What Is Your Favorite Writing Tool?

I am the king of Post-it notes. They are on my wallet, my cell phone, and there is one on my computer now. Somehow, I always find myself with a billion ideas and no way to collect them all.

Sure, I could put them in a note book and squint at them later or store them in a word file or Google document that I’ll never open, but I wanted to SEE them. I wanted to be able to lay them down side by side and also track my writing progress.

Thus enter my favorite writing tool – my white board.white-board-1206708-m

My wife was at the office supply store and discovered they were wicked cheap and on sale. I’d love a nice frosted glass, trendy one, but I’d also like to not change my one year olds’ diapers. I have to understand what is necessary and what is me just wanting a cool new toy.

The reality is that having that writing software/tool is not going to make me better. Working hard consistently is. And now I have a place to keep track of my progress and flesh out ideas thanks to my wonderful bride.

I’ve hung the white board next to my bed so I can review tasks every day before I go to sleep and remind myself of upcoming goals and deadlines. I can also gaze at it as I doze off and make a mental note to get up early and get to work.

What is your favorite writing tool? How do you stay organized and on top of your tasks?


The One Thing Every Writer Needs To Be A Success

Over the last decade or so, I’ve written tens of thousands of words. Every once in a while I think how Charles Dickens or Ernest Hemingway might have felt about the tools the writer has today. Were they alive my excuses for not finishing a project on time would fall flat and, in regards to Mr. Hemingway for sure, they might even punch me in the face.

Today, the writer has thousands of tools. Occasionally, I get distracted by the sheer volume. I think, maybe if I have XYZ tool then, for sure, I’ll become a much better writer! This, as you know, is foolishness.

The one resource that has never failed to get me going or keep me focused is my writers group, the Weaklings. They are my comrades in arms pushing me forward when I need to press onward. They are my refuge and friend in the foxhole, when the charge ahead is becoming too much. They never cease to be present and check in.

DSCN1688Sure, that program can instantly create an amazing outline. But can it read the manuscript for plot holes? Paying for that writer’s magazine can help find a list of agents, but can it connect you with one? Also, what software out there will tell you gently, with a firm voice and warmth in their eyes that what you are writing is not up to snuff and you’ll have to give the draft another go?

People are essential. It’s one of the reasons we created Jot. No, it might be the reason. We realized that we have a connected group helping each other through writing quagmires. But other’s do not. We wanted to create a space where that is possible.

To those who consistently attend Jot, thank you. But I ask something of you. How about step out and be bold. If you don’t have a writer’s group, why not try to create one there, on the spot?

Sharing your work is not a sure way to become a New York Times Bestseller. But, it is a sure way to grow as a writer and lighten the load. They may even buy one of your books if you work hard enough to finish one.

How has a writing confidant helped you grow?

Check in later in June for details about the next Jot Coming in September!