Monday, January 30, 2012
A Writer's Checklist
Every writer has a checklist. A list of things they need in order to sit down and get the words from their brain on to their computer screen or paper. Some are short just needing the basics- pen/paper, computer. Others are much longer.
When I sit down to have a serious writing session my checklist consists of:
Something to drink (Coffee in the morning Tea in the afternoon Wine in the evening)
Post Its (for plotting and note taking)
Index Cards (to keep track of character traits)
A blanket (I'm always cold)
A snack (usually Cheez its or Pringles- healthy I know)
Background noise (this could be music or even the television. My last WIP took place in the 1920's so I listened to the 1920's station on Pandora. If I'm not listening to music I tend to put a movie on I've seen a million times just so I know I won't get distracted)
Pictures (Sometimes I need visuals. For my last WIP I printed out all the visuals I referenced and tacked them to a cork board. Made life easy.)
Now it's your turn. What is on your writer's checklist?