Being attentive to the writing tools you use in your creative writing practice is as important as the time and energy you spend in crafting your work. The right writing tools absolutely make a difference and are essential for making every writing session more pleasurable. If you have carefully considered the type and quality of the keyboards, pencils, or pens you are working with, and find them pleasing and in no way a distraction to your work flow, the words are sure to come.
For some of us, this means adjusting our keyboards to a particular pace of keystroke sensitivity. It may mean adjusting the brightness on the display or adjusting the tilt of our screens. When I work on my laptop, I prefer a dim screen. Other writers I know feel the opposite and opt for the highest intensity possible. Even if your writing tool of choice is a classic typewriter, there too, the level of the keyboard’s resistance becomes a factor.
Writers who work in pencil talk of requiring that sharpened #2 tips always be at the ready. Pencil aficionados speak of the joys of having a supply of matte-black pencils at home and on the road. Knowing what types of pencils are even available is a huge undertaking. In this case, research is your friend. The article, "My five Best Pencils..." review from Gentleman Stationer offers detailed reviews of writing pencils and is a worthwhile read on other writing supplies.
River Heron Review’s recent online survey showed that the majority of those who responded (45%), preferred to use pen and paper over a keyboard when developing an early draft of a poem. For those of us who prefer to write in pen, considerations range from the size of the points we use, to how smoothly the ink flows onto the page. Many writers only write in certain colors of ink. I went through a phase where I wrote with green thin pointed markers for a time. At present, my preference has shifted to medium point pens with quick flowing navy blue ink.
Preferences change, and you have to go with them when they do. Have you noticed changes in your own preferences for writing tools? Don't settle for anything less than using tools that are in sync with you and your writing. At no time should the pens, pencils, or keyboards you use be a distraction from the act of writing itself.
If you are not already doing so, commit to being aware of your writing tool preferences. You will be a better writer for it.