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Writing for some people is the toughest job you can ever ask them to do
yet given the right write tools and circumstances anyone can actually
write high quality articles with a little bit of work and practice.
There are in fact seven tools every writer actually needs regardless of
whether they are writing a novel, a science document, a University
assignment, a web article or journal for the local paper. Without these
tools you will find it very difficult to succeed.

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<b><i>Writing for some people is the toughest job you can ever ask them
to do yet given the right write tools and circumstances anyone can
actually write high quality articles with a little bit of work and
practice. There are in fact seven tools every writer actually needs
regardless of whether they are writing a novel, a science document, a
University assignment, a web article or journal for the local paper.
Without these tools you will find it very difficult to succeed.</b></i>

<b>Tool #1 - Book and Pencil</b>

The Book and Pencil is one of the most important tools you will ever use.
I carry a book and pencil where ever I go so that I do not miss out on
the ideas I have, words that I have heard and the visuals in front of me.
The key advantage of the book and pencil is that when you see something
or have a good idea, you write it down so you do not forget.

For example, while I was in bed last night I was thinking about a new
article that I could write. This article in fact because I wanted to help
new writers. The first thing I did was to jot down the title in my book
and then the seven tools I believe every writer should have.

I actually have two books I use for writing, a little A6 size pad that
fits in my wallet and another journal size A4 book for writing more
detailed information. Whenever you a walking around a shopping centre or
out to dinner, use the little A6 wallet book to write down words you hear
and phrases you see so that you can use those in your writing. Often
people you come across from other states or countries will use different
phrases to say the same thing, and often those phrases can be sexier than
your own and may inspire more readers to read your material.

<b>Tool #2 - Dictionary</b>
No writer can survive without a dictionary. I still have my Macquarie
dictionary I got when I was in Grade 2 which is some …(a slight pause
here to realise one has gotten old) … 30 plus years ago. However, if you
are just starting out there are lots of really cool online dictionaries
out there for free now. Alternatively, I also recommend visiting a book
fair held by Charity Groups. In Australia, Lifeline holds a book fair
every year and you can actually buy bags of books for a dollar and very
often they will have a couple of thousand dictionaries there for just $1
which is really cheap.

So, why do we need a dictionary? Actually for two reasons, the first is
to make sure we spell the words correctly and for all the techno geeks
who say, but the computer can do that, let me inform you, not all words
in the electronic dictionaries are correct and there are lots of words
that do not exist. The second reason, and this is the most important
reason, the dictionary will tell you the meaning of the word, which helps
ensure the word you are using is the right one for the context of your

<b>Tool #3 - Thesaurus</b>

This is one of the most awesome tools for writers. A thesaurus allows
you to look up a word and to find a better word to use than the one you
used. So here is a really good exercise. I have used my thesaurus to
locate more appropriate words for that previous sentence so here is the
result …

The Thesaurus allows you to hunt for those words that are more
appropriate and improve the sound of the language in your article.

You will notice that I substituted the word "better" for "improve" and
rewrote the statement using words that were descriptive to outline what
you were trying to achieve like "hunt", "more appropriate" and "sound of
the language". When you are writing the thesaurus can be a fantastic and
fun tool to help you dramatically improve the language of your documents
or articles.

<b>Tool #4 - Digital Recorder</b>

As a writer the digital recorder has become a mainstay of our industry.
The digital recorder allows you to simply speak into the recorder and
record parts of your article without having to laboriously (notice the
use of the descriptive term … my thesaurus is working overtime today)
write it down. One thing you might want to consider is purchasing a PDA
that includes a digital recorder and the ability to write down notes and
take phone calls so that you are not carrying a million and one devices.
The new PDA's I have bought for my team actually have software that is
voice activated so that when they have an idea or want to add to a
previous message you can do so without having to press any buttons.

Probably the most common profession that uses the digital recorder is the
legal profession. My lawyer uses one every single time I go into a
meeting to tape his notes and letters I am going to receive and get
charged a fortune for.
<b>Tool #5 - A Good Library Of Books</b>

Look the number ONE tool every good writer needs is their own library of
books. A good writer will also be a good reader and the more you read
the better your writing will become. I now have in-excess of 10,000
books in my collection and growing. My library of books range from
fiction to non-fiction, research journals, magazines and much much more
and I am building an even bigger video selection as well.

