Writing: Creating Your Armory

by on March 13, 2009
in Being a writer

What are the tools of the trade of writing? How does one go about preparing the groundwork? Apart from the obvious Pens, pencils, erasers, Ink or cartridges and paper or a storage device, we would need good reference books, Dictionaries in the languages in which we write, A thesaurus and possibly a good book on Grammar for each of the languages. In modern times when most writing work is beginning to be got done on Computers, a Lap Top or Note Book Computer will no more count as luxury.

To avoid the embarrassment of getting stuck for the word which would convey the right shade of meaning, the Thesaurus is an invaluable tool. A dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms is another asset for the job. If possible, subscribe to a Writers’ Guild or such professional mutual aid group, where the draft work can be read or mailed to a discerning audience and valuable feed back can be obtained. It is statistically possible that some other writer might have used some words in the same sequence as you have done. That is not your fault, but today’s readers who live by gadgets tend to consider the first one who used the words as wise and the second one as a cheap person who copies others’ work! So play it safe, check and re-write, if necessary. Have access to one such software that can alert you on possible duplication.