I know, I know, I know. It seems obvious doesn’t it, the tools a writer would use. But every writer is different and uses different tools, so I’ve rounded up my must haves. I love learning what other people use and what they’re favorite products are. Sometimes one person’s favorite product becomes a new favorite of mine!
And besides, it’s September…who doesn’t love a little back to school flair to refresh for the end of the year?? I know I do…I’ll never own enough notebooks. Or pens. Or sticky notes. There’s just something so motivating about getting new supplies. Give me a new notebook, and I’ll have several new book ideas in one sitting.
Here are my favorite tools that I use for writing every single day.
Somewhere to Write:
Every writer needs a space to call their own to sit down and write. Whether you have a desk, a dining room table, a coffee shop, or the couch, you need a space that not only lets you get your butt in the chair to write, but also allows you a small respite from the normal world while you delve into your passion.
I use a desk with a filing cabinet to keep all my files, supplies, notebooks, and stationary in one place. I also have my computer, pens and pencils, and generally some fresh flowers on my desk to liven up the space. My husband and I share an office and we put our desks on either side of the window so we can look outside when we need to brainstorm.
Something to Write With:
I have a deep love for notebooks. I really just can’t get enough of them and I can never have too many. I use them for everything: writing stories, to do lists, journals, calendars, note taking, idea keeping, record tracking. Different sizes for different purposes too. I’m using this journal for my daily journaling, and this notebook set for notes regarding my website and blog and for brainstorming.
Depending on what I’m writing, I’ll use either Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Blog posts generally get written in Drive and stories and novels in Word.
Notebook and Pen:
I like to carry a small notebook with me wherever I go (these mini composition books work great!). They’re are all over my house and my car in case the need to write strikes: my purse, my nightstand, the car, my office, my desk, by the tv, etc.
I know the pen vs. pencil debate continues on, but for me nothing beats pen and this pen is the greatest pen I have ever written with. I received it as a grad gift and have replaced it twice since then because I just can’t write without it. Plus you can get replacement ink, so you’re not constantly having to buy a new pen. And it comes in pretty colors!
Thesaurus and Dictionary:
A thesaurus and a dictionary are the two greatest tools a writer can have. Whether you just go to www.dictionary.com or have actual hard copies, both are great resources when you’re stuck. They’ll help you find a new word, create rhymes, help you with spelling, and broaden your vocabulary.
Ah Pinterest. Where would we writers be without Pinterest! It’s an uncharted playing field of inspiration, writing prompts, ideas, and advice. Need to know the difference between types of swords? Check Pinterest. Want to learn how to write captivating dialogue? Look no further than your favorite writer blogger’s boards (here are mine!).
You can also create boards yourself. Corral writing prompts for when you’re lacking inspiration, put together an idea board for a new novel rolling around in your head, or create a board simply for writing tips to make you a better writer.
What is a writer, if not a reader? This is where we all start. We read a book we love and think, hey, I can do that too. And off we go on our merry way to create the next great stories. But to hone our craft, we have to keep reading. Not only does reading continue to inspire us and give us new ideas, but reading reminds us of why we started. Whether we read something we like or something we hate, we’ll be reminded over and over again why we started on this journey.
So fill your space with your favorite books, whether they’re on writing or not. I keep my absolute favorites close by, along with a few reference books, just in case.
What are your favorite tools?