<b>Why? </b>

Well the more exposure you have to the various writing techniques and
languages by the citizens of the world and the more refined your own
technique will become. Further to that you need to gain a solid
understanding of what technique is appropriate for the medium and the
audience you are writing for. For example, the style of writing I use
for articulating articles for the web will be of a more relaxed nature
and more personal than for a document I might be producing for a
corporate organisation. To be a really great writer you must be able to
be flexible in the style you use dependant on the type of document or
article you are writing.

Great writers are not born, they create themselves through practice.
When I was at school, even through to high school I was a terrible writer
but as I have practiced more and more (with the help of my mum), my
writing has improved 100,000 percent and I know the more I write the
better I am getting at structuring the article and making it flow and the
faster I can write.

The library of books will be a great source for research as it will allow
you to see how different writers structure their sentences, the sort of
words they use how they describe experiences and use descriptive words
like adjectives in their sentences. When you are building your library,
do not get caught into the trap of buying just brand new books and to be
honest that is an expensive way to start. Like I said before, visit
places like the Book Charity Fairs and second hand book dealers and often
you will find bags of books for just $1. I recently went to a Lifeline
Book Fair and we bought bags of books for $1. The more extensive the
library of books you have, with styles from the past and the present, the
more effective, fantastic and outstanding your writing will become.

<b>Tool #6 - Quality Music</b>

Everybody has heard of writers block and I am not really sure there is
such a thing, but some days I do find it harder to write then others.
However, one way I overcome this problem is by listening to music that
will help entice the creative element of my brain. The music I have
found that is really good for this is baroque music which is played at 60
beats a minute.

Briefly, research shows that baroque music at 60 beats per minute causes
your brain to produce more alpha [calmness] waves. This happens on both
left and right sides of your brain.
This simply means that you calm down and relax, in a way similar to when
you whistle a happy tune, or when you daydream. This "alpha" state of
mind is ideal for learning, creativity, or just relaxing. It is used in
schools all over Australia. A quote from the teacher of a remedial class
here in Australia: "It seems to slow them down so they can think."

I have seen corporate trainers improve the effectiveness of training
sessions dramatically by playing Baroque Music during a session and the
creativity really comes to the forefront. A colleague uses the music as
background for his memory training seminars and swears by it because
recall and creativity are improved.

<b>Tool #7 - A Good Computer</b>

Nobody in the world today can seriously survive a writing career without
a good computer. If you are going to be writing professionally for a
media house, newspaper or magazine, you will need a good computer as they
will not accept your copy without it being in electronic form. Gone are
the days where a writer would produce their manuscript in hand written
form and send it to their editor. Those days are well and truly over.

On your computer you will require a few pieces of software to make your
computer worthwhile. The first thing you will need is an Internet
connection, without it you will not be able to email your copy and as I
said all media houses, newspapers and magazines today require their
writers or journalists to produce electronic copy. You will also need a
good word processing software application. If you can afford it, I
strongly recommend Microsoft Word 2003 simply because of the quality of
the spell checker and built in Thesaurus. I also recommend this version
as you can now use the speech recognition software in the application to
dictate your article into the computer. Many years ago you had to
actually buy third party applications, like Dragon Speak.

The last thing as a writer you will need is a good printer. Do not
scrimp on printers, because as a writer you will probably find it is
easier to review you work printed out, so buying a cheap printer will
normally cost you 3 times as much as a slightly more expensive printer.
I recommend to all my clients to buy a laser printer over an ink jet when
you are writing as a laser copy is less likely to smudge when you write
notes on the copy.

To finish off, writing can really be a really fun and exciting career or
simply something to do in your days off, but having the right tools will
certainly make life a lot easier for you. Here are the seven tools every
writer must have:

<b>Tool   #1   -   Book and Pencil</b>
<b>Tool   #2   -   Dictionary</b>
<b>Tool   #3   -   Thesaurus</b>
<b>Tool   #4   -   Digital Recorder</b>
<b>Tool   #5   -   A Good Library Of Books</b>
<b>Tool   #6   -   Quality Music</b>
<b>Tool   #7   -   A Good Computer</b>

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