One Writer’s Journey

August 12, 2014

What Tools Do You Need to Write?

ToolsAsk 10 different writers and you’re going to get 10 different answers.  These answers will vary by equipment (PC, desktop, Mac, laptop, or tablet), program (Word or Scrivner) and even location (home office, coffee shop, dining room table or library).

Do you know what this variety should tell you?  That there is one thing and one thing only that you need to write your novel, article or poem.

You absolutely without fail must have your imagination.

Everything else is somewhat optional.  Really.  I mean it.  I prefer to work in my home office on my desk top.  No, it isn’t portable but I can shut the door and have some control over my environment.  That said, I’ve also drafted a picture book on Post-It notes, articles on a laptop in a dining hall and another book in a notebook on the tailgate of my SUV while my husband and son were shooting.

Mark Twain wrote with a fountain pen on paper at this desk.  Yes, the desk has extra fancy turned legs, but I doubt seriously that affected his productivity.

Rowling charted the amazingly complicated world of Harry Potter on loose leaf paper.  She didn’t have spread sheets or a computer.

Yes, certain environments are more conducive to writing than others but don’t let that by your reason for not writing.  Instead let your imagination pull you into your story and use it to spin something that is uniquely your own.  Maybe this time you’ll do it sitting in the park and the next time you’ll be at home in your kitchen.  As long as you have your imagination, you have what you absolutely must have to work.



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