Hey Wanderers! The travel will begin again really soon, but in the meantime I’ve got some more author tips for you. I learn something new every day about writing, editing, formatting and reading but the biggest lesson? What I need when I’m writing.
What does that even mean?
I have to have things in my writing space a certain way in order to write and write well. Maybe it’s my own little quirky thing but I bet many of you have similar quirks. Sure, lots of writers can write anywhere and pump out a story, but I choose to be in my own space to create my stories. When I do, I’ve discovered I really have a few items that must be within reach, or I feel out of sorts.
One: Notecards. Or a notebook or something. The key is to have something you can jot down an idea, reminder or note about something very important in the story. This is so you can find it later for reference without having to read your entire manuscript to verify it. For example a characters eye color. Maybe you write their eyes as blue during their introduction to the reader, but later forgot that fact and now they’re written with brown eyes. Whoops, can’t have that now. This is why notes are important as you write along.
Two: More than one pen. Oh, yes… it’s like the tape during holiday gift wrapping. Those pens will vanish like a toot in the wind and it’s usually right when you desperately need to write down something vital.
Three: Water. You are probably going to be extremely focused on your work… or at least sitting there for a while staring at the screen. Dehydration is real and it turns your brain into useless mush. Try to remember to always have something to sip on—with a lid if you’re like me and prone to spills.
Four: Flashdrive. Yeah I know it’s ‘old school’ but there’s nothing more devastating than losing an entire manuscript to the oblivion of failed technology. It’s happened to me and I’ve never gotten over it, or gotten the story back from the deep well in my mind. Save your work ALL the time in multiple places.
Five: Want. Weirdest one, but most important. You have to want to be there writing. If you don’t want it, it won’t work. There are days when I don’t want to write, not because I suddenly dislike it or something but because maybe I want to read, or go hiking or pretend I can paint like Picasso. Writing is something you should want to do, not something you have to do.
I hope these tips will help you with your writing. Until next time, keep those boots wandering and the imagination thriving!