Share Your Shelf with YA Author Nancy Richardson Fischer
1. My Dog Boone! He might not seem like a bookish item, but Boone is always curled right beside my desk. He makes my office feel cozy and also forces me to take much needed writing breaks. See that look in his eyes? He’s saying: Let’s play NOW! Getting outside and exercising with Boone is an arrow in my quiver for being super-productive.
2. Coke Zero. When I’m editing a complex chapter something about the bite and bubbles of a soda focuses me. That said, drinking diet pop is a habit I am always trying to break! Sometimes I abstain for years but when I get into editing difficulties, I return to this beverage. I’m not endorsing that you do the same!!!
3. I start every writing day with a cup of coffee. My new favorite blend is Stumptown Hair Bender. The beans are freshly roasted in Portland, Oregon, and this particular blend has notes of cherry, toffee, and fudge. All I know is that after a cup my brain cells are jumping up and down, ready to work, and the words begin to flow.
4. What would I do without my dry erase board??? I use it to scribble notes, favorite lines, reminders, and to plot out chapters when I need to switch mediums and see things in a different way. Usually my board is filled with mad scribbles… that I can’t show you as I’m beginning to conjure ideas for my fourth novel. Okay, one hint! There’s a tour bus involved...
5. Post it Notes!!! I’m not sure I know an author who doesn’t have a stack on their desk and a wall covered in bright squares filled with ideas. My wall only has two yellow squares right now as I begin the process of threading together ideas into a new novel. In a month, it will be covered and I’ll be in the delirious process of creating a new book!
6. My iPhone. Oh Instagram, you came into my life for the first time last year and now I’m addicted because Instagram is where my bookish tribe resides. I have the opportunity to chat with authors I don’t personally know but adore, readers who are incredibly kind and supportive, and it’s a chance to be creative in an entirely different way. I love getting messages from readers and ALWAYS write them back. Writing is a solitary endeavor and Instagram makes me feel less lonely!
7. You will always find an ARC from another author on my desk! It’s an honor and a privilege to read another writer’s work, especially before it’s released into the world. I’ve included one of my favorite recent reads on this list: The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu. Reading another author’s work inspires me, and hopefully helps me become a better writer!
8. My favorite snack is popcorn. It’s easy to eat while I’m writing and doesn’t make too much of a mess of my keyboard! A snack is a MUST bookish item as it allows me to get on a roll and keep going, even when it’s really time for a meal.
9. My Kindle is a bookish item I simply cannot do without. I do buy hardcover and paperback books BUT if I want to read while traveling, I bring my Kindle as I’m a super fast reader and can’t lug that many physical books along! In addition, there are times when I edit my own work on a Kindle. It’s a great way to see words and chapters differently after reading fatigue sets in
10. Highlighter Markers. When I get to the point in writing where I need to follow one thread through hundreds of pages, I pull out a colorful highlighter. It’s a different way to track a character, plot point, or dialogue that helps me to sort through a tough edit. Plus, they make my manuscript look pretty;-)!
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" I start every writing day with a cup of coffee. " - @nanfischerauthor #yaauthor #bookishessentials #coffee
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