Every Writer has tools they use to make their jobs easier. Or they could be used to keep them on track. Some are pretty common to all writers. Others are specific to a particular writers personality and specific needs. I'll share a portion of my list with you. Perhaps you'll recognize a few of these items.
Earplugs I live in a noisy house. “I'm writing” doesn't always illicit the quiet I need for concentration. So I put in my earplugs. But they are no good alone, which leads to my second tool.
Simply Noise On this website (www.simplynoise.com) I can fill my ears with white, pink or brown noise. It helps to drown out the TV, stereo and video games. For the most part, it also drowns out voices too :)
Timer The timer has a two-fold purpose. Sometimes I use it to time my breaks. When it goes off then it's butt in chair time. Other times I use it for writing sprints. I set it and write until it dings. Both help me manage my limited writing time. If you don't have a good old-fashioned kitchen timer, you can always use an online one like http://www.online-stopwatch.com/.
Voice Recorder Why is it that the best ideas always come to me when I have no pen and paper handy?Does that ever happen to you? And the problem is, if I don't record it, it's lost forever. So to remedy that, mu husband bought me a hand held voice recorder a few Christmases ago. Of course now that I have an upgraded mobile phone, there is one on there as well. So now there's no way I'm letting an idea escape me.
EverNote I love this application. It allows me to access my WIP from anywhere. I have a copy of it on my phone. It's on my laptop. And if I'm anywhere with Internet access, I can get to it, pull up my WIP, edit or add to it, save it and access it from someplace completely different later. I think this is pretty cool.
So what tools do you find useful as a writer? Feel free to share.
About the Author:
Marietta "Mari" Taylor is the the author of Surviving Unemployment Devotions To Go and is monthly blogger for the GoAskMom blog at wral.com. Find out more about Mari at her blog or her website, www.mariettataylor.net.