Once a week, I send out an invitation to my writing group that says when and where we’re meeting, as well as what to bring. Earplugs are sometimes a good idea; but as far as how to get our work done, there’s a lot of leeway.
Kurt Vonnegut didn’t think much of writing with crayons, but there’s probably a writer out there who can ONLY work in waxy Spring Green.
Have you found that one kind of story comes out on the computer, and another pops out in pencil?
What about sidewalk chalk, an x-acto knife, or graffiti?
Have you done doodles in margins of your notebooks in ink, only to scan them later?
Does your mind feel more organized by lined paper? Graph? Blank?
Do you have a pile of dollar-store notebooks you use in the same pile as seventh-grade graph paper?
Do you feel more comfortable with big fat notebooks or little pocket-sized ones?
Moleskine, fauxskin, napkin?
Can you write with anything on anything, or are you as consistent as James Bond and Captain Picard’s choice beverage?
“It’s called a pen. It’s like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.”
– Dale Dauten
“I don’t use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.”
– Jay Dratler
“Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton