It’s that time of year when parents help their children prepare for returning back to school. With all of the advertising, I’m reminded of how much I love office supplies. Weird, I know, but I’ve always loved stationary and nice pens. As a writer, I’ve found that there are certain office supplies that I absolutely must have. I’m sure I’m not alone in this—I hope not anyway.
So consider this my official dedication to one of my many quirks—office supplies. Here are my favorite three must-have items.
At the top of the list are 3×5 index cards. I read a suggestion in James Scott Bell’s book, Plot & Structure, where he explained how index cards can be used to outline a story. I loved the simplicity of the idea so much that I’m now hooked.
Second on the list are sticky notes. I’m not a sticky-note-oholic but I do like to post reminder notes to myself and they’re a big help.
Last on the list are pocket folders. I use those things to tote around notes of every kind and I have one or two for each novel.
There you have it, folks. Who else enjoys office supplies? Anyone? Bueller…