The second installment on the Blog Hop asks, "What writing tools do you use?"
It's as if my laptop is attached to me surgically. When I'm at home it's never more than an arms-length away -I never know when the Holy Spirit will deluge me with inspiration.
We all have times when we just can't find that "perfect word" or have a block when it comes correct spelling. I either have the paperback versions of a dictionary and thesaurus or I open up the page on-line.
If I'm not home and I see or hear something that is inspirational or profound, it's important that I have a notepad handy (with a pen!). I've been seen jotting things down in a variety of places, especially at Mass. The minute I get home, I place the notes in a file I have set up on my computer for "ideas and observations".
My elderly parents and uncle live with me as I am their caregiver. In order to be able to successfully focus on my writing, I write in the wee hours of the morning with candles lit. The house is quiet, the candles are relaxing and the music is not overshadowed by conversations or television. It also prevents interruptions via phone calls.
Last but definitely not least, I pray the words I write will provide hope, inspiration, and encouragement.
I just released a new book, "And God Still Loves Me - A Journey from the Dark Abyss of Sin to God's Mercy". The link is on the left sidebar.