Friday, 15 June 2012

5 Things This Writer Loves

1. Notebooks - Lots of lovely designs, brightly coloured, or plain black moleskines, lined or plain paper. Don't you just adore them too? All the different prints, the thickness and texture of paper? I do. I use my notebook as a place to keep my inspirations organised. Somewhere to jot down ideas. Over heard conversation, or perhaps I'll draw a mind map, or a list! I love it when I go into a stationary store, and they have a new range.

2. The feeling I get when I complete a story - When the plan finally comes together, and its there on the page. All the hard work associated with getting there finally seems worthwhile. Definitely time to relax a little.

3. Chocolate, tea and cake - Not necessarily in that order, but all essential to get this writer through those long hours spent tapping the keys.

4. Long dark winter evenings - Yep! For me they are my most productive months. I didn't know it until I checked back through my diary. I get distracted once we're into lighter evenings. Its much easier to settle down to write with good music playing softly in the background, and a fire crackling away in the wood burner.

5. Other writers - There is nothing quite like interacting with someone who understands the craft. Sharing the same problems, and the same long term goals. Its not only useful, to chit chat about what's happening in the industry, its great just to catch up with news, and generally socialise. I particularly enjoy visiting OTHER writers blog's as often as I can, I try to leave a comment whenever I can too.

What 5 things do you love as a writer?


  1. I love mechanical pencils (the good kind), bright notebooks (like you), my wonderful writing community, the annoying kettle whistling before I prepare my coffee, and just my thoughts. I loved your 5!

    1. Hi Amberr,
      Never tried mechanical pencils, will look out for them at the shop, however I am really fussy about what pen I has to be a certain brand. Aren't we all a little odd though? We are after all writers. ;-)

  2. I agree with you on the first three - particularly with regard to notebooks :-)
    Long winter evenings - not me. As soon as the nights start to pull in, I struggle for inspiration. Bright, birdsong filled mornings and long light evenings for me :-)
    Other writers - definitely - I would be lost without my writer friends :-)

    1. I agree writing buddies are very important. Sometimes writing can be a lonely business. I enjoy helping others, and I've had a lot of support from people over the years.

      The good folk around the blogasphere, and twitter are wonderfully helpful.

  3. I looooove notebooks. And pens! I'm with you on the long winter evenings. Seeing as it's mostly always raining and miserable in Glasgow, I get to spend lots of time indoors without feeling too bad about it! :)

    1. Never been to Glasgow, I'd like to visit someday though as I have heard its well worth a visit. One day I'll do it!

      You don't have a monopoly on the rain though - we have it by the bucket load here too...I'm getting a little fed up now as it does interfere with my walking plans.

      It means I get more time to hang around in shops looking at shiny notebooks though...

    2. Well, if you ever visit, be sure to give me a shout! :) I hope the rain stops for you soon and you can get out walking again. That's something I've always wanted to do, as there's so much beautiful scenery nearby, but I've been too lazy!

      Have a lovely day, Maria :)

    3. You should go for it, I'm not getting out nearly enough...walking frees the mind.

      I will be sure to look you up if I ever visit your part of the world, likewise, if you come to Leicestershire let me know.

  4. Long dark winter evenings - that is probably why NaNoWriMo is in November.

    And why I finished NaNo 2010 and 2011 but failed at Camp NaNoWriMo last year.

    Am also with you on the tea... the chocolate... the cake... the notebooks...

    Unfortunately I'm a very shy person by nature so interaction with humans (not necessarily just writers) can sometimes be hard for me.

    Stopping by on the Post A To Z Road Trip :)


    1. Hi Chippy, Great to see you here. I am too exhausted after A to Z to do the Road Trip. Fair play to you for taking it on. Have fun.

  5. Good A4 notebook with a fountain pen and blue ink. Not quite Bob Cratchett but gives you a real kickstart. Don't forget the writers pocket size book for scribblings as the day happens. Cakes and Ale keeps the pen flowing, especially the ones in your pic.

  6. 1. Waking up with a new idea which takes my hand and insists that I work on it.
    2. Discovering a new character who insists that he or she be included in my work.
    3. Writing early in the morning when the sun has just risen and the day is fresh.
    4. Achieving my word target and bypassing it without realising.
    5. Writing a good sentence or two.


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