I’m on a short break from writing since I completed the first draft of Lucas’s Story and the second set of edits of Callie’s Story. So I thought I’d take the time to give thanks for what helped me reach this moment in my life.
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I used to think all I needed to write was paper and an always-sharpened pencil.
I was a complete idiot.
Sure, I could finish a novel from start to finish with a notebook and my favorite pencil. If I wanted to take twenty years. These days, I like to move a bit faster.
Dropbox: For me, this cloud application is a must. I can easily toggle in between computers during the writing and editing phase without worrying about reading the wrong edition or dealing with flash drives.
Kindle: In between the first draft and the first round of edits, I like to read my novel from start to finish. In the Before-Kindle days, I had to constantly stop myself from editing while I read in Word. Now when I use my Paperwhite, I don’t have to worry about it.
iPod: This one came as a shock to me. I’m the one in the house who’s always lowering the volume level of the television or pounding on Bubble’s door screaming the parental cliché, “Turn down that music!” For me silence is absolutely wonderful, except when I’m writing. With my book’s soundtrack pouring through the earbuds, words just flow from my fingertips.
In looking at the above list, I see my dream to escape to a deserted island and write with abandon is completely unfeasible.
…unless I change that dream to include electrical outlets.
What about you? What do you need to breathe life into your writing?