Like most authors, I write on a computer, but my laptop isn’t my only writing tool. I thought I’d share some other necessities.
- My desk. I have a big L-shaped mission style desk that gives me room to spread out. This was my first big purchase from book royalties.
- A computer stand. Since I write at my desk, I use my laptop like a desktop computer, so I place it on a stand to raise the screen to eye level. The stand has interlocking block feet so I can adjust the height.
- A remote mouse and keyboard. I prefer the feel of full-sized keyboard, and I want a mouse rather than a touchpad.
- An adjustable footstool.
- A whiteboard for leaving myself notes about things that are really important.
- Spiral college-ruled notebooks. This is where I write my to-do list and jot down notes. I go through notebooks pretty fast. I stock up during the back-to-school sales when I can get them for 17 cents each at Walmart.
- Sticky (Post-it) flags. I tag the important things in my notebooks. I learned to do this the hard way after searching through pages and pages for stuff I needed.
- My essential reference books, which I keep in a sliding book stand: The Synonym Finder, Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, The Chicago Manual of Style, The Emotion Thesaurus, The Writer’s A-Z of Body Language, and Naughty Words for Nice Writers by Cara Bristol. Yes, I use the book that I wrote. All the time, in fact.
- A monthly calendar to keep track of my blogging schedules and release dates.
- Fingerless writing gloves to keep my hands toasty while I write.
What’s in your writing tool kit? What makes your writing job easier?
March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.
The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.
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