December 12, 2014

Casual Friday: Writing Essentials

Happy Friday Misfiteers!

While I was getting ready for a trip over the summer I became super aware of what I actually use when I’m writing. In fact, I was so worried about packing an adequate amount of post-its, I almost forgot several very necessary things. Like sunscreen. 

(No sunscreen in Austin is a terrible, terrible plan.)

But it got me thinking. What kinds of things do I think of as my “writing essentials.” What do I use the most when I’m plotting, writing, or editing? And I came up with a list:

  • Colorful pens
  • Post-its
  • Gummy bears
  • Tea
  • Big windows (for post-it plotting)
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Timer for sprints
  • Spotify
  • Highlighters
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Scrivener
  • Red lipstick

Even when I move my writing from my office to the living room, I take armloads of things with me. It all ends up scattered across the couch, floor, and coffee table in a jumbled mess my husband likes to call “novel tornado.”

Some days I can be really productive with music playing and other days SimplyRain and the tiny cracking thunderstorms in my headphones are what work for me. I know that my fingers get cold even in the summer and that I’ll spend more time thinking about how cold they are than actually writing if I can’t find my gloves.

I’d lose my mind without gummy bears. They’re my number one sugar weakness. (Closely followed by sour straws.) And for some reason, every time I get blocked, red lipstick changes me into a super plot ninja that can suddenly power through any problem.

And who doesn’t want to be a plot ninja? Especially on those extra difficult days.

I feel it’s really important to understand your writing process whether it’s massive amounts of post-its, or ten thousand cups of coffee, or a lucky pen. A friend of mine spends a lot of time writing longhand in her collection of really cool notebooks. And some people can’t be productive unless they’re at a coffee shop or somewhere that’s not their house. Knowing what works is half the battle.

So what works for you? What’s in your writing arsenal? Are you a post-it person, or a coffee shop person? What makes you the most productive?

And if your answer is gummy bears, I already love you. *high five*

Megan G.

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