We almost are complete with our writing space, but we do need to talk about basic office writing supplies.
We're going to need the following:
- Several reams of good-quality, 20-lb. white bond paper
- A box of 9x12 mailing envelopes
- A box of #10 (business size) envelopes
- Extra computer disks (both for back-up and for submissions)
- Postage in various denominations. (As you can invest in an inexpensive postage scale that can program current postal rates up to one pound, and buy postage that corresponds to those rates.)
- A supply of pens, pencils, felt pens/markers, in a variety of colors.
- Paper clips,(large and small ones) I also recommend butterfly clips for large manuscripts.
- Erasers, small ones for pencils and a large gum one.
- Rubber bands, multiple sizes and I recommend wider width bands.
- Rulers,I recommend both a 6 inch and a 12 inch ruler.
- Post-it notes, lots and lots of notes. I mainly have small and medium size to write myself notes on my manuscripts.
- File folders, also hanging folders if your file cabinet uses them. BTW I am very much into recycling so there is nothing wrong with scavenging used file folders for your office. I encourage it.
- Labels, you can reuse folders by using adhesive labels to rename the file. You can also have a different color label assigned to the different genre or projects you are working on, whatever makes sense to you. Address labels with your return address are helpful if you like them. I still usually hand address mine. You can also reuse the large mailing envelopes by covering the old address label with a new adhesive one. I normally recycle my envelopes like this when I am sending info to a writing buddy or family.
- Note-pads or spiral notebooks, both large and small. Large note-pads are great for jotting down interviews or research notes; small ones are good to keep by your computer (and everywhere else) to jot down ideas, reminders, etc.
These basics should get us ready to write. I am off to our office supply store to restock.