The Writing Tool Kit

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It’s funny to think how habitual humans are—whether that’s needing coffee to function in the morning, always listening to music when running on the treadmill (but not when outside), or always reading for 20 minutes before bed. When something changes, the groove is just thrown off.

Turns out the same goes for my writing. Although I can more or less write under any condition, for Tina to perform at maximum word-spitting efficiency, she must operate under a very specific set of condition, also known as TINA’S WRITING TOOL BOX which consists of the following:

Laptop

Also known as the magic piece of metal that creates pixelated words on a screen and stores all the invisi-paper on something called a Cloud Drive.

 Notebook

Many sheets of treated dead trees bound together by metal/glue/fabric/any combination thereof. Comes in many sizes and shapes. I personally prefer the unlined species, traditionally purposed for sketching.

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 Pen

The must-have ink-letting companion to The Notebook. It’s like peanut butter and Nutella, fries and milkshakes, or avo and cado. Comes in a variety of colors. My current obsession is purple pens.

 Pencil

Related to the pen, but tends to be flightier and may flee when met by its predator, the Eraser. Sometimes I’ll use the Pencil if no pens are available.*

 Tea

Magical drink made from plants. No sugar please.

 Coffee

Sometimes tea simply doesn’t cut it, and a caffeine kick is needed to get the words flowing. Hot cocoa powder may be added to the Coffee in order to create a Mocha.

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 Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones are a life saver. People talking too loudly nearby? Baby crying a couple booths over? Simply don’t want to interact with humans? Simply pop these bad boys on and boom problem solved.

 Music

If I’m going to invest in some nice noise cancelling headphones, some mood-setting music is a must as well! Movie and TV show soundtracks are my go-to writing songs. Currently listening Season Four’s Game of Thrones soundtrack while editing Of Silver and Stars.

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Bonus: For a 10% increase in productivity, something called the Candle may be used. Lighting multiple candles will cumulate its bonus effect. Just be careful not to set off any fire alarms.

*And if neither pens nor pencils are available, one may resort to: highlighters, crayons, watercolors, lipstick, or a chisel and stone tablet

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