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
Attention to tools is a sentiment I have heard from other writers as well. The tools you use do matter. If you are using a pen that feels clunky, or slow, as Goldberg discusses, or is too light on the page, you might be through off and not enjoy the process. If you have a pen that seems to glide effortless with the rhythm of your hand, you will have a very different connection to your writing.
But, tools do go beyond just pen and paper. The electronic world opens up a plethora of platforms and technology for writers. It can be daunting. So, below I’ve laid out my top through writing tools that I can’t write without from analogue to digital.
Yup, I’m a Scrivener writer! This software is the secret ingredient for me in writing longer pieces. I cannot imagine writing a novel without Scrivener. The organization is 100% needed for my process. With Scrivener, I can easily jump to chapter 17 to work on that section of my novel, then jump back to chapter 3 to reference something so that I remain consistent. I can quickly compile everything together and export it to a epub document when I’m ready to share or do a read through of the entire piece, or I can print off just one section or one chapter when I want to edit on paper. Before Scrivener, I would have to open my Word document and scroll for 200 pages to get to the last place I was working. Now, I can jump around, I can create an outline of my whole novel and see it in one place together, I can share, export, and save resources and research all within one tool.
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!