Starting ‘Visitors’ Edit

I started work on the first edit of a new short story this morning. This is a pretty typical setup for me; I try to keep the work in an analogue medium for as long as possible. After I have read through and marked it up I will type it out on a computer (iPad, into Pages) and then print it off to go through and mark up again. Sometimes I think I’d like to try using a typewriter for that stage, but I would still have to type it into a computer at some stage anyway.

I’m working at the dining room table at the moment while we are waiting to start work on the spare bedroom, which will double as my office and laundry room. Hoping we will at least start that by the end of the year. I would love a space of my own already, but I haven’t had that for almost five years, so I’m used to working wherever I can find the space. I guess it will just be nice when I actually have a desk and a door to close.

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.