News room: 5 essential gadgets to keep you writing this winter

5 essential gadgets to keep you writing this winter by Sarah Juckes

Ahhh, autumn. There’s nothing better than sitting in front of a log fire (or radiator) and steaming through your manuscript whilst wind and rain rages outside. But what about the times when your fire goes out, boiler breaks, or you’re stuck in a freezing office – how can you keep writing through the cold?

We’ve found five gadgets that will keep your fingers nimble and your writing brain on target this autumn and winter – check them out below!

1. USB heated gloves

Oh, the dreaded