Friday Five – Tools for a Challenge #ChaBooCha

Five essential tools for a challenge

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you’ll know that I’m in the middle of the Chapter Book Challenge.

This week, I thought I’d share with you five of my essential tools to get the writing done.

  1. Note book – this is something I carry with me everywhere. As it’s not possible to take a month off work, ferrying kids to after school activities and everything else to do with life as a working, writing mother, the notebook is an essential tool to capture those elusive ideas that come at inconvenient moments.
  2. Pen or pencil – this goes hand in hand with the note book. If you don’t have a pen or pencil, it’s a bit hard to write those ideas in the notebook.
  3. 750words.com – This is a great site that means I can write anywhere I have Internet access without having to keep track of different documents or a USB drive. It also gives me a goal for each day. I aim for each chapter to be at least 750 words. I know this will change in the editing process but it gives me a good start.
  4. Display book – I print out each chapter as it’s written and put it in a display folder so it’s easy for my kids to read and comment on. It also helps if I need to rearrange chapters. Another advantage of doing this is that I can see my progress.
  5. Tea cup – I have a few favourite tea cups/mugs that I enjoy using. Most of the time when I write, I have a hot cup of tea that inevitably goes cold before I’ve finished my chapter for the day!

For anyone else who does writing challenges, what are some of your essential tools to help you succeed?

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