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Best writing tool for authors

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.

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  1. “It’s the ideas that are important; not what you use to capture them.” –> Bravo! I agree. Although, I have become partial to my laptop, mainly because it’s portable & I can type faster on it than I can write on a napkin!

    • Angelique Michaels Angelique Michaels

      I hear you. Me and my laptop go everywhere. However, there are sometimes (like in a staff meeting) where I can’t whip out the laptop, but can jot down Ideas on handouts, notes, and anything else on which I can get my hands. I can’t tell you how many times my boss has praised me for the enthusiasm I show in taking notes.

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