What are your tools of the trade? What do you use for your writing?
This may sound a silly question, but what you use to write with is important. Heard the saying a worker is only as good as the tools he uses? Well, it’s true.
As we enter the last day of Queensland Writers’ Week (well, for me it is as I write on a full time basis five days a week and need my weekends to recharge my creative batteries), I thought a brief discussion about some of the tools of my craft would be appropriate.
I never go anywhere without my trusty Moleskine notebook and Lamy fountain pen. I have found ideas crop up in my mind at the most unexpected moments. I have also found that often I come across a piece of information, the name of a book or something else that could be useful in my writing. It is also most useful and productive to spend half an hour or so in a local coffee shop thinking and making notes.
Once I am ready to begin actually writing, I sit down in front of my iMac, fire up Scriviner and begin working on the structure of the book. I love using the cork board for this. I can juggle chapters and sections around at will and can get an instant idea of what the structure of the book will look like.
If I am working on a shorter piece, like an article, then I usually write on my laptop, which runs on the Chakra Linux operating system. I love using Linux as it gives me so much more ‘control’ over my software and is nice and easy to use while still allowing me to program in what I like and discard that which I don’t. Panders to the geek in me, nothing more.
So what tools do you use? Which can you add to your writer’s tool bench?