m away from home, I make heavy use of my smartphone’s Evernote app. I use it to jot down ideas for both my current and future manuscripts, and sometimes I even write complete scenes on it. When I return home, all I have to do is sync my notes to my laptop. Easy peasy. My only low-tech essential tool would have to be my knit, rainbow-striped slipper socks. Because, as everyone knows, cold feet block the flow of creativity.
YOUR TURN: What are your essential writing tools?