Choosing Your Writing Instruments

One of the things I love about writing and books are all of the cool little knick-knacks created around these two things. From cute bookmarks to mini Bluetooth keyboards, the choices can be endless.

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With writing especially, I can get lost among all of the choices provided. I have way too many pretty journals that I have yet to even write in. I shouldn’t have to get pens for ages. I have a laptop, a tablet, and one day, I would like to get a desktop (and an office!).

I need variety with my writing tools. I often like to go to a library after work to write, so my tablet and mini Bluetooth are ideal to carry around. And with that is the cute laptop backpack I use instead of a purse.

When I’m home, since I only have my own room for space right now as I’m staying with family temporarily, I have a lap desk with metal stands I can set on my bed, and a larger Bluetooth keyboard, and a mouse.

And in a pinch, my phone works as well.

So with all of these writing tools, I no longer have the excuse to not having time to write. I can write on the move or at home. I like it this way, but it took me a long time to get to this point.

My view of writing as a child was very romantic. Picture Jo March in Little Women in her attic scribbling with a quill pen and that was the view of writing I thought had to be done. Very specific. Localized, constrained, and not allowing for sudden inspiration.

The modern era we live in allows for a lot more choices than Jo March had. And I choose to use them.

But that’s me.

In much the same way how you write needs to fit with how your brain works and how you understand story, your writing tools need to fit with your lifestyle and your comfort level.

Tip-tapping away on a mini keyboard sounds cool to some people, but for others it might make their hands ache just at the thought. Some can’t stand to write in public, and others can’t stand to write without strangers surrounding them. For every writer, there are different tools.

If you’re having trouble writing lately, I suggest switching up your tools. Maybe you don’t have a tablet to write on the go, but a lot of Bluetooth keyboards hook up to your phone. If you’re still leery of going to public places, a lot of times a library’s WIFI extends a little into the parking lot. It won’t be the first time something creative has been made in a car, if Tik Tok is anything to go by. A lot of cafĂ©’s have outdoor seating more than ever before.

Allow yourself to try different tools, at different times, in different ways. Even the smallest adjustments can make your writing more enjoyable for yourself.

Sure, sometimes writing is work no matter what, and maybe even painful, and sometimes it’s the tools that can make a world of difference.

2 thoughts on “Choosing Your Writing Instruments

  1. Is a particular audio ambience ever part of your writing toolkit? Varies by mood for me, but sometimes the bustle of a coffee shop (and its typical music) does it for me. Other times I need the non-lyrical sounds of a calm, classical sound to keep me from mentally wandering into the song too far.

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