Writers should never be allowed to run unsupervised through an office supply store.
Um, well, this writer should never be allowed to run unsupervised through an office supply store. (Or a home improvement store, but that’s another blog post.)
Hubby and I went out to brunch this morning before going on some errands. Had to hit Lowe’s, Bed, Bath, & Beyond (Our Budget, as we call it), Petsmart, Best Buy…and Staples.
Now, many of you are already nodding your heads, eyes glazed over in ecstasy, I’m sure. Office supply stores are like honey to bears, for some writers. And I really did have a valid reason to go to Staples. I was in search of spiral notebooks and a new stylus for my iPad, because with the screen protector I’m using, my current cheapie stylus felt like nails on a chalkboard to me. (Again, yet another blog post.)
See, I don’t write my stories longhand. For starters, my arthritis won’t allow it, and I’m a speed typist, so it frustrates me to try to write as fast as I think when I can type far faster to keep up. I compose almost exclusively on my laptop. But part of my process is keeping a spiral notebook handy for each series I’m currently writing, as well as a “miscellaneous” notebook, so I can jot stuff down, make mind maps, timelines, etc. Sometimes if I’m stuck, doing a little freehand writing helps loosen stuff up. I might not even use the ideas or things I write down, but it just helps me switch gears.
I like college ruled, and the one-subject size. Add to this the problem I discovered that some kinds of paper are a biatch to write on, they have a different texture and don’t “feel” right to me.
*glaring* Shut. Up.
Apparently, however, unless you’re prepared to take out a mortgage on your home, you can only buy them inexpensively in multi-packs during the back-to-school period in late summer. Then the little fuckers are like 25 for $1.
But no, not now. The decent ones are around $5 each.
Yes, I realize I could have gone to Walmart.
No, I did NOT want to go to Walmart.
Yes, that is ANOTHER blog post.
So, I decided to get creative. I opted to buy a few binders, some college-ruled paper (including some colored paper which was wide ruled but oh well) and some dividers. I’m going to switch to that format. I can fit the existing notebooks (most of them) in the biggest binder, and then use the smaller ones for series work, split up by dividers. In the long run, this might work out better in some ways. I’m on my second “miscellaneous” notebook in a couple of years, and I’ve had to rip pages out and staple them into series notebooks once they got to that point. No more ripping/stapling.
We’ll see how that goes.
At least I have my favorite Dr. Grip pen, as well as several backups (and refills). You have NO idea how long it took me to find a pen that really felt good to me, both in my hand as well as while writing.
I mean, yes, I have my iPad and a decent Logitech keyboard case for it. But sometimes, I need the ability to write longhand. It’s especially handy if we go to a restaurant and I have a few minutes to jot stuff down, or in the car, or in bed.
But, believe me, I will be stocking up on CASES of spiral notebooks come next back-to-school time.
So, my fellow writers. Do you have any specific things you like/need/have to have so your brain doesn’t explode in your writing armory? Give me a shout out in the comments and let me know I’m not
the only crazy one alone.