Happy New Year's Eve to all. It's been a hectic holiday season with family home for the past week. We've enjoyed spending time with our children and our granddaughter. Needless to say, not much work got done, but that's what the holidays mean. I've given up feeling guilty about it. I don't see the family nearly enough and time is too short. Still, the season is drawing to a close, and it's time to start focusing on work once again.
Today while waiting for my mammogram, I read an article about the designer Donatella Versace and what 12 things she can't live without. I immediately started thinking about what 12 things, as a writer, I need. Here's my list:
1. a thesaurus
2. a dictionary
3, a grammar reference book
4. a current copy of Writer's Market
5. a current copy of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
6. a good word processing program
7. a reliable computer
8. a reliable internet connection
9. a quiet work space
10.a small pad of paper and a pen
11.a "jump starter" such as Creative Calisthenics or The Write Brain Workbook
12.a supportive group of writing friends
What are the 12 things you feel you need, as a writer? Please share your thoughts with me.
Of course, there are always New Year Resolutions. I'm going to try to keep mine simple. I want to finish the sequel to my middle grade novel. I also want to gather my writing tips into a collection suitable for eBook publication. Lastly, I want to find publishers for my picture book and my adult short story anthology. 2009 has been a productive year for me, and I hope this streak continues into 2010. Have you made any resolutions? I'd love to hear about them.