The basics?  Paper and a pen.  In a pinch, that’s all I need.

I do love my netbook, though.  I only have a few programs installed on it and I didn’t add extra memory, so web pages load slowly (to help me avoid temptation).  It’s really just a miniature word processor.  It fits in my purse and I can easily carry it around with me.  Sometimes I take it to a cafe when the distractions of house and garden prove too much for me.

Other resources:

San Diego Writers, Ink – an amazing resource for classes, workshops, salons and other literary activities.

She Writes – a virtual writers organization with smaller groups for writers of every genre and subject.

A writing circle – a small group that meets twice a month to write together.  We choose not to critique each other, but we share our work, ask for and receive advice and we offer support.

Trusted readers –  friends who know books and who are willing to read my manuscript, then offer opinions about what works and what doesn’t.  They are honest, but gentle and they help me see my manuscript through a reader’s eyes.

Books – what writer can resist a book on writing or creativity?  A few of my favorites are:

 Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

Everyday Writing by Midge Raymond

A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp