The Artistic Writer's Toolkit

So you want to be creative and write a novel.

In the simple list below I'm going to show you some simple tools experienced writer's use to them started in the right direction:

Notebook and Pen

I always try and carry both of these writing tools around with me in my bag.

My favourite is the Moleskin Classic, whatever your choice is use to scribble your thoughts in.

When it comes to pens the humble ball point pen is always a good one.  If you want something more old school then you can go no further than a fountain pen for real penmanship.

It doesn't matter if what you're writing really sucks.  Just write your notes and ideas in your notebook until you've filled it up.  Then keep filling up more notebook's with your thoughts and ideas.

You know you've reached your goal when it's hard not to write.

Read Novels

If you want to write fictional stories you need to read and read a lot of novels.

Read any stories long or short you can get your hands on.  Don't take notes, just read.

Use your spare time looking around second hand book stores, charity shops and libraries.  Remember you don't need to spend anything when you borrow a book from your local library.

Study the Art of Writing from the Best

So you've read the fiction you want to write about, you're keeping a journal and notes.

Now study from the best writer's on the subject by reading some non-fiction book's.

On Writing

Immensely helpful to any writer this is part memoir, part master class in fictional writing by the master himself.

On Writing Well

Praised for its sound advice, clarity and warmth, this book is for all those writers who want to learn how to write.  Or who write just to get through the day.

On Writing

Sharp and moving reflections on the artistry and craft of writing, from an iconoclastic, riveting and celebrated masters.

It can take a whole lifetime to master the English language so you need to start now if you want to write fiction.

The guides below plus a really good dictionary and thesaurus are also a must have in your toolkit:


With the rise in eBooks starting digitally makes a lot of sense and will save you time.

Here are 4 options for word processing:
  1. Google Docs
  2. Microsoft Word Online
  3. Pages
  4. Open Office
The best advice I can give you is find a software program your comfortable with and stick with it.

So go on pick up your pen and notebook or switch on your desktop.  Write that novel!

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