Writing Life


Like any job, being an author means having the right tools, and those tools are different for each of us. In this post, I'm going to share with you some things that are in my author toolkit, as well as some of the experiments I've had along the way.

On a side note, this post will focus on my physical toolkit. I'll share my software tools in another post!

  • Laptop: Surface Book
    • So, I tried the Mac thing. Legit. I had a Macbook Air for a year and constantly wanted to throw it out of the window. I just couldn't get used to it and had a hell of a time finding anything I needed. So, when the Surface Book came out, I got one, and it's been perfect for what I need. Plus, I can play LOTRO on it, so it's a win, win! It's lightweight for when I travel, the keys are backlit, and they feel great when I type. It's back to my familiar Microsoft, so I can find things easily, and I've been able to use it for everything I need.
  • Keyboard & Monitor: Rymek Retro Keyboard
    • My Rymek is a newer acquisition, and I'm loving it. When I'm not traveling, which is most of the time, I like to work on a bigger monitor than the one on my laptop, so I have a 27" monitor and my newly beloved Rymek hooked up to the Surface Book. I'm not as picky with the monitor as my husband is, but my keyboard has to be perfect, and I was so excited to discover the Rymek. I work best with the old feel/sound of typewriter keys, and the Rymek was a match made in heaven. It has the look, sound, and feel of a typewriter, but it's a keyboard that I can either attach to my laptop via USB or use via Bluetooth. Plus, the keys are backlit and it looks damn sexy!

  • Tablet: Surface Go
    • This is another newly acquired acquisition. Not only can I use it on my Rymek so I can easily move around the house without sacrificing the wonderful feel of my keyboard, I can also use the pen to hand edit things like I would on real paper. It's been a great addition to my writing and editing process so far, and I'm glad I splurged and picked it up. First tablet I've ever owned!
  • Printer: Canon Image Class 4880DW Laser Printer
    • I've had this for years, thanks to the wonderful input of my husband, and the key here is LASER, not inkjet. I've actually cried while trying to print out manuscripts with inkjet printers, and this beauty has been a life saver on so many levels. Aside from it needing to be restarted now and again, it prints like a beast and does the job quickly, which is important when printing out a 380 page manuscript to edit!
  • Typewrite: Smith-Corona Electric
    • Yes, I'm old school. And yes, I still use a typewriter. It matches my brain better, which is helpful when I write. Plus, I don't get distracted by the internet! I have a collection of 3 typewriters, but I usually use my electric Smith-Corona.
  • Pens: Pentel R.S.V.P. Medium Ballpoint in Black
    • I still hand write a lot of my works before typing them up, and while I'm not particular about my notebooks, I am particular about my pens. My favorite is the Pentel R.S.V.P. medium ballpoint. If I can't find one, I begrudgingly use whatever I can find and curse at it the entire time.

What's in your author toolkit? Are there certain things you can do without, or is everything a must have? Put your answer in the comments!

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