I’ll cut to the chase. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get too caught up in what tools I need to write, instead of focusing on the writing itself. Judging from various writing forums, I’m not the only one who stresses over the issue. Different writing methods have their supporters and opponents. I’ve heard passionate arguments on all sides of the writing-tool spectrum. In the end, I learned that the best tool for writing is the one that sits between your ears.
Writers can use anything at their disposal to write. Personally, I’ve written notes for a short story on a napkin, using a marker from my daughter’s book bag. I’ve typed scenes on my tablet and phone, while riding home on the subway. I’ve used computers, pens and papers and even (gasp) the tape record function on radios to take notes. The tools didn’t matter. What mattered was that I had ideas. It’s the ideas that are important; not what you use to capture them.
Don’t get me wrong, I have my favorite programs and writing methods — you’ll learn about them in another post — but they are nothing without ideas. And like the air we breathe, our projects need our ideas to live.
- Oh, The Tools We Will Use. (anikocarmean.wordpress.com)
- Writing tools to keep you productive (kristinastanley.net)