A Writer’s Toolkit

By Jennifer DeCuir, author of Wynter’s JourneyFive of Hearts, and Drawn to Jonah

Five of HeartsEvery writer needs a toolkit, something to help the process go more smoothly. I have many things in my own toolkit, but for the sake of brevity, I am going to list my top five toolkit essentials.

#1: My Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepad
Have you heard of this amazing invention? It’s a notepad for the shower! Because that’s where some of my best ideas are born. No longer do I have to chant a thought over and over while I rinse, dry off and search for a pen and paper (sounding – and looking – like a maniac through the whole process). Now if only I could get the kids to stop leaving me ‘love notes’ in the shower…

#2: Edible Supplies
This would include coffee (I prefer anything dark roast, if you’re looking for gift ideas), several different flavors of gum, and chocolate. I used to keep a chocolate drawer in the kitchen, beside the fridge. I decided that was too far to journey from my laptop and have since moved it to the top left drawer of my desk. I’m a much happier writer.

#3: Staples Supplies
Can I just say how much I *love* shopping at Staples? Or Office Depot… or the office supply area of any department store. Double the excitement if it comes in PINK. Woo hoo! So I have my pink pens, my pink notepad (yes – the paper is actually pink!), my pink paper clips and pink thumb tacks. My index cards are still white – but the little plastic storage container holding them is pink. ☺ And I also have every size, shape, and color of Post-It notes known to man.

#4: Music
We aren’t an “Apple” family, so I don’t bother with iTunes. My music server of choice is Spotify. They don’t always have what I’m looking for, but 99% of the time it’s there. I even pay the monthly service fee to be able to access my playlists offline. This comes in handy when I’m writing at the library, Starbucks, the park, etc.

I have two writing playlists – an instrumental list for the actual writing (with songs from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Last of the Mohicans, etc.) and a list of purring, sexy songs sung by sexy country artists. This last list is for ideas…on sexy heroes and…stuff. ;)

#5: Artwork, Etc.
As a writer, I’m a very visual person. I like to be surrounded by reminders of the things and people I love. I have cork boards posted above my desk (remember the pink thumb tacks?) where I have postcards of Ireland (I’ve never been, but I dream about it all the time). I also have samples of my kids’ artwork – which they add to quite regularly. I’ve kept a drawing my daughter made of a fairy when she was five years old. I kept this front-and-center while I was writing Drawn to Jonah. It was my main source of inspiration. Lastly, I keep a photo of my hero close by. Currently, it is Richard Armitage. I even swiped a Valentine from my daughter because it had a picture of Thorin, from the Hobbit films, on it. Sad, but true.

That’s a peek into this writer’s (strange but true) toolkit. I’m curious to find out what other writers consider their “must-haves.” Leave a comment and let me know.

3 thoughts on “A Writer’s Toolkit

  1. lcrandall246

    Sounds like you have many of my same essentials. I love that you love office supply stores. They are intoxicating. My desk if full of inspirational bits and pieces. I just keep adding to them. A big part of my writing area are tons of inspiring thoughts and phrases I’ve printed and stuck all over the place. Nice post!

  2. Rachel Donnelly

    Love the waterproof notepad idea. And the chocolate. I can never get enough of that. Thanks for sharing all of the great ideas!

  3. Joanna Lloyd

    Love your toolkit Jennifer…what a great post! I have pages of unusual words, sentence starters and great phrases that I pick up from every book I read; I have cups of ginger tea on hand and my study has a beautiful view of the mountains so I sit and mountain gaze whenever I need to re-calibrate the brain.

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