Writing Tools: Keep Them Handy! By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Photo by Susan Hanniford Crowley – I was at the lake at the perfect moment.

Being a writer is more than pounding the computer every day and trying to think up great stuff. For one thing, amazing stuff happens all around us. Some of it, I admit is very loud. Some are so subtle so quiet, that it’s easy to miss. Sometimes a great story falls in your lap.

The Girl Guides (known as Girl Scouts in the US and some other countries) and the Boy Scouts have the slogan: Be Prepared.

That should be the slogan of every writer. Be prepared with the essential tools of your profession as a writer. Always be able to write things down. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

We would like to think we will always have the laptop with us. Stuff happens. Why not have a notepad in your pocket so you can quickly jot down the event, the scene, and great dialogue.

The cell phone has become the witness of events in the world. Writers can use it too. I did when I was up at the lake and the mirror event happened. I was there to capture it. It may still show up in a book of mine. I recently talked about atmosphere. This is an example!

I always have a pen in my purse. Always. I know that inspiration hits suddenly and you need to get it down. Actually, I usually have two pens.

You are now all set to write in a non-tech environment.

  • 2 small books, one to write in.
  • 2 pens
  • Cell phone for photo taking, since photos are still worth a thousand words.

You might be writing by the sea or a lake or in a park. Enjoy!

I know some of you will be writing in a coffee shop with great Wifi. First off, you don’t need that Wifi if you have a writing program resident on your laptop. Plus, always back up that laptop before you walk out the door.

What is my 2nd book? The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.

Go and enjoy writing!


Susan Hanniford Crowley

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About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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