Let’s be honest, even if a writer has the perfect story outline and is immune to writer’s blocks, there are just some days that she just can’t write (think pms). At worst, she would rather just sit back and watch the world burn. Of course, that’s me sometimes. However, I tended to feel guilty rather quickly afterwards because I would suddenly remember what it felt like to be an enthusiastic reader waiting for the author to update her favourite story. Also, I have my share of “abandoning stories” days when I was young, but now I don’t want to abandon anything once started. Therefore, I make sure that the following are near my presence so that I can force myself from writing procrastination:
1. A music list from YouTube that fits with the mood I try to create in the story or in a single chapter.
2. Picking a writing utensil from my special pen collection. I even dedicate this cherry blossom pen holder just to hold my special pen set (see below).
3. If I have excess spending money, I buy pretty notebooks so that I can make myself and the stories feel even more special. Heh, I’m so vain.
4. Plenty of water.
5. Snacks, if my budget permits.
6. The right room temperature.
That’s basically it. I was not always this “particular” about my writing environment until I started earning money. Actually, I’m not as extravagant now that I’m back in school.