*leans back to take a cool sip of coffee* *Chokes on said cup of coffee*
It is I, Amie again, and I am here to give you a rundown of a writer’s necessities. It’s a very serious subject I’m about to write on, so please be considerate of this. I thank you kindly.
#1 A Pen
A pen is a very tricky object. Some are dead, others flow, while some scratch, and others give the most uncomfortable blisters ever. If you’re serious about being a writer, you must be serious about your companion, a pen. Your pen will treat you well, if you treat it well. Some people prefer pencils, but they disappear a bit faster from the universe. You need a trusty sidekick that is compatible with…
#2 A notebook
Life would be extremely dull without a place to put your thoughts. If you’re anything like me, you um…Well, forget everything you think of in a short amount of time. Or perhaps that is only my problem. And so, as a writer, you need to remember what you’re supposed to be writing, and not move on to the next project. Keep your mind focused on the project at hand instead of interviewing the potential projects for the future.
#3 A beverage
Maybe I’m the only person that finds having something to drink keeps me from getting up a million times and never actually writing? If I know I won’t die of thirst in the middle of a chapter, I’m comfortable. We can start the action, and ignore the fact that you just remembered you have a mile high pile of dishes to clean.
#4 Books, books, and more BOOKS.
Um, more than half of the work going into the novel is research and inspiration, so a writer obviously needs books, books, and more BOOKS. Just as a musician needs to be acquainted with all forms of music, an author needs to be grounded in all types of genres and writing styles. The beginning of writing is reading. (Actually 95% of writing is reading.)
You get cold sitting right next to the air vent, or just doing nothing in the middle of winter (or perhaps summer?) is very bone chilling, and so, you need your blankets. I have about three different trusty blankets. A winter blanket (that I have wrapped around me now, LOL.) a fall/summer blanket, and my summer blanket. Blankets are very very needful.
#6 Out of this world imaginations.
Okay, so not every writer has this, but some of the best do. And according to everyone that knows me, so do I. It’s very helpful to be able to imagine a whole new world in five minutes. (No, don’t tell me that I left a lot of loop holes. Pantsers don’t like being told that.) It’s very helpful to come up with unique ways to murder someone, or unique ways to drive a car.
Food is very important to most writers, though I find food distracting. Most writers have their special food (CHOCOLATE, anyone? I honestly prefer lettuce) that helps the creativity. Find your special food and…Um, have it boost creativity.
#8 Places to people watch
People watching is one of my favorite sports as long as I can sit in a corner. I like to make up descriptions and write small sketches with people I see. It can be very entertaining, and I’m hoping it actually improves writing skills…(Though I’m not sure if it improves my people skills.)
Writing inspiration music is the perfect thing for setting the tone for a scene you’re about to write. I used to be too distracted by the music to actually write, but I’ve learned how to multitask. 😂 Find the music for your story, and enjoy it! For my WIP, I’ve been listening to a lot of 40s music.
You probably need a computer (or typewriter) to write your story. After you have everything else, that is. 😉
And that, my friend, are some of the needed things for being a writer. I hope you enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for Cam’s next post. (She’s been working rather hard on it.)