What’s a tool you can’t live without as a writer?
This is something authors ask each other a lot. It gets phrased in a lot of different ways, but it all boils down to wanting to make sure you’re not missing out on something that would really help.
Every author would answer this differently, and on some days, I’d tell you it was my little electric tea warmer (basically a hot plate for a teacup). It’s amazing and makes sure that when I forget my tea I don’t come back to a yucky cold cup.
Most of the time, I’d say it was an add-in for Word that does a countdown timer or a word countdown (ishouldbewriting.net). I love it. It’s wonky and doesn’t always work right, but I love seeing the timer or words go down. I change it up depending on what I need or what motivates me more, but it’s a great visual for me to stay focused and not jump away from the page until I complete my goal.
Because some days, staying on track and not wandering away every five minutes from what I’m supposed to be writing is the hardest part of being an author.
Comment below: If you’re a writer or self-employed or even just working from home, what’s something that really helps you?