SATURDAY ROSE THORNS – SECRETS OF GREAT WRITING PART 3 – The writer as a manager
Create your own writing space
Do you have a personal writing space—a cave into which you retreat? Perhaps you’re using the cubbyhole under the stairs or the dining room table or a corner of your bedroom or the living room sofa. With laptops and wireless internet, you can take your cave wherever you go. Eventually, though, you’ll need a permanent place for the equipment necessary to a writer:
Computer. Either a desktop or laptop with a word processing program. Microsoft Word is the publishing industry standard. The brand and type of computer depends on your preference and budget. Save on bells and whistles if necessary, but don’t skimp on storage capacity and speed.
Printer. An all-in-one printer-copier-scanner will save space.
Data backup. This is very important. There are many ways of backup. No matter how sophisticated your computer, data—meaning all your work, all your writing projects—can be lost or destroyed when the system crashes or a virus attacks. Professional writers know the crucial nature of creating regular backup files.