by Victoria M. Johnson
First let me say that I personally am not a pack rat. I do have an affinity for certain things, such as office supplies... and books... and pens... and um, gadgets... but I'm more like an aficionado than a hoarder. Really. I don't seek these things out when I'm shopping; somehow they seem to find me. Friends and family add to the dilemma by finding items they know I'll like and before you can say office supplies I have two dozen purple pens, oodles of heart-shaped post-it note tablets, and more lovely journals than I can possibly fill if I lived to be a hundred years old.
When I open a drawer of my credenza--to innocently grab a paper clip--I'm shocked at the number of notepads, whiteout correction tapes, and stacks of neon colored 3 x 5 cards that are inside. It's as if they multiplied overnight. Envelopes, postage stamps, and mailing labels fight for drawer space. Where did all those highlighters come from? But the excitement doesn't stop there. I also have gadgets like extra flash drives, cables, hard drives, and other technical necessities. Let's not talk about my iPad, scanner, and four-in-one printer. Notice how I haven't brought up books yet?
I'm perfectly happy in my office. Though it's starting to get crowded. And I'm curious if other writers find themselves in this situation. How many pens and how much paper do we need to be a writer? None of us ever want to risk not having something to jot down those brilliant ideas that come to us, right? A friend once asked me if I ever get writers block. "Only if I don't have a purple pen," I replied. I'm not obsessed. Purple makes me more creative. Purple turns me on.
Which leads to the big question: how many reference books do we need? I can say I have all that I need. Until I see another book that has new insights and inspiration. Then I will want that one too. Surely I'm not the only writer who behaves this way? Take my quiz below and let me know how much you have in common with me.
1. Do you have more than two drawers of office supplies?
2. Do you have five or more sizes of post-it notes?
3. Do you own more than three thesauruses?
4. Are you happy you can write off office supplies on your taxes?
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Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries. Visit her website at http://VictoriaMJohnson.com and find Victoria's Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.