This week’s topic for the Random Wednesday bloggers is “What I Need to Write.” The answer is…not that much.
For instance, I need:
My computer. I *can* write longhand, but I compose more quickly on my laptop, so that’s a must have.
A seat along a wall. I have a very difficult time working if there are people walking behind me. Even if they’re not looking at my screen, I can’t stand having people behind me. It’s one of the reasons I have trouble writing in coffee shops.
A comfy chair or couch. I admire people who can sit in a straight back chair at a table and work for hours. But I can’t. If I’m not comfortable, I can’t focus.
Something to drink. Depending on the time of day, it’s either coffee, tea or water.
My headphones. Sometimes, I listen to music while I write, but more often than that, it’s a visual cue to the people around me that I’m working and now is not the time to tell me about MineCraft, TF2 or any other video game.
To get out of my own way. By that, I mean that I need to just relax and trust the story rather than obsess and worry like the freak of the week. Sometimes, I’m pretty good at this, and other times sedation seems like a viable option. I’m sure it seems like a really good option for my friends who have to put up with my obsessing.
An idea of where the book is going. I don’t need a full blown plot. I probably wouldn’t know what to do with one if I had one. But I do need an idea of where the book is going. Just a few major plot points. And the end. I really need to know the end so I can aim in that direction.
And that’s pretty much it. Well, a cat or three is often helpful…
I’m kind boring.
Check out what the other RW bloggers need to write by clicking on their names. I know I’m curious.