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An On-the-go Creator’s Toolkit

Updated on October 27, 2011
Pen and Paper are the most important things to carry with you, always.
Pen and Paper are the most important things to carry with you, always. | Source

For all of you writers out there, you know that inspiration for that new poem or book can hit at any time. If you are not prepared and cannot write down that inspiration, line, or name, you may have lost it forever. If you are prepared, what you write down can become a best-seller or your most famous poem. This not only goes for writers, but for other creators as well. If you are a painter and come across a beautiful scene, but have no way of photographing it for your new painting, it may be lost. Below are some items that are necessary to keep with you always.

The Basics

Pen and paper are essential must haves. You can do everything you need to with them. Jot down a few lines, sketch a scene, or write reminders for yourself. The nice thing is that small memo pads and a pen take up very little space in purses, glove boxes or desk drawers.

A Step Up

Last year for Christmas my boyfriend bought me a voice recorder. It has been one of the greatest presents I have ever received. Not only can I speak what I am thinking, but I can record my thoughts while I am driving or in bed without having to get up and turn the light on. I find this very helpful since I get most of my ideas while driving back and forth to class or right as I fall asleep.

Most of the models being released today can be plugged right into the computer. Allow the sound files to be stored on your hard drive. This is great for those of you who are constantly filling up your voice recorder. Some models even have software available to convert those sound files into text files, cutting out the middle step of you typing up your ideas! How great is that!

For Those Great Visuals

Most cell phones these days come with a camera. This is great because you can take a picture of anything that happens to inspire you. While smartphones have great cameras that can take clear, detailed pictures, for the rest of us our phone cameras may not be up to snuff. If you do not feel like investing in a digital camera or upgrading to a smartphone, a solution is to stock up on disposable cameras. The downfall to this is that it can get expensive after a while, and you have to wait for the film to be used up and the prints developed before you can even see your inspiration in photo form. This can be frustrating if that picture you took made you want to create something right when you get home.

Keep the Toolkit With You

Whether you be driving to the grocery store, at work, or taking a walk in the park, that creative spark can hit you at any time. Be ready for it by having this toolkit handy wherever you go. I know there are many times I have not had pen and paper and I would be kicking myself in the butt for it. Even if you never use something you recorded from years ago, you will never know when that something comes in handy. So stay prepared creators of the world!


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      fancifulashley 6 years ago

      Thank you for your input Arlene V. Poma. I hadn't thought of how a subject/person might react if you started taking notes on them. Great point!

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      I stick to my writer's journal and my camera. They are both small enough to fit in my hands so that I don't intimidate my subjects when I need to jot down notes or take photographs. Many people tend to freeze up when you are taking notes or taking photographs. I keep a notebook and pens on my headboard to write down my dreams before I get up. This is it for me. I have small recorders, but I have not used them in a dozen years. Other than my journal and my camera, anything else is too much of a distraction.

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      fancifulashley 6 years ago

      Napkins...I think I heard that was how J.K. Rowling got her start on Harry Potter. Anything on hand will do, as long as that spark is remembered.

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      jfay2011 6 years ago

      good hub. I always have a pad and paper whereever I go. I've even written on napkins.

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      fancifulashley 6 years ago

      Yes they are. I had one really good one that is still driving me crazy.

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      rabecker 6 years ago

      I agree. I remember reading a few years ago, about keeping a note pad and pen by the bed. To record the dreams that you had just before waking up. The ones that turn to vapor, and their fleeting memory at the fringes of your mind are enough to drive you bonkers.

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      fancifulashley 6 years ago

      Yea I always have very interesting dreams and I find it much easier to use a voice recorder than to try and write down everything. I keep mine right above my head so I don't even have to move that much.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I really need to think about some type of voice recording tool. A couple of times I have had a dream, and then when I woke up thought of something that I knew would be the start of a good story or poem. It was so inspiring that I knew could not possibly forget, but then I went back to sleep, and the next morning could only remember that I had something awesome, but could not remember what it was. Now if that happens again, I have to wake up enough to write it down, or wake up enough to write it and then be too awake to go back to sleep. And that kind of messes up your night. I have done that, and the piece is in incubation now. I will call it back up in about a week, to make sure that sleeping for a couple hours and then writing for a couple and then sleeping for a few more is not too disjointed in creating something useful. I will see when I look at the work again.