By Terreece M. Clarke
Writers tend to be creatures of habit and comfort. In order to do what we do on a regular basis we usually have a writing routine and our favorite writer comforts – a cherished pen, a specific beverage, a cozy spot in a coffee shop, etc. When you have all the things you are accustomed to you rock out the work in a rhythm that would rival any band’s jam session, but when you are missing something things are still great, but not as magical.
Keep your writing tools ready.
It’s a simple premise, but it is an area writers may not give much attention. Writers often declare, “As long as I have the Internet and a printer full of ink I’m great.” Sounds nice, but it’s not exactly the truth. Granted, in bare bones, stripped down from all the trappings of the writer life, work will always get done, but what about your stress level?
I have a group of pens that are A+ in my book. The group is really a bunch of random pens I’ve picked up along the way and find they have a nice weight, comfortable feel and smooth movement. Then there are the pens I always seem to find because my favorite ones have made their way to the car, purses, etc. These stupid pens are part of two boxes my husband brought home and they don’t write. At least not for me. Hubby insists there is nothing wrong with them when he uses them, but I spend far too much time scribbling on the side of the page to get them to work. Oh and did I mention they are like Gremlins? You can’t get rid of the buggers. I decided to pitch any pen who didn’t work yet somehow there are still dozens of them floating around my office like they have found a way to reproduce.
Keeping your writing tools ready goes beyond having ink in your printer and a working pen. Keep your “other” tools ready as well. What makes your workday tick? Take a moment and think about it. All those little things that make you happy and productive are worth stocking up. Make sure you have enough coffee to make it through the month, not just the week. Get to the coffee shop early to claim “your spot,” maybe you should look into getting a mini-fridge to keep your beverages cold and you in your office instead of roaming the house.
Right now I’m off to hunt down those random favorite pens and make sure they stay at my desk while simultaneously putting a hit out on those useless, write nothing, sticks of ink my husband bought.
Do you have an usual writing tool? What do you need to keep the day rocking along in harmony?