I love the Hi-Tecpoint Pilot V5 pens. They come in a variety of colours including pink, lilac and turquoise which makes them a perfect choice for adding colour to a hand-written first draft or creating mind-maps or spider diagrams.
When buying notebooks I don’t have a favourite brand. I prefer blank books rather than lined and I usually have at least three on the go at the same time. I have a large one for mapping out ideas – I particularly like ones that have interesting words on the front. My current one has a Claude Monet comment: ‘I would like to paint the way a bird sings.’ I recently bought three notebooks with beautiful velvet covers. (Basically, I have a weakness for anything pretty and unusual!) I have an A5 sized book to carry around in my handbag and an A5 or A6 book for notes on my current project. Ideas usually strike when I’m driving a familiar route so it’s useful to have somewhere to record them so they don’t get lost.
I love post-it notes, glue and scrapbooks. Many of my ideas begin as collages which are then developed into story-boards or written outlines. I also buy cards and postcards that inspire me.
I’m published as a poet, short story writer and novelist. I also create books aimed at helping other writers. I’m currently half way through my Year of Living Dangerously where I am exploring new ideas with my work and saying yes to any project that sounds interesting. In the last six months I have published a short book on Synaesthesia and my latest poetry collection ‘Threads: spinning the web of time’ and my fifth novel ‘The Girl With Amber Eyes’ which was previously published by My Weekly as a Pocket Novel.
Here is the cover of my latest poetry collection ‘’ inspired by a visit to Quilters Corner in Evesham, Worcs. It was published by Toadstone Press in February 2019. Further details of my novels and writers’ guidelines can be found on the publications page of my website www.writers-toolkit.co.uk
My website address is www.writers-toolkit.co.uk.
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