Writers are special ‘social animals.’ Holding the pulse of public opinion and being endowed with the unique ability to put thoughts into prose. Ever heard of a little something called creative license? Well, the first step is being able to control your immediate environment and that brings us to our topic today. What are the top five items every writer needs to possess to become a success story?
As a writer, you need the right tools in your arsenal to set yourself up for success. These tools vary, but one thing is for certain, they all are the valuable pieces in the writer’s jigsaw puzzle. So about the top five items every writer needs to be successful.
A Reliable Desktop or Laptop Computer
If you’re shopping for a new desktop or laptop, you’ll want to thoroughly research before making a purchase. The last thing you want to do is make a hasty decision and end up with a device not suited to your needs.
Many people have moved away from desktop computers in the last decade. However, they are still have the edge in day to day usage. If mobility isn’t a concern, get a desktop, because it’s very likely that you’ll get more performance for the same money-plus more flexibility in customizing the machine once you buy. Desktops typically offer more performance for the money than laptops and are less expensive to repair. They may allow for a more ergonomically-correct work environment, generally come with better speakers, and allow you to view your work on a larger screen or multiple screens.
It’s not unusual for individuals or families to have more than one type of computer. If you’re looking to carry your computer to work or on vacation, you obviously need a laptop. Laptops are the best bets for remote workers and frequent travelers. Laptops let you use your computer away from your desk, but you pay for that mobility with a keyboard that’s a little more cramped, a higher price, and sometimes reduced performance. A laptop can also be more difficult and expensive to repair than a desktop. Whether your main consideration is portability or power, screen size will be an essential factor in deciding which type of laptop is right for you.
You’ll be spending countless hours on your computer, so weigh the options and invest in a reliable Device.
A Desk Suited to Your Environment
Next up on our list of items every writer needs to be successful is an office desk suited to your environment. You’ll be spending a lot of time at your desk in your office, so you need to make a wise selection when purchasing a new one. There are five factors you’ll want to consider if you’re in the market for a new desk.
First, you’ll want to ensure the desk you select blends well with the rest of the furniture in your office and fits well into your office space. In some cases, an L-shaped desk may better suit your office space or your own personal taste. Verify that the color and style will coordinate well with the décor you already have.
You’ll also want to consider your budget. Desks are available in a wide variety of price points, but just remember that they’re typically tied to the quality of the desk. You don’t want to purchase the cheapest option just for the sake of saving money. On that note, you also don’t need to invest in the most expensive option available, either. For example, some solid wood desks are quite affordable, and some styles with veneer finishes are good quality.
The size of your desk is also important. Avoid purchasing a desk that is too small to simultaneously hold your computer and the other items that you rely on multiple times a day or doesn’t offer you enough room to work efficiently. A cluttered desk makes for a cluttered mind when trying to write. Also steer clear of desks that take up too much space in your office. Massive desks can be visually overpowering, especially in smaller sized rooms, and wastes space that could be used for visitor chairs or other furniture items.
You’ll also want to consider drawer storage. A desk with very few drawers may have a modern visual appeal, but it may not be practical. However, a desk with too many drawers can appear cluttered and busy. Think about what items you need to store in desk drawers to determine how much desk space you’ll need.
One last thing to consider when selecting the perfect desk is your technology needs. In need of a desk with a sliding keyboard tray? Or maybe one that has built-in openings to accommodate multiple electrical cords? Do you need openings in specific places on the surface of your desk or on the sides, or both? Carefully think through where you will place your computer and other necessary items, such as speakers, before making a final decision.
An Ergonomic Chair
Another item necessary to a writer’s success is the proper desk chair. The chair you’ll be sitting in while working at your desk is another important decision you need to make, as you’ll spend countless hours sitting in it. Sitting down actually places strain and pressure on the body and can lead to a number of serious health complications including heart disease, diabetes and deep vein thrombosis, (also known as DVT).
While many people believe it’s normal to complain of aches and pains after a long day sitting at their desk, having the wrong chair, or a poorly set up desk is often the culprit. Set up a working space conducive to comfort and productivity. Ergonomic chairs can help vastly reduce the stress placed on your body by providing proper support and improved comfort. Ergonomic chairs are no longer a luxury item, but a necessity for anyone spending hours sitting down during the day. Not only do they provide posture support, but they also reduce back pain and neck pain, relieve hip pressure, and improve blood circulation.
The next item on our list is blue light glasses. Bothered about your eyes getting dry and tired after a long day of staring at a computer screen, you’re not alone. Digital screens emit blue light, which can have negative consequences on your eyes, such as eye strain, or irritated eyes. Blue light is also known to sabotage your sleep schedule because it messes with your circadian rhythm, which is your internal clock that tells you when it’s time to go to bed or wake up.
Unfortunately, most of us can’t escape having to use computers, tablets and phones in our everyday life. So, how do we handle the negative consequences of digital screens?
Enter blue light glasses, which are said to filter out blue light. These glasses have filtering materials or surface coatings on the lenses that block a portion of blue light. Manufacturers of blue light glasses have a lot of claims. Such as they help reduce headaches, reduce eye strain, and improve melatonin secretion to reduce symptoms from blue light exposure.
Suffering eye strain or headaches while spending long hours at your desk writing can greatly hinder your productivity. If you’re struggling with these types of issues, give blue light glasses a try.
A Growing Collection of Non-fiction Books
Last but certainly not least on our list, to be successful as a writer you need to build your own collection of non-fiction books and consistently read new material.
Reading books as a whole is extremely influential and rewarding for a writer. Books inspire new ideas, introduce new vocabulary words, and invigorate your creative writing juices.
But non-fiction books are particularly helpful resources in a writer’s arsenal. As a writer you need books that help you improve productivity, time management, and other important skills. These are essential in becoming a successful writer.
There are also many books on the market to help you improve your writing skills in your specific writing niche. Whether you’re writing fiction novels, moving people to make a purchase with ad copy or landing pages, or creating e-courses for your online business.
Check below for a list of books that’ll help further your writing journey.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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