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    What Tools Do You Use To Write?

    I find that when I write, I have my dictionary, internet, thesaurus, and pen and paper at hand. What do you use as tools to help you write a more effective poem or short story? I also have poetry help books on hand when I need them. Whats your best source?
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    Well, for poetry, just a notebook or any paper I can get (or receipts or the back of business cards) and a pen or pencil.

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    Thanks Silas for answering. It does seem that the best poetry comes in the middle of the night or at a restaurant or some place where we have to forget it or grab a napkin or whatever huh?
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    For poetry, whatever is nearest at hand to write with and on. I do keep a journal of a collection of different styles in it, becasue I like to write in a wide varity of different verses.

    For stories, a note book and the computer, sometimes the thesaurus

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    Energy Drink, Insomnia, Inspiration, some good reading material, computer, dictionary.com, and some discipline.
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    Haha yes discipline is a good one, and with me these days, time.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    A hammer.

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    A hammer sounds scary limajean lol. Hope you don't hit yourself if the right words won't come to you hehe. Maybe that's what I need to add to my arsenal of writing tools. I also like music on when I write but not the tv. Not sure why.
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    When I write on my computer, which is almost always, I usually need a thesaurus of some sort and food. Sometimes I'll pull up pictures of random things like landscapes, textures, people, to inspire me imagery-wise.
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    pencil and paper.
    the main idea with the books is that there are too many not worthy to be read.

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    Well, obviously a pen and notebook if i'm out and about, but if i'm at home i use my laptop. Other than looking through dictionary.com and pouring through the internet for info, the other main tool i use is my brain.
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    Never looked at Dictionary.com. Will have to check it out. Thanks to those who are replying.
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    Pen and paper, then typing, then writing out in pen and paper, then finally typing. I go through 3-4 drafts on most things - drafts not being edited for mistakes and reworking, drafts being first attempt, second attempt, with total rewriting. I also have an Oxford English Dictionary on the computer, and a decent reference collection - Bible, Poetry, classics - plus scholarship, which makes things alright. Really though, for a prewrite, I usually spend a week or two reading critical opinions on my lunch hour in the big university library, then let that sit for a week without touching those books, then put the pen to paper. That's the only way to make sure you have your own ideas, but aren't totally just misreading.

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    My laptop, my notebook, pen, lots of cigarettes and lots of either coffee, beer, whiskey or wine. Sometimes all.

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