I have two favourite pens. One is a lovely expensive one that I won for letter of the week in my local newspaper the Shropshire Star a few years ago. The other is one I was given as a secret Santa present a couple of years ago at work.
When buying a notebook it depends what mood I’m in and how much money I have at the time. I do like a nice notebook, though, and I find that, generally, the economy brands are a false economy. The paper is often of a poorer quality. The feel, texture and quality of the paper is important.
My most recent purchase was a lovely marble effect pink and grey notebook from a well-known supermarket. I have to have the right pen and paper so that the physical act of writing flows across the page. If the ink doesn’t flow freely and smoothly it annoys me. I used to have Moleskin notebooks but as nice as they are, they’re too expensive for me at the moment!
I use post it notes occasionally to put on the page with little extra notes on about a particular scene or character I’m writing about. I also use highlighter pens to highlight important things or errors, any changes I want to make. I also use a ruler to help with my proofreading and paper clips (they MUST be purple – one of my favourite colours) rather than staples to keep relevant documents together.
I live in Shropshire with my husband, daughter, cats, rabbit and gold fish and I’ve been writing professionally for 10 years. I’ve had four books published with Pen and Sword Books about WW1 and WW2 and a book about writing groups. I also have a writing column in Writing Magazine about writing groups as well as having many articles and short stories published both in the UK and Australia.
I work term-time as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school for which I also run writing workshops. I recently organised a literary festival for my local area: Telford Write Now Right Now – for which I also ran two writing workshops and I run two Meet the Author Events annually for the Wellington Arts Festival. I belong to Wrekin Writers, my local writing group.
At the moment I’m concentrating on articles, my fiction work and proofreading/copyediting for which I’ve just completed a course.
I’m on Facebook Julie Phillips Author @Julie.phillips11
I’m working on developing a website at the moment but my books are available through Pen and Sword and also Amazon.