"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Guest Post: MARCIE HILL**6 Essential Tools For Writers

Six Essential Tools for a Writer’s Toolbox
Writers are peculiar creatures. We know not from where our inspiration will come. Conversations, observations, and contemplations can spark ideas at any time, and we have to be prepared. To reap the maximum benefits of documenting our thoughts, the following six tools should be in the possession of writers at all times.
1. Writing Instrument
2. Paper
3. Voice Recorder
4. Camera
5. Biz Cards
6. Bag or case

Writing Instrument
Writers should always have instruments to jot down their ideas. These tools could be pens, pencils, markers, chalk, highlighters, or crayons. It doesn’t matter which device is used as long as it can be seen and read on paper. It is advisable to NEVER leave home without at least one writing instrument.

When new ideas come to mind, writers tend to reach for objects to write on. Unfortunately, many
writers do not have paper in times of need. However, scratch paper, sticky notes, napkins, and toilet paper are practical as long as a few keywords to express thoughts can be recorded.

Voice Recorder
Voice recorders allow writers to record, erase, and playback thoughts with the push of one button. These handy little devices allow writers to be productive even when on the move. Most recorders are small enough to fit in pockets and pocketbooks without taking up much space. Some are equipped with mp3 players, so music can play while writing to keep inspiration flowing.

Cameras allow creators to take photos of objects that will enhance their story ideas. Writers may also
gain inspiration for a story by shots taken. Either way, a camera is a good tool to have because you just never know when you’ll need it. Photos included with articles will not only enhance your story, it will also increase your pay because publications pay extra for photos. If a camera is not your thing, use your camera phone. Just make sure to have it with you at all times.

Business Cards
Always have business cards with you even if you don’t think you need them. You just never know if the next person you meet will have writing needs. If they do not have needs, they may know someone who does. Just give them to everyone you encounter.

Bag or Case
A bag or case is needed to carry your writing instruments, paper, voice recorder, camera, and business cards. It allows you to organize and easily transport your tools. Just pick one that fits your needs and personal style.

The above six items should be in every writer’s toolbox. Having these tools will ensure that you are prepared for the job whenever inspiration hits.

Marcie Hill, MS, is a journalist, blogger and entrepreneur. She loves writing profile pieces, and had a huge interest in Chicago South Side and mainstream media practices. To read more of Marcie's creative works or to contact her directly visit: http://marciewrites.wordpress.com/


  1. Jennifer, thank you for sharing my story with your readers. I hope they walk away with valuable tips and a new way of looking at their writing experience.

  2. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    It was a pleasure. That's what this Blog is all about.:-)

  3. Thanks for the instructive post! I had an idea for a blog (or title, or something) last night when I went to bed. Didn't write it down, so now it's gone. . . Maybe we should add a Book Light to the list of supplies!

  4. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    How true.:-) Sometimes it's hard to recapture those "Kodak moments" once lost. But, I'm sure you'll come up with something equally as clever in the future.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  5. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    little bird,

    Thanks for writing and for "following".
    I really appreciate your support!