Song of the Day: Can't Live Without You by Charlie Wilson
When I'm writing I can't live without...
1. Music or sometimes TV.
There are some writers that need complete silence, but I'm definitely not one of them. I need some kind of background noise like music or the TV.
2. The Internet.
Yes the Internet can be a distraction, but I actually use it to research something I'm writing, or to look up a word (I use on online dictionary or thesaurus.)
3. My Flash Drive.
I ALWAYS back my work up on a flash drive...or two. During NanoWriMo I was traumatized and I lost a huge chunk of my work because my computer fell and landed on the flash drive (while the flash dive was still plugged in.) I'll never forget the feeling of seeing so much hard work go down the drain. These days I back up my work on two flash drives and I email myself. (Yes, I'm paranoid.)
4. A snack of some sort.
After I've been sitting and writing for hours, I like to take mini breaks which involve eating. The snack is almost always never good for me. My favorite things are chocolate, ice cream, cake, or cashews.
5. A pen and paper.
I usually get other ideas when I write, so I keep this notebook (that I also take EVERYWHERE) with me and I jot down ideas. Sometimes I see something in the story that I want to fix later, so I'll take a note of that kind of thing as well.
Those are the things I can't live without! What are some things you can't live without when you write or revise?