Even the best detectives need their sleuthing tools.
Of course, the few items I’ll be mentioning here may not be extremely necessary to your writing, but there is a high chance that using them will actually make your writing process easier and smoother.
Now, if this is not important to your writing process, then I don’t know what is. I can think of a thousand reasons why a writer would need a notebook (okay, maybe not a thousand, but you get my point). Having a notebook, even a pocket-sized one will help you out a lot. Imagine coming across an interesting fact when you are on your way to catch a train. You’ll have to write that down in order to use later. It maybe an idea you haven’t developed yet and you come up with details to build up on it over a period of time. That little notebook will probably contain some of the most valuable information for your book. Remember, how the last article mentioned that some writers wait for inspiration to strike? What if it strikes in the middle of a lecture? And you’re the one taking the lecture? Or when you are standing at the queue for your favourite band’s ticket sale? Basically, a situation you can’t leave very easily. I’ve always found myself regretting the moments I did not write down an idea that popped into my head suddenly. I believed I would remember it later, but all I remembered was how good an idea I had and how I would never be able to use it now. Despite all this, if you are able to remember everything without being able to write it down, I envy you.
Now, this is one of those things that not every writer finds useful. But if you are like me, you will find that sometimes a scene forms so quickly in your head that you have a hard time trying to write it down. There are times when a scene, complete with dialogues, plays in my head so clearly that I want to record it. It happens so fast in my head that writing it down confuses me at times. So I open my voice recording app and narrate out the scene and dialogues. This way, when I’m actually writing the draft, I can just replay it.
Again, one of those things that are not absolutely necessary, but I’ve found it to help in my case. There are times when certain places, plants, figures, or random items interest me. In that particular moment I can’t tell why an item stands out, but a while later I find stories forming around it. Usually, I try to go back to that place and have another look at the item. However, most times, it disappears, or the feeling around it does with the passage of time. Once I took a picture and kept looking at it from time to time. The picture seemed to help me capture the mood of that item better than when it was just in my memory. You don’t need a professional camera for this. Your phone will be more than enough. These pictures may be able to inspire a lot of different ideas when you start writing.
Writing is usually messy. Your story doesn’t normally align itself perfectly in your head. It is probably scattered in little pieces all over your brain. One of the simplest ways to organise these pieces is to use charts. Try sticking charts to the walls of your working space and it’ll become your canvas. Now vomit out all those ideas of yours on to the charts. It’ll be wide enough to fit it all in and on this canvas, you can paint a whole picture. You can use post-it notes if you’d like to be a little neater. You could use the notes as puzzle pieces and create a jigsaw puzzle on your chart wall and when you start writing, you’ll be able to refer to this wall. It’ll help you every time you’re stuck or even when you want to make changes to your narrative. As a result, everything will be just less messy.
So these are the random tools I think would make your writing easier. What do you think? Are there more we should add to the list?
About the Author
Christy is a student, part-time writer, and a full-time Wannabe. She devours books and binges shows.