A note on the perfect writing tools
People spend years and hundreds – if not thousands! – of dollars trying get the perfect writing setup. The perfect pen, with just the right shade of dark blue ink to go with the 100gsm Rhodia writing paper, or the mechanical switch keyboard and the perfect piece of software.
And hey, I love doing that too! I love fancy-yet-wildly-impractical fountain pens with converters, and playing with the latest software that promises to MAKE YOU THE GREATEST WRITER OF ALL TIME™…
…but none of that is writing. None of that gets you anywhere if you don’t just write a bunch. And none of it should stop you from writing for even a second.
You should never wait find ‘the perfect writing tools’ before you start writing.
Take whatever you have handy and use it! I wrote the first draft of this on an A4 writing pad a bought for 89 cents, using a pen I got for free at a coin convention, all while in bed being prodded in the ribs by my now-ex-but-not-because-of-the-rib-prodding girlfriend.
Normally I write using Scrivener, yWriter, Notepad, TextEdit, on cheap legal pads, in expensive leather-bound notebooks… okay, so there’s not really a ‘normal’ there – and that’s my point.
Now, don’t get me wrong – if you have a setup that works for you, then great! Scrivener on a MacBook Air is my preferred workhorse combination, but if I don’t have them handy I don’t let that stop me!
It’s worth getting your regular work setup just right and spending some time to do so – just not writing time!
Writing isn’t about the tools you use; it’s about the words you use to bring your reader and your story together.
The perfect writing tool is the one you have to hand, so pick up a pen, quill, crayon, laptop or find some wet clay and write, damn you!
Why not start with the handy-dandy comment box down below? Write something, hit send and reward yourself with a good cup of coffee.