Even writers need the right tools for the work they do. I thought I'd show you the tools that I find to be important for my work.
The most obvious tool for a writer in this day and age is a decent computer. The PC in my office is an old eMachine a friend gave me. It's a little slow to boot up, but it does the job.
The computer is only as good as the software, and I use a program call Scrivener. (http://www.literatureandlatte.com
) I think it's the most incredible writing software available. It's available for a free trial, and to purchase, it's only $40 for windows, or $45 for Mac.
I can't stress enough the importance of a comfortable chair. I can't speak for anyone else, but after a few hours sitting on a hard wood chair, my backside won't let me concentrate on my work.
I don't always do my writing in my office. In fact, lately most of my work has been done on the porch or even in bed. So portability enters the picture. While I do have a nice 17" laptop, I find this little netbook to be much easier to carry along wherever I go. Sure, the small keyboard takes some getting used to, but I manage just fine.
Being a past victim of massive hard drive failures, I can't recommend external storage enough. A simple USB flash drive not only allows me to keep my work safe, it also lets me work on any of my computers. This one is the one I work from, plus I have another that I back up my files on regularly. ALWAYS back up your data!
Many times, my day job might have me driving a delivery route. That means hours of driving. Those hours of driving equate to hours of thinking and brainstorming for me. This little digital voice recorder is just the tool for those days. Now if I only had the software to transcribe my voice notes to text, I wouldn't have to listen to my own voice...
A good writer should always have a good pen. I favor Pilot brand pens (http://www.pilotpen.com/
), especially the Precise V5's. The G2's are great for a bolder line.
So, those are the primary tools in this writer's toolbox.
Now it's time to get back to work...