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Top 5 super must-haves for writers

We all know the need to find better and faster ways to do everyday things is the mother of invention. Our daily lives get busy this things need to get automated.

The same needs apply for writers. Oh, we've got computers instead of typewriters for faster editing. We've got ebooks for an immediate way to get books to readers. We've got the internet so we can research without leaving the house.

But we need more. Okay, I need more. I'm editing and writing books, writing blog posts, reading books, checking social networlds (yes, that's a new word I just invented), plus I'm pitching to agents and working on writer workshops. The point is I'm as busy as a one-armed man amidst a s warm of locusts. That's why I've checked out the top 5 super must-haves for writers.


You remember the story about the woman who wore a nappy just so she could drive 950 miles from Houston to Orlando without having to stop at restrooms to meet her lover's flight? She showed up wearing a trench coat and a wig, and a knife, a BB pistol, and latex gloves were found in the car. But we didn't blink an eye at the potential kidnapping plot, instead we all fixated on the ludicrousness of a grown women without incontinence wearing a nappy.

Yet I'm betting there were a lot of writers out there, including me, who were nodding their heads and saying to themselves, "Yes, yes, that might work."

Let me explain why this isn't such a weird idea for a writer. This morning I have my one cup of coffee, and then because I feel like a boost of vitamins I follow that with a glass of Berocca (boom I've also started on my water intake), and then I head into the office and within ten minutes my private bits are starting to bear the burden of fluid build up. I know I have to get up and relive my bladder, but I've only edited one page so far and I'm at the really good bit!

This interruption goes on for over an hour. I've consumed 500 millilitres of fluid, expelled about three litres. This is why the adult nappy/diaper makes it to my top 5 must-have item for writers this year.
Yes, this is totally disgusting but I'm so sick of having to get up all the time.


Fast food manufacturers, it seems, always have writers in mind when they prepare their packaged foods. Potato chips, muesli bars, chocolate bars, pretzels, heck even fruit comes in simple packaging. They contain a lot of carbs. We all know that protein is essential for brain development.

So what is one of the best fast food that contains high protein and low fat and don't have to be heated up, because let's face it even a microwave meal takes eight minutes I don't have?

Three foods come to mind. Tinned salmon, fruit, and yoghurt.

I'm always motivated to eat yoghurt whenever I watch Burn Notice. The main character, Michael Weston lives on yoghurt and water. He's super fit and very clever. Yes, it's a TV show but yoghurt does have benefits other than being good for you. It's easy to eat. It's healthy. It's there and all you have to do is grab a spoon, open the lid, and eat.

In a guide to flatten your belly without starving yourself, Health Magazine says, “Take it from the dieters in a University of Tennessee study who ate 6 ounces of fat-free yogurt with every meal and lost 81% more abdominal fat than those who cut calories alone.”

Tinned salmon can be eaten straight from the tin on crackers.

Fruit comes in its own packaging and can be eaten raw. Yes, raw. No heating, no cooking, no anything.

So yoghurt, fruit, and tinned salmon makes it to my top 5 must-haves for writers this year. Because if I rely on unhealthy snacks then I'm going to have to find time to do more exercise.


After swearing at my old computer for the millionth time, I conceded that the fight with the world of commercialism will never be won, I went out and bought a new PC tower. Quadruple core processor. Windows 8.1. 8GB RAM. 1T HDD (whatever that is). Enough said. As Batman needs a super fast car to catch the bad guys, so too does a writer need a super fast computer and internet connection.


Inactivity is simply not good for the body. Going to the gym to do a session takes time I do not have. I do have time to walk the dog. I also have time to sleep. That why I like versatile clothes that go from bed to work to exercise.

The great thing about working from home is that nobody sees you. You can, and often do, get out of bed, slip on some leisure wear for the feet, and shuffle into the office to write. After an hour your dog stares at you like you've forgotten to do something (walk the dog) and you can then slip straight from your leisure wear for the feet into active wear for the feet and  keep your body healthy.

I like to walk the dog daily for minimum 40 minutes, some days we go for an hour. Then it's back into the office, from there to the sofa, from there to bed. Some days I even do the gardening. Errands that can be performed without getting out of the car can also be accomplished.

An entire day can pass by without the need to get dressed. I also save a lot of money.

Warnings signs to check that you haven't slipped too far over the edge with leisure wear:

Do any items of clothing have food stains? Yes - go out and get new ones but do not wear leisure wear to buy more leisure wear. It makes you looks dependant.

Do you start to hang up your leisurewear in the closet? Yes - put it back into the drawer where it belongs. The moment you put your leisure wear on a hanger you are asking to be excluded from all future social engagements.

These are very versatile, they're like a walker cross slipper so they can worn all day!


Batman has Alfred. Tony Stark has Pepper Potts. And I have my husband.

In all seriousness, I could not continue to do what I do without my husband's support. He only recognises me from the back of the head these days. I'm always at the computer. He's also great at doing domestic stuff around the house like washing clothes and dishes. Sometimes he'll cook dinner. He supports me when I go to a writer's conference. He supports me when I have to meet a deadline.

 I recall the day I told my then boyfriend, now husband that I had written a novel, but it hadn't been published. This was back in 1999. I said I was taking a break from writing and he told me that I should start it back up. He is like my Alfred, whenever Bruce Wayne thinks of giving it all in, he is there to tell me to suck it up and keep doing what I was born to do.
So there you have it, my super must-haves for writers. Some practical, some wishful, some borderline psychotic, but then if I wasn't borderline psychotic I wouldn't be a writer. Who else is crazy enough to do what we do without getting paid?
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Best wishes

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

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