Ah, writing. Such fun to do, so hard to get down to. After I’ve danced the procrastination dance several times – this involves checking Twitter, emails and Facebook in ever-decreasing circles – I then begin to gather my props. I need to make sure I’m surrounded by these things as it’s
a total waste of time/completely essential.
Five truly essential things for me are as follows:
- Tea. And plenty of it. I have a really big mug. I also have quite a large tea-bearing receptacle that matches my really big face, ho ho ho. Ahem. Moving swiftly on…
- Notebook. Any old notebook will do. I currently have a scruffy recycled paper one that cost 14p and feels pleasantly rough. It needs to be there for the scribbles I make while writing, which include helpful comments such as “WHERE IS THIS GOING?!”, “HANG ON – WHAT IS THIS ACTUALLY ABOUT? Work it out!!!!!!” and “Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
- Pen. This is surprisingly difficult to achieve, as pens do not last long in my presence. They get carried away by mysterious invisible breezes and whisked into faraway lands where they roam free, occasionally resurfacing miraculously in captivity in the unlikeliest of places. Has your imagination come up with a really unlikely place? Double it. That’s where I last found my favourite pen. True fact. (Maybe.)
- Phone. This is an odd one if you bear in mind that I’m not a phone person. In fact, I’m bordering on phone-phobic. But the phone has to be there, next to me, as there might be an emergency. Or an (unwelcome, of course, tsk) interruption.
- Tea. Did I already mention tea? Well, this is a deliberate repetition. There can never be enough tea.
I recently read a post that told me I should lose all these props, though, and I think it might have had a point. Read the full article about things that writers should do here.
Do you have any essential writing props? Maybe I’ll get rid of the props above and adopt your suggestions instead…
Luisa Plaja is the author of several triumphs over procrastination, aka books. Her latest is a teen novel called Kiss Date Love Hate, and it’s published by Random House on 2 February 2012. Find out more at her website