What are five things you can't live without when you are writing or revising?
- Music. Usually lyric-less, like classical or movie scores. But right now I'm using songs with lyric because the lyrics apply to the book.
- Silence. Not, like, complete and utter silence. Just no people talking. I can do fans, birds, wind, cars, dogs, cats, and definitely music...but if people are talking, I can't concentrate.
- A time-keeping device, preferably my stopwatch. I chart my writing progress time-wise, and it would devastate me not to know how long I've written in a day.
- Paper and pen. Because no matter how many .docs I have open, I always need to scribble something down in line-less form.
- This list (released in this post) Seven writing do's and don't's from Kurt Vonnegut, printed and posted beside my desk. I've since written in an eight rule: Never give the reader an excuse to put down the book, inspired by this post on pacing from Paranormalcy author Kiersten White.
And yes, I know it's Tuesday. But I'm enjoying 'Share the Love' on Friday, and Lydia was so kind as to answer my head-banging question yesterday, so it's Tuesday. :)