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You're like me. You like to write, you want to write, but sometimes it's difficult to feel motivated and actually sit down to it. Or perhaps you'll get into a good rhythm for a while... but then, like all things, it peters out.
Enter the writing accessory -- that thing you've gotten your hands on that somehow reinvigorates your writing process. It could be that new felt pen, that vintage typewriter, that special kind of lamp, that magical bottle of whiskey that always seems to have one last wonderful drop in it...
So let's go, an ode to writing accessories! Maybe someone out there has stumbled across something that someone else could use (as in, something material, not as in will-power, which is the greatest writing accessory of all, and which I have little of).
I've exhausted my capacity to sit down and come up with new material on a computer, a typewriter, and with pen and paper. But carrying around little cards that I can fill anywhere, and then tack up on the corkboard at home, has revolutionized everything! I scribble down little scenes and paragraphs and notes and then tack them up on the corkboard above my desk. Now my unfinished writing is constantly staring me in the face, whispering, Come on, you milksop, make me part of something! In two weeks I've filled the corkboard with scribbled notes, some of which have already made the jump into actual ongoing work! Being able to move scenes around and stare at them from various angles has also been useful, or at least interesting.
Advantage: Girls are very impressed by a corkboard filled with wild scribbled notes. They assume you are a detective.
Disadvantage: Thumbtacks are sharp and now they litter the floor around my desk.