As a side note, I super apologize if this post is late at all, though to be honest I really don’t know what time it is. I thought I would have time to write it before I began my trek to Paris (where I am now!), but as per usual, the world got in the way. However, my bestest buddy Cam helped me edit the post since I don’t have my computer with me, so thank you so much! That all being said, here’s today’s post!
Speaking directly as someone who is currently traveling, being a writer and constantly being on the go isn’t always the most ideal situation, especially if you’re crazy like me and enjoy writing by hand in a pretty notebook (like the ones I talked about in my other post). So what are we supposed to do? Well, I’m here to talk to you today about the five most important things you need to carry in your bag everywhere as a writer!
And I promise to not sound like I’m doing an infomercial throughout the rest of this post, too, so don’t worry about that.
Alright, this one might be a given, but as a writer, you always need to have something to write with by hand. I’m someone who loves Scrivener and my iPad immensely, but when it comes down to it, you always have to have a notepad or just a spare piece of paper to write something on. In the past, I’ve even used old receipts I’ve found in my purse, but of course, a cute notebook is preferable.
A WRITING INSTRUMENT
Going along with the last one, having a pen or pencil is a must. I usually like to carry two pencils and two pens with me, including one of my favorite Pilot G2’s, and the extra pencils and boring pen in case someone wants to borrow one. I’m not giving them my best merchandise, my poor rollerball will never see the light of day again!
A FLASHDRIVE (OR INTERNET CONNECTION)
I cannot tell you guys how many times I’ve been walking around and found a library, gotten excited to use a computer because I hadn’t wanted to lug my laptop with me, and been super thankful that I store my manuscript and notes on the cloud. Especially for us college students, being able to take your work on the go to multiple computers can be a major life hack. Plus, pro tip, carry a flashdrive that you won’t forget or lose! Mine looks like a turtle 🙂
HEADPHONES (NOT NECESSARILY WITH MUSIC)
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, being able to people-watch is an absolute must for getting tips on characterization and dialogue, because let’s face it, the best way to write realistic people is to use real people, right? Well, one trick I learned very early is that if you put headphones in, no one bothers you. You don’t even have to be listening to music, you can just pop in your earbuds and (let’s be honest) eavesdrop on the people around you to get killer ideas for dialogue and character!
I have some more posts coming out about how important it is for writers to read constantly, so having a book on hand is always important. Due to the fact that I’m extremely indecisive, I normally bring one paperback that I’m trying to finish and maybe one or two eBooks on my phone, so I can change my mind on the topic or genre if I have a moment of silence to read.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, A MOBILE DEVICE
Yes, I said this in the previous one, but having a mobile device of some kind is really going to be your best friend. You can use it to quickly pull up information from Wikipedia (which you had *i*better not be citing) or use it to record a voice memo, which I’ve done hands-free while I’m driving by using the “Hey Siri” feature on my iPhone. Whatever you use with it, I would always just recommend keeping it on you, though if you have one, I’m not too sure why you wouldn’t have it anyway.
In case this list is something you want to pin somewhere or have on the go, I put together a free checklist for you to use! You can download that, along with a ton of other freebies if you subscribe to my newsletter here! You’ll also be getting weekly writing prompts and updates, so be sure to check it out!
Now, go pack your bag and head out on your own writing trek! Have fun and may the words be ever in your favor!