I was recently asked, “What are the main tools or “must haves” you need in order to be a productive writer?” I’d never thought about it before but here are my essentials for getting down to writing: 1. Pen 2. Notepad 3. Laptop w/ Word and Excel(to track writing/stories) 4. Research material 5. Character sheets, plot ideas 6. Writing playlist(to set the mood) 7. A mug of tea(actually several mugs) 8. Inspiration, a story to tell 9. Flash drive/external hard drive I often use writing guides because they’re helpful too but I mostly read them prior to making revisions or edits.