IWSG: A Writer’s Environment

The sun is not yet up. We’re entering the period of Very Short Days (I’m in the northern hemisphere). Outside, the snow will brighten the dull browns and greys of winter. Inside, I continue to struggle with my current book. The shifts and insights have come in several waves, and I’ll share them at some point.

This month, the #IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) prompts me to answer the question: What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?

What a delicious question. What fun it will be to peer into the rooms of my IWSG cousins. Are you one of those people who gravitate to the bookcases when you visit someone’s house? This will be even better.

Fountain pen(s)

Yes. I love fountain pens. How can I express the sensual pleasure of uncapping one and touching its nib to a page and feeling the smooth flow of ink as you create words. I mostly use cartridges, for the convenience, but I also love the smell of bottled fountain pen ink. I’ve two Watermans and a Shaeffer.


I have a few Rhodia notebooks. I’m not as diligent as some of you with journaling, but that’s evolving. I like the sturdiness and feel of the Rhodias – though I’ll probably not opt for a spiral-bound version next time. Constantly getting caught as I pull it in and out of packs and purses.

Whiteboard with Post-it notes

I heard Ingrid Thoft speak at a workshop one time (an excellent experience – do catch her if you get the chance) and she’d brought all her Post-it notes from the book she was working on at that time. It was truly prodigious. Dozens. Of course, her books are exciting thrillers with dozens of twists and turns. I think she said she used a post in her writing room. I envision marble squares for some reason.

My writing room is pretty small (and shared with two cats who have “their space”) so I have a 2 by 3 foot whiteboard peppered with pastel Post-it notes. I know I could do that electronically, but I rather like the physical slap when I add one and subtle snick when I later unpeel it and toss it in the recycle.


Love it. Love the flexibility and the zillions of built-in tools (which I don’t have to use but I’ll eventually find). I even love its withering glare when it displays my daily word count and how far I am from my goal.

If you want to learn more, head over to Literature and Latte. Or check out April Dávila’s blog. She regularly posts Scrivener tips.

Pro Writing Aid

I’ve just recently found ProWritingAid via Kindlepreneur’s Dave Chesson.

In the past I’ve used other pre-editor software (Grammarly, Hemingway, etc.) but found them not as insightful and comprehensive. I don’t have much to say as yet, since I just got it, but I’d be interested in your thoughts. Do you use a software? Which one?


Insecure Writer's Support Group #IWSGThe purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! #IWSG



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2 thoughts on “IWSG: A Writer’s Environment”

  1. I’ve been using Pro Writing Aid for years now, and it’s helped my writing by leaps and bounds. I recall the first time I used it, it told me I had to delete 80+ “was” usages. It gave me a whole new perspective on how to word things in a more interesting manner. I tend to recommend it to a lot of people myself.

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