Tools

Q – What would you put in your writers toolbox?

Creativity, imagination, discipline, focus, motivation, inspiration, knowledge, research.

Chocolate, wine, mints, pen, paper, pencil, highlighters, notebooks. paperclips. post its.

A – It all depends on how you like to work.

Most people nowadays are used to technology. You may want to invest in a desktop, laptop, or tablet. others prefer to use good old fashioned pen and paper. I have an obsession for notebooks. Can’t walk past a stationery shop without treating myself. It’s good to keep a small notebook in your handbag/pocket to jot down ideas and notes that come to you throughout the day.

As I said at Witchfest it is only during the past year that I have written straight to computer. Until then I worked better with pad and pen as I found that easier to edit. but alas I have moved with the times and do more work on my trusty laptop.

Dreams can be a great source of inspiration. If you can, I suggest that you keep a notebook by your bed, Those first few minutes when you wake can churn out amazing stuff. If you keep a journal or book of shadows , these can also provide good ideas to prompt or support your writing.

WORKSPACE

Many established authors boast of writing their masterpieces on paper napkins in coffee shops. I must live in the wrong part of the world because here you would get chucked out as soon as your cup went cold. However, it does make being a writer seem all dreamy and arty farty.

Reality is, if like me you have a ton of work and family commitments, you won’t have the pleasure of dawdling around Costa’s chewing your pen.

If you can create even the smallest area to use as your workspace, you will benefit from it. Ideally somewhere quiet with good lighting and comfortable seating. A corner in your bedroom, attic or garden shed will do. Claim your space and explain to others in the house that they are barred from touching anything. (remind them that you are a witch if common sense goes out the window).

PLANNING

We all have 24 hours in a day, plan your days to include time for your writing. Don’t get lost on Facebook pretending you are researching. You will only be cheating yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t keep rigidly to a schedule, it is more important that you take time out for yourself, to write, think, relax, read meditate or just lie back and listen to music. This all helps your creativity.