It’s a tool, like a hammer or an alligator.
Today’s post is about tools. We all have a certain preferred loadout that we want to have when we sit down to write or make art. For writers, it might be a Moleskine and a Mont Blanc. For photographers, it might be a 1978 Nikon SLR. All of us have an ideal toolkit, however.
But what, my friends, is the most important tool in the box for you? Are you techno-nerdy and need at least a dual-core machine before you can work? Are you totally old-school and prefer hand-cut paper and an inkwell?
I prefer to think of myself as middle-old-school — I use computers, but I only use Notepad to write in. I need to have some noise going, be it music or TV. I prefer to have it semi-dark in the room in which I work, and I definitely like to work without other people around (dogs are OK, provided they’re not being psycho).
But the dealbreaker? The one thing I won’t sit down to write without? Coffee. I can scrawl shit on the backs of napkins with a sharpened piece of coal if I have a steady supply of coffee. It doesn’t even have to be good coffee, though my preference is for Green Mountain Dark Magic Espresso blend served in either of my Las Vegas mugs or my National WWII Museum mug.
What about you, folks? What’s the most important tool for you when you create?