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Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Fives: Needy Writers

Writing/Revising Song of the Day: "I Need You Tonight" by INXS

One more 'gin we're joining in with the Friday Fives fun from Pam's group blog Paper Hangover.

This week they wanna know:

What are the FIVE THINGS you can't live without when writing/revising??

We are so ADHD, we absolutely have to have something else to grab on to or listen to while writing and revising. With that being said, here are our top five must haves!!!

1.) Music Part I: When revising, we like to listen to low moody music. A great example: The Inception soundtrack, or most songs by Incubus or 30 Seconds to Mars.

2.) Music Part II: Creating playlists based on our character(s). For The Blues, a lot of heavy, loud music (SlipKnot, Korn, The Used) was put on Blake's playlist. For Project J, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson provided some of the soundtrack of Jonah's life.

3.) Lubrication: Get your minds out of the gutter! We both happen to have cosmetic type materials that we need at our desks. For Pam it's lotion, for me ChapStick. Must. Haves.

4.) Candy: Preferably anything gummy--however, chocolate, Lemon Heads, Nerds and SweetTarts will suffice!

5.) Finally, a notebook: Not just any notebook either. Cute little white notebooks decorated with colorful polka dots. This was given to us when we were in England by our sistah from another mistah, Racquel. We keep these notebooks with us to jot down new ideas, and to write things we need to remember while revising.

There you have it, our five must haves while writing/revising...what about you?


Jennifer Pickrell said...

Chapstick - I use it so much I wish I owned stock b/c I'd be rich!

Racquel Henry said...

LOL...your list looks a lot like mine. I especially like the part about CANDY! I MUST have a snack at hand when I'm writing. I feel so special that you guys use the notebooks, YAY! :)

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

These are fantastic!!! I like how you consider different music for different moments in the process. very cool!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Music is a definite must!

Emy Shin said...

Great list -- I agree with them all, but especially candies. I constantly need something to munch on.

Christine Murray said...

I snack too. My cosmetic of choice is nail varnish, I apply coats when I get to a tricky part...and when I get bored.

Jamie Manning said...

Excellent excellent list ladies. I'm with you on the chaptstick, too. A tube is on my person AT ALL TIMES. Love the stuff.

And I also am a notebook guy too, though mine doesn't necessarily have to have the polka dots (but I wouldn't mind them, either). I just have to have one close by to jot various things down.

Great post!

Anna Staniszewski said...

Chocolate! Seriously, it's kind of gross how much chocolate I consume when I'm wrapped up in revisions. Whatever works, right? :-)

Erin L. Schneider said...

It didn't make my top 5 list (and I'm not sure why!), but like you, I MUST have Burt's Bee's lip balm by my lap top at all times - I also have several in my nightstand, in my handbags, in my car, at the office...you get it! As I'm sitting here typing this, I can see that lovely yellow tube of goodness. :)
Great list!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

LOL at #3! I'm also obsessed with lotion and lip balm. My husband makes fun of me about how soft my hands are because I use lotion so much!

Sophia said...

My mind went to water when you mentioned lubrication. Kinda disappointed in myself.
- Sophia.