Being a writer means you don't need much stuff, right? Just a pen, some paper and a brain. And an internet connection, a computer, a blog and a smartphone for on-the-go Tweeting and platform-building . . .
But if we discount the platform-building and networking and focus exclusively on the writing, we don't need much. Like I say, brain and bare essentials.
Or so I always thought.
Each November, one of my favourite threads on the Nanowrimo boards is the Nanowrimo Survival Kit, where participants post about the items they need to get through the month-long sprint to 50,000 words and glory. It's just a wonderful read and a lovely insight into people's funny little writing habits. The folk who can only write if they have their fluffy slippers, or who find they do their best work if they have a Laughing Buddha on top of their computer. It's a quirky little glimpse into the minds of others and I just love it every year.
Some years ago, a friend of mine gave me a writers' kit for my birthday. It was a beautiful patterned box contining a notebook, a colourful pen, a tea-light holder, a box of my favourite herbal teabags and some slipper socks. The teabags may be long gone, but each year I assemble my Nano kit in the box and it always reminds me of the original gift :)
In spite of the fact that I do most of my writing on the go, I love the idea of a writers' kit.
This is what mine would contain, in an idea world:
Notebook (large, for brainstorming)
A few pens (you never know when one might run out!)
Herbal teabags, lots of
A suitably bookish mug - possibly my Strand bookstore diner mug
Some writing books - I rarely refer to books while writing but it's nice to have them!
Laptop and charger
USB drive, for backups
Snacks - crisps, popcorn, small chocolate bites, Maltesers. . . . this could be a list all of its own!
What about you guys? What would be in your fantasy writing kit?