Do you have a favourite pen? What about a notebook that you love to write in? The tools we use are important to our writing process, and not just because of superstition.
Sure, it is tempting to think that because you actually finished the story you were writing in a spiral bound black notebook while sitting in a Starbucks facing south-east that you ALWAYS have to use the same tools and sit in the same Starbucks in the same seat. But, superstition aside, the tools we use to write are actually important! In Natalie Goldberg’s iconic book on writing, Writing Down the Bones, she talks about paying attention to the tools we choose for our writing.
“First, consider the pen you write with. It should be a fast-writing pen because your thoughts are always much faster than your hand. You don’t want to slow up your hand even more with a slow pen.” - Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Space is important. It might seem like it shouldn’t be, but let’s be honest, when your space is uninspiring or worse, distracting, how much writing do you actually get done?
I know some writers will say that the goal is to be able to write in any condition, that a writer should just be able to pick up a pen wherever they are and spew out eloquent prose. Although I admire that sentiment, I personally feel that is an unrealistic attitude for many writers. How many other artistic disciplines do you know that would function this same way? Do choreographers just get up in the middle of a cafe and start creating? Do painters carry around an easel and their complete set of paints wherever they go just in case inspiration hits? No. However, that’s not to say that these creators aren’t planning, taking notes, sketching ideas on the go. I believe the challenge with creating a perfect writing space is articulating the things that you need to inspire your creativity while also knowing what things distract you from it. Once you know those two things, the question becomes, how can that writing space move with you? Does it have a permanent home in the form of an office? Or does it have a more mobile quality to it? Maybe you know you need a specific journal to inspire your writing, and you need to tune out background noise. So your journal and good headphones are all you really need.
Hi, I'm Lia! I'm an author and the creator of Cozy Writer's Room. I believe in the power of storytelling and love helping others tell their stories using simple productivity tools like printables!