Where do you write? What are your preferred writing tools?
(For NaNoWriMo, I’d highly recommend using a laptop, going to a secluded spot, and hammering out words until your hands fall off.)
I used to write longhand, with a pen (never a pencil because it rubs off easily), in a college-ruled spiral notebook. Composition books are awful because you can’t fold them back and you can never rip out a page without messing up the binding.
My handwriting is terrible, so I switched to typing, which was more comfortable for me because
1. I could actually read what I had written.
2. I can type a lot faster than I write.
3. I don’t have to worry about pencil marks fading over time and pen marks smearing.
4. My hand/wrist doesn’t hurt when I’m done with a marathon writing session.
But I still write in only one place – my bedroom, because that is where the computer is. I don’t have a laptop, thus my PC anchors me to one spot. I still keep a notebook by my side to jot down random ideas and whatever else happens to pop into my head.
It’s hard for me to concentrate in other places anyway. If I did borrow my mother’s laptop and go somewhere else to write, even somewhere else in my house, I’d be distracted. (Or maybe I just have undiagnosed ADHD.)
When I was in community college, I would write longhand in notebooks, in the lounge/cafeteria area. I’d manage only three written pages a day, mostly because I’d be too busy people-watching to get anything else done. The upside of writing in a public place is that the inspiration is endless. There have been many times when I’ve put aside the work I was supposed to be doing and just wrote down things that I overheard.
I never regretted doing that because some of it was hilarious, some of it inspired new stories, and some of it gave me insight into my own problems.
My recommendation: carry a notebook or a small pad and pen with you wherever you go. You never know what you might overhear. 🙂