• At the office, Norma Jean is my main typing machine. Everyone should have a standard machine in their lives, there's nothing like 'em.
  • The "brain dump box" for story ideas. Have a couple of bundles of cards going for future stories.
  • This year's novel so far. Random plot points and character design, all jumbled up. Going to work on laying these out in October.
  • Won't be touched until after November 30, but there's nothing like revising directly on paper with a nice fountain pen.
  • Hiding under desk: steel box full of recycled office paper for typing.

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The arsenal for this year's NaNoWriMo.

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  1. DuffyMoon 69 months ago | reply

    I've got a brain-dump box, too. Most of what's in it is cryptic little fragments of sentences, just the shadow of an idea, that were meaningful to me when I put them in there, but sometime over the months (and years) have turned into complete gibberish.

    I second the idea of having a standard machine. I use my full-size Remington Standard all the time because it works so daggone well.

  2. littleflowerpetals 69 months ago | reply

    Our setup is very similar! I too have a brain-dump box, with story sketches, and I use index cards for things like keeping track of minor character names, familial relationships, etc. I also carry a notebook for scraps of inspiration or to brainstorm ways to take care of plot holes and knots.

    I can't write with an outline. I've tried. It doesn't work. Most of the time, the story I come up with in the end barely resembles what I started out with, as if I played some epic game of "telephone" with myself, and I veer from the outline within the first chapter or so.

    What kind of pen is that? I can't quite make it out. My editing pen of choice is a beat to death black Parker 51 with a dented cap that I therefore got for cheap. Love that thing....

  3. mpclemens 69 months ago | reply

    It's a suuuuuper cheap "Aldo Domani" pen I snagged from Office Depot for $5 when the local one closed. Actually, I bought two, one brown and one red. Your basic steel-nib, plastic-sectioned junk pen, but it lays down a smooth line, especially with Waterman ink, which is becoming my new favorite.

    Like typewriters, I don't want to pay so much for a pen that I'm scared to use it. I have heard nothing but good things about 51s, and will have to get a user-grade one someday.

    I could have used an outline in last year's nano (my first), though perhaps developing plot points on Halloween night in-between passing out candy to the kiddies had something to do with my lack of focus. The cards are a giant leap ahead of last year's stack. I'm thinking about making a giant mind-map for the story structure, so I can see where the gaps lie. Mind-mapping is less rigorous than a formal Roman-numerated outline, and encourages doodling, scribbling and spontaneity.

  4. MySpotlessMind 69 months ago | reply

    Oh this is nice. The dump box with the index cards are a good idea. I should have probably done that, but instead mine are all in my trusty dusty notebook.

  5. mpclemens 69 months ago | reply

    I like to make little piles of things and sort everything out. It's far more fun that actually writing.

  6. greentea flute 58 months ago | reply

    thanks for this reference, I used to have a cardboard pyramid that I kept notes under, to improve 'em with pyramid power, erk, so, I have a fourteen hundred page novel here on the hard drive that needs about four hunert more pages 'til it's done, thanks god the six hundred pages of footnotes are finished ....

  7. mpclemens 58 months ago | reply

    Egads. I've got a system in the works for organizing that mess of cards (or at least for new cards.) Stay tuned...

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