Not everything fits into your duffel or laptop bag, but the items listed below should be able to get you out or through most writing scrapes.
1) Your idea notebook with 2 pens – Mine’s a thick, small lined notepad I picked up from Half Price Books. Carry this with you to jot down any plot idea or scene snippet immediately. Two pens are for if the first one fails.
2) Laptop, tablet or other small computer that can go almost anywhere – For me the netbook is the obvious choice, though my next one might be a Surface. Small in size and light weight is best for carrying to more places, though notepads work just as well if you’re not a tech person. Since publishing will eventually involve typing I start there.
3) An electronic copy of most of what you’ve ever written – Leave out anything particularly painful…
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