The thing about writing is that you can accomplish it without much in the way of tools. Really, all you need to finish a book is something to write on and something to write with. Of course, a computer is also helpful, but strictly speaking, it is not a requirement. Theoretically, you could write your entire book in pencil on legal pads and find someone to type it up for you.
But that would be theoretically. In the real world, it is good to have some niceties. And this lack of a need for tools is one reason I got excited the other morning when I realized I had some things to recommend to have on hand when writing a book. Though, in truth, I guess they would more accurately be called supplies than tools. But work with me, just for the sake of it, would you?
Here they are:
1. A good spiral notebook or binder. This will be used for brainstorming, free-writing, working out your ideas for characters, writing down descriptions, and so on.
2. A seperate notebook for notes. This can be a small notepad or a small binder or whatever strikes your fancy. To my mind, it is necessary because brilliant ideas and directions for changes in your book get lost in the mad rush of writing that goes on in #1.
3. A vision board. For the visually-minded, a book-writing vision board which collects images and words to inspire you is a wonderful boon.
4. A story board. Not to be confused with #3, a story board actually tells the story of your book, scene by scene, on individual index cards or post-it notes tacked up on a board. Its a great aid in seeing where you are going and keeping track.
5. Post-It Notes. I can't live without them. My desk is littered with them, stuck on shelves, to-do lists, in notebooks, on journal pages, everywhere.
6. A binder. Use this for putting printed book pages in. Nothing is more inspiring than seeing the pages stack up!
7. A carry-along notebook. You might want to make #2 do double-duty, but you might also want to choose something compact. Just make sure you have something with you to make notes on when inspiration strikes–I often use my phone.
8. A box of pens. Because you'll go through them.
And then, of course, there's that metal thing called a computer…
What are your must-have tools or supplies for writing a book?
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