Christian Author Donna Fawcett/Dawson

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Writing Tools I Use

Posted by Donna Dawson on January 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM


My greatest writing tool is my computer. I have the world sitting in a box waiting for me to access it if I need. It allows me to accumulate information—research—so my stories can be accurate. It allows me to fly through thoughts, transferring them to files before they skitter away from me.


Then there is my solitude. People assume that a person who spends much time alone is not healthy. It's pretty hard to write a book when the social calendar is full. I need places where I can go to ponder, to allow my imagination free rein, to sift through plots and subplots.


My final, most important, writing tool is a note pad complete with pen. I'm sure if the average person found my scribblings they would wonder if I had ever learned the English language in the first place. The note pad can contain full sentences but rarely does. Usually it is a word or three—just enough to trigger my memory. The reader of that note page might see a list: nose, flared, bent, bridge like hawk's beak. Just enough stuff there to give me a picture—refresh my initial line of thought.



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Reply Susan Barclay
5:02 PM on January 31, 2014 
I need solitude too, Donna, but hadn't thought of it as one of my tools. Great perspective!
Reply Brenda J Wood
7:53 AM on January 29, 2014 
Thanks for mentioning quiet...and making space for thought...Brenda J Wood
Reply Patti J Smith
10:51 PM on January 28, 2014 
Excellent! Solitude is absolutely necessary for me as well!!!
Reply Sara Davison
4:57 PM on January 28, 2014 
Solitude struck a chord with me too. I hadn't thought of it as a tool, but anything that helps you to write better can be classified that way, can't it? Thanks for the fresh perspective.
Reply Kathleen Freisen
12:54 AM on January 28, 2014 
I like your list of tools. Very simple and totally useful. Thanks!
Reply Violet N.
9:40 PM on January 27, 2014 
Yep, solitude is another tool I missed on my list, but very important to me too. 22463535 546
Reply Ruth L. Snyder
11:56 PM on January 26, 2014 
Donna, thanks for sharing your writing tools. Solitude wasn't on my list, but I agree it's very important for us as writers to make time "to allow our imaginations free reign." Happy writing :)