5 Writing Tools I Don’t Want to Live Without
by Roni Loren
First, thanks ladies for inviting me to the blog! : ) I was going to title this post “5 Writing Tools I Can’t Live Without”, but really, nothing would stop me from writing. Even if I had nothing to write my stories on, I’d probably still be weaving them in my head. But these five things are the things I hope I never have to go without.
My Laptop - Okay, I know this one seems kind of obvious, but really it’s vital. If I had to sit at a desktop all day, I’d go nuts. My laptop lets me move my work with me when I get antsy.
The Shower - Get your mind out of the gutter. ; ) I’m a mom and a wife--quiet, alone time is hard to come by. Plus during routine tasks like a shower, my mind tends to wander and that’s usually when I get my best ideas or fix problems I’ve been having with my story. My husband has learned that when I announce randomly that I’m going take a shower at like five in the afternoon that I must be having a bad writing day.
Books - My love of reading is what led me to become a writer in the first place, but sometimes reading for pleasure can get set on the back burner because I get busy. However, I’ve found when this happens, my own words dry up. If I’m dumping words on a page every day, I feel like I need to refill the well by reading fiction or my creativity will shut down.
Music - When I’m writing, I only listen to instrumental music because music with words distracts me (mainly, because I start singing.) But during non-writing times, music really has served as great story inspiration for me. The song for CRASH INTO YOU is “Outside” by Staind. I’d already started writing the story, but that song came on one day and it gave me goosebumps because it was so perfect for my characters. And more recently, I heard an old Reba McEntire song, “Somebody Should Leave”, and got the idea for my novella STILL INTO YOU (coming out in June).
Inspiration Photos - This is more fun than necessary, but I do enjoy spending some time on my tumblr. Sometimes it’s a landscape that can inspire a setting, or a sweet photo of a couple that helps me capture the mood of the scene I’m writing, and many times it’s just yummy mancandy, lol. (You can see my tumblr here--http://roniloren.tumblr.com . But be warned, some of it can be not safe for work.)
So those are mine. What are some things you wouldn’t want to live without either for your job or your hobby?
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