Are you a gear-head?

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I used to be a photographer, back in the days of film and paper and chemicals and darkrooms. I loved everything about taking, processing and printing images, but I couldn’t get excited about high-end cameras, light-meters and so on. I preferred keeping the instruments basic and using my eye and the darkroom to do the work. Once everything went digital and the gear – including Photoshop – became even more important, I lost interest. Same with music – I’ve always owned pretty crappy instruments, and when I record stuff it’s at the lowest end of lo-fi (and also appallingly executed).

These days I’m a writer, and lately I’ve realised I’m always, at some level, searching for a piece of magic gear that will fix my problems. Usually it’s notebooks or pens. If I just had the perfect fine-point pen and some kind of ironically retro notebook, I know I could write a killer piece of literary fiction. This week I got a typewriter, because that’s going to make all the difference. And today I was wondering if I should start using Scrivener…

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I’m pretty sure WG Sebald used one of these…

How about you? Are you waiting til you find the perfect implement before you start your next story?

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2 thoughts on “Are you a gear-head?

  1. Scrivener is THE BOMB! I have a beautiful retro typewriter but I consider it more of an art object than a writing tool.

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