Tools of the Trade

I am eternally curious about what other writers use and how they use it. For a lot of people now that is a computer and software program, but I’m back to using pens and paper now, so mine looks a little different. This is a photo taken at about 6 o’clock this morning in the middle of working at the dining room table.

  1. Narrow Ruled Paper (no margin): I buy this in bulk. It’s nothing fancy and I use it for all planning and first draft writing.
  2. Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoint 0.5 pens (black): I do pretty much all my writing with these pens. I have used fountain pens in the past, but find them too fussy for longform writing. Occassionally I use other colours of the V5, but this is my go to because it’s nice to write with and you can buy them pretty much everywhere.
  3. File Folders: Every project gets its own folder. These are good for a whole short story but novels tend to spread over multiple folders. The colours have no significance.
  4. Moleskine Pocket Diary: I use this as a log book. I just list out what I’ve done each day. Also I track the books I’ve read and how much time I’ve spent writing.
  5. Moleskine Pocket Cahier: I always have one of these in my pocket. The stickers are so I can quickly see which side is the front.
  6. Pencil Case: mostly full of Pilot V5 pens.
  7. Coffee: I get up at 0530 in the morning, coffee is an essential tool.

There are other things I use at different stages of the process, these are just what I happen to have out on the table when the photo was taken.

Detectives and Criminals

[To] point out that some people are destitute while others are prosperous is rather like claiming that the world contains both detectives and criminals. So it does; but this obscures the truth that there are detectives because there are criminals…

Why Marx Was Right, Terry Eagleton

Wealth and poverty are not immutable conditions defined by nature. They are part of a system that has been created by mankind that can be changed by mankind. The people who claim otherwise tend to be the same people who stand to benefit most from maintaining the status quo.

Day One

I don’t know who this website is for and I don’t know what I’m going to talk about. My plan is to write here daily (Monday-Friday) and see what comes out of it.

This is Day One. We will see where we are later.