I’ve been at this writing gig for many years, and full time for four years now (!!). I figured I’d summarize some of my must-haves here since many of you have asked. These are things I use almost daily when I’m writing, and I heartily recommend them all.
Keyboard – The Kinesis Freestyle 2 is my current favorite. The board is split in half and has various attachments you can use to make it more ergonomic.
Standing Desk Converter – If you don’t have a standing desk, VariDesk Pros are a great way to split the difference. Less expensive than a dedicated standing desk, but still an investment. Easily switches from standing to sitting.
Standing Desk Mat – This Topo Comfort Mat saves my feet if I’m standing for a long period of time. I prefer it over the flat mats as you can change the pressure points on your feet.
Fountain Pens – I have two everyday pens that I love. They’re easy to maintain and refill. One is the Pilot Vanishing Point, and the other is the Lamy Al-Star.
Notebooks – I love broad nibs, and thin notebook paper bleeds a bit too much for my preference. I’ve found the LEUCHTTURM1917 – Medium A5 Ruled Hardcover Notebook to be the best option to combat this. The paper is glass smooth and makes for such a satisfying writing experience. When I’m not using a LEUCHTTURM1917, I’m often using souvenir notebooks from Universal Studios with a medium nib or finer.
Andrea Anti-Noise Microphone – A less expensive option that doesn’t sacrifice too bad on quality. I usually use the NC-181VM but I don’t think they make it anymore. I’ve also used the NC-185 and it was almost as good.
Flexymike Single Ear Microphone – This Flexymike is my mic of choice. It gives me the best recognition rate in Dragon that I’ve ever had, and bonus, you can get a bundle that includes the next item on the list.
SpeechMatic USB Multiadapter – Regardless of the mic I’m using, I run it through one of these SpeechMatic adapters. It’s much like a preamp, and really ups the quality of your vocal tracks for transcription.
Transcription Software – Dragon Professional Individual is my favorite. I’ve trained it to recognize magic systems and all kinds of made up words. Can’t recommend it enough! It’s one of the pricier options out there, but the accuracy is best for me. If you have a heavy accent Dragon can be problematic, so be sure to test it out before investing.
Blue Light Glasses – You can add this coating for your lenses when you order from Zenni, or snag a non-prescription pair from Amazon. They help me avoid headaches with long days at the screen.
Tervis Water Bottle – My go to water bottle! You can buy replacement lids when they wear out too.