My Writer’s Toolbox


Daytime notebook

After weeks of sharing My Publishing Journey, I’ve decide to have a bit of fun and show you what’s in my writer’s toolbox beyond my trusty 21.5″ iMac and my somewhat overactive imagination. If you’re a writer, you’ll totally get this. If you’re not, well . . . don’t say I didn’t warn you!

My daytime ideas notebook. Note that it has a pretty cover (this is very important). It’s here I jot down story ideas, character names as they come to me, and other assorted ramblings. Yes, I’m sitting at my computer when I’m writing in my notebook. There’s something about pen and paper that makes the idea seem a bit more “real.”

My nighttime notebook has permanent residence on my bedside table. Did you know the best ideas come to you in the middle of the night? Of course, it’s difficult to write in the dark —and it can be downright annoying to turn on the lamp at 2 a.m. My husband found a solution and gave me some ballpoint pens with an LED light inside of them. Inspired genius! I also have a mini notepad and pen (not shown), which I carry in my purse (are you sensing a theme here?).

But enough about me. What’s inside your writer’s toolbox?

Nighttime notebook.

Nighttime notebook.


LED light pens: priceless!

BSP: My debut amateur sleuth mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was released in print and eBook on July 23rd. Find it at all the usual suspects.

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9 responses to “My Writer’s Toolbox

  1. Kristina Stanley

    I love having an audio recording as it’s so much quicker when I’m busy with other things by my mind is still writing.

  2. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Interesting, Kristina. I never thought of doing that. I tend to jot everything down in pen/paper mode and half the time I can’t read my writing.

  3. Kristina Stanley

    I use an iPhone to record thoughts while I’m out of the house. It’s kinda funny to listen to myself while I’m out running and trying to talk at the same time. Not very flattering, but very useful.

  4. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Pam, order the pens!

  5. Multiple notebooks and LED pens! What great tools. I keep a pad of paper next to my bed but, because I don’t want to turn on the light, I never write anything down!

  6. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Grace that pen is so wonderful. My husband found them on eBay. Very inexpensive too! You’re right. You never remember the ideas in the morning.

  7. Grace Topping

    You are so smart writing down ideas that come to you in the middle of the night. So many times I think I’m going to remember an idea that occurs to me at night–and I don’t. Who knew there was a pen with a light! Thanks for the tip.

  8. Judy Penz Sheluk

    He found the pens on eBay and they are great! Thanks for reading The Hanged Man’s Noose 🙂

  9. eightpawswriting

    Love the pens! I sm in the middle of Hanged Man’s Noose and throughly enjoying it!

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