Writing Life

What’s in my toolbox?

Like any craft, writers have toolboxes full of things they use in the course of their writing. Over the years I've worked to figure out what tools I need in order to write. Of course, all I really need is a pen and paper and it doesn't have to be anything fancy but it's not very inviting or inspirational.  Here is what is in my writer's toolbox.

  • Journal - I use a handmade Midori style traveler's notebook in A5 size. I have handmade inserts that I can slip in and out of the notebook depending on which project I'm working on.
  • Planner - My planner is a Stalogy Notebook 365 in A5. It is a plain planner that I create my own layouts in.
  • Pens - My favorite pens are Tul retractable fine gel pens in black. I just noticed they have a set of colored pens that I will be trying soon.
  • Laptop - I have a Microsoft Surface Pro with a detachable keyboard. It is super lightweight for travel but big enough that I can see it.
  • Desktop - My desktop set up is a Dell Alienware gaming computer with a dual monitor set up. I will admit that when time allows I enjoy a bit of World of Warcraft.
  • Posterboard and sticky notes - the only way I have found that I can "see" the entire novel at a glance is to do the outline on sticky notes and stick them all to a piece of poster board.
  • Notecards - Colored notecards that I use at the beginning of my outline work. I can lay them out, move them around and make sure I've covered everything before transferring the information to sticky notes.
  • Various software and online programs.

There are probably more things I use regularly but these are the things I wouldn't want to be without.

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