And now, for installment #2 of the Blog Hop for Writers.
Last time we discussed our writing goals. This week we’re discussing what writing tools we use.
In my opinion, the computer was one of the best technological advances for writers everywhere. I cannot imagine finding a mistake on Page 1 of a manuscript and retyping the entire thing. Edits and revisions . . . it just wouldn’t happen. Insert. Delete. Copy. Paste. What would I do without my computer? Personally, I wouldn’t want to find out.
Yes, I love physical books, but hunting through them for that tidbit of information I want to include in my writing is not my favourite thing. Whatever info I need at my fingertips in seconds . . . I love it!
Skills Development Books and Blogs
There is such a wealth of information available. Literary agent Steve Laube provided those of us who took his class with an extensive list of the best books for writers. (He has been in the industry over 30 years in various capacities and really knows his stuff.) I have a number of these books (plus many others) and plan to read some of them this year. It may sound strange, but just having them on my shelf gives me inspiration.
Opportunities to develop skills and rub shoulders with industry professionals. The chance to talk with men and women who “speak your language,” who know the joys and challenges that writers face. A place where authors, agents, editors, and publishers can network. If you haven’t been, you really should make plans to attend. Check out the Write Canada conference coming up in June. It’s going to be great.
Faith. Fitness. Pregnancy and childbirth. Writing and editing. And, of course, novels . . . lots and lots of novels. Both my physical and virtual bookshelves are bowing under the weight. And this year I’ve gotten back into reading mode. I love it. Though many of my volumes have nothing to do with the craft of writing, it’s as if I’m surrounded by dozens of fellow authors all the time.
My son’s girlfriend bought me a small, rolled notebook made from handmade paper and leather. I keep it in my purse should inspiration hit. (Thanks so much, Laura.)
Sarasa Gel Pens
It is said all writers have a favourite pen. I don’t know if it’s true, but within the last few years, I discovered an inexpensive pen that writes beautifully – and comes in a wide variety of colours. And when I found two multi-packs on half price at our local Walmart, I snatched them up. I hate misplacing even one of them, especially if it’s purple.
And most important of all . . .
My Fellow Writers
For me, every aspect of life is about relationships. So, whether it’s in person or online, my fellow writers – and, of course, my readers – are absolutely indispensable.