I’ve always considered September to be my New Years. The summer has ended, theatre season has started, and it’s time to go back to school. And with the spirit of my Who Lives Here article, I’ve put together a list of “Back to School” (or “Back to Writing”) items.
Bear in mind you don’t need anything of these things, but there is something about starting the new year with a fresh notebook that’s very energizing. There’s also no need to break the bank either, as many of these items can be purchased at the dollarstore.
Notebooks – Do you like ones with fancy covers? Leather bound? Bright colours? Pick one you love, but be sure it’s small enough to carry around. You never know when inspiration will strike!
Sticky notes – I’m not a fan myself but a lot of other writers are!
Yellow legal pad – I used one during my very first writing group when I was 19. I still have the notes.
Sketch book – Sometimes lines are limiting. A large blank sheet of paper may help you to break out!
Craft paper (or flip chart paper) – Go big or go home! Sketch on it, write, use colours!
Pens – I’m a Bick girl myself
Pencils – Be sure to get a good eraser. (Why do the ones on the ends of pencils never work?)
Markers – FOR CRAFT PAPER!
What book have you been eyeing but haven’t bought. Go out and get it! Fiction, non-fiction, it doesn’t matter.
Calendar – Do you need deadlines to write? Have a writing calendar to remind you. You can also mark down dates of readings and literary festivals you would like to attend.
Wipe board – Now you see it, now you don’t!
File box – For those people who clip articles and write on scrap paper
Photo box – For those people who clip articles and write on scrap paper but don’t want to be alphabetical about it
Laptop – Is it time for some new hardware?
Lastly, do you remember receiving a syllabus on the first day of each of your high school and university classes? Write one for the year. What do you want to learn? Whose books are you going to read? What are your goals? Refer to it when you’re feeling overwhelmed or lost. At the end of the year you can look back and see all that you’ve accomplished. It’s a great feeling.