Blogger: Michelle Ule
Sitting in for Wendy who is traveling.
Every trade has its tools.
The writing world is no different.
Here are the tools I use to craft my writing.
Computer of my own
For many years, I shared the family computer.
We only had one, they were expensive and the children are all math-science oriented.
I don’t know how many times those clever children tried to load a new game only to discover memory problems.
They would delete what they figured superfluous.
Do you know how many times they deleted my writing?
I still love them.
But everyone was happy when we bought a second computer–and all the memory possible.
I would not have listed a phone ten years ago, but I use mine now to take photos.
Sometimes I make videos and occasionally record people’s voices.
Recording has been helpful when I conduct lengthy interviews–even if I’m typing the answers at the same time on my nearby computer.
I listen to podcasts (see below) and send myself emails while out on a walk and a brilliant idea strikes.
Every professional writer needs a place on the Internet they call home.
My blog appears on my website twice a week and readers can learn other information about me.
It serves as a “business card” on-line and provides media information, photos, examples of my writing and a calendar of coming events.
If you’re serious about being a writer, you need a website.
Given that I’m not a math-science person (I was merely an incubator for those aforementioned children) and the back end functions of my website often confound me, I have a webmistress.
Fortunately for me, she’s an electrical engineer with a flare for design.
She fixes everything, advises me and creates Pinterest pins for my personal blog posts.
I get many referrals to my blog posts from Facebook.
Occasionally information I can use (particularly historical with photos) appears on my Facebook Feed.
My Facebook author page acts as another place where people can find me on the Internet.
I think and write better now that the [traitor] children have grown up and left home. My house is quiet.
I use to write to classical music, but now, it’s quiet.
I’ve used my Ipad for research ever since I bought my first one in 2012.
I take photos with it, carry photos of things I’m examining, read Google docs and books on it from the comfort of a real chair and of course access the Internet.
The IBook or Kindle apps are perfect for reading my own manuscripts in book format–which helps me in the editing process.
It enables me to tweet even when I’m not home, and to publicize my blog posts.
I love my local library, an easy 20 minute walk from home. I’m there at least once a week and have checked out innumerable books for research.
I use The Flip Dictionary more than any other.
To make sure I don’t waste time, I listen to podcasts on the way to the gym.
My current favorite is Kathi Lipp’s Communicator Academy.
There’s no point in having these tools, a writing career, or even a life if I don’t have all my family members to share it.
Besides, my husband and sons fix the computer, my daughter travels with me, and they’re all happy to suggest going out to dinner!
What tool do you use or appreciate the most in your writer tool chest?
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