Above are the main tools I use to write with. This last week has been as far away from procrastination as I think it’s possible to get (my one day a month of non-procrastination has definitely been achieved in just one night already!). Each and every minute has been used productively. Whether that be for mentally brainstorming ideas, jotting down notes and rhymes by hand or on my good old smartphone, or actually doing good, hard writing in good sized sessions. That was last week and looks set to be this week too. In fact, it will be this week. I’ve been writing tonight, for a good hour. Intense, focussed writing. I’ve produced work that I’m very happy with. In a couple of days I will go back and tweak but I haven’t got time to tweak too much, for which I’m thankful. I’m in danger of overdoing it if I edit too much.
The photo above shows my trusty bite-sized post-its that I use to highlight sections of works in progress. I find that using these is better then scribbling all over my work as they can be easily pulled off and even put elsewhere, thereby leaving a reasonably neat page to read. And then there’s my equally trusty highlighter. When I write I have arrows all over the place, boxed off sections of paragraphs with numbers, letters and symbols next to them telling me where that particular section belongs. The final part of my process is to number each section in a neat circle and highlight that circle. Then, before it’s typed up proper, it’s easy to see my work without stumbling and losing my flow. Soon I will share a picture of my some of crazy writing notes!
What are your writing tools and how do you use yours?
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