I am not one of the lucky people who gets to stay home and write all day long. (I do envy those who do.) I have a job that requires I travel about thirty to forty-five minutes each way, every day.
Now I am a girl who just can't sit still for too long, unless I am on a beach with a Mango Margarita but that's a blog post for another day. So on the days that I am forced to commute there is one thing I never leave home without.
My voice-recorder. Now scoff all you want but while I am driving, working out dialogue is something that comes to me. Even scenes are more vivid to me while I am behind the wheel. Why? I have no idea. Personally I think it's because driving bores me to tears and my mind just happens to wander.
With the help of my voice-recorder I always have a place to store my ideas or random thoughts and the best part is I am not trying to write and drive at the same time. I use a hands free so it just looks as if I am talking on the phone instead of talking to myself. Which lets face it, is always a plus.
I carry my smart phone and my notepad but I find that my voice-recorder is something I can not be without. I really love this little thing and find myself reaching for it each and every time I have a snappy dialogue or vivid scene storming through my mind.
It is the one tool besides my computer that I cannot live without. So what tools do you use when you are on the road? Quite honestly, my voice-recorder has become so important to me I never leave home with out it. Well that, and my American Express card.