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Writing Equipment

May 2nd, 2013

I thought I’d run through what things you really need when you are considering starting a new writing career as we get asked this quite a lot. Of course, the most common question we get asked is ‘Do I need a computer?’

The answer to this question is, it depends. It depends on whether you can get regular access to word processing, email and the internet somewhere else. If you can, there’s no need for you to buy a computer. If you can’t, it may be worth investing in something and it doesn’t have to be expensive. You will find typing and revising your work much easier and quicker than using a typewriter and hand written work is just not accepted by publishers these days.

It’ll also help if you have regular access to the internet. Most publishers can be contacted using email these days and they’ll accept work sent by email too, which saves you time and money. And, when it comes to research, the internet is invaluable. You’ll be able to look for ideas, check facts and find possible publications and publishers quickly and easily online. And, if you don’t know how to use search engines properly, it is definitely worth learning, as it’ll make your task so much more fruitful. The internet can often end up being a time thief if you’re not careful.

What else? Oh yes, a notebook, pen or pencil to jot your ideas down when you are out and about. This can be as low-tech (literally a note book and pen) or high-tech (the notepad on your mobile phone) as you want. And that is pretty much it.

Of course, as you start to earn money from your writing, you may want to invest in other things to make your creative writing life easier (don’t forget, you can offset items you use for your business against tax paid – see more information here). These could include a desk, comfortable chair and daylight simulation bulbs – whatever makes it easier for you to be creative.

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