By special request from one of my dear readers, here are the top five things I need in order to write, in no particular order:
1.) Peace and quiet – In order for me to write I have to be in a quiet house with no interruptions. This means no TV, no Blackberry vibrating, and absolutely no one in the house who can disrupt my train of thought. Even someone in another room is a distraction for me, so I usually write when I know that I’m going to be at home alone. I’m trying to work on this, but for now, it is what it is. *shrugs*
2.) Internet – I like to do research while I’m writing and the Internet is useful in helping me research locations, restaurants my characters are dining at, or just general information I need more details on.
3.) Thesaurus/Dictionary – OMG I would not be able to write without m-w.com. I HEART this website. I sometimes need to confirm that I’m using a word correctly or if I’m overusing a word that there is a suitable word substitute.
4.) My Blackberry – While my Blackberry is OFF to calls and emails, I still use it to store plot ideas that I want to elaborate on in the future. I could use my computer, but I find my Blackberry to be useful because even if I’m out running errands and something sparks my creativity I can jot it down in my Blackberry for later.
5.) Inspiration – I know that there are some writers who write everyday just because. And I get that! But for me, the only way I’m able to write is if I have inspiration. Usually that inspiration comes in waves. I’ll write for weeks straight until every drop of inspiration has been transferred to my computer and when its gone I don’t pressure myself to write. Instead I go back and reread what I’ve written, change words that don’t work, look for gaps in the story, etc. This is it what works me and I’m sticking to it! 😉
Writers what are the top five things you need in order to write? Please share in the comment section below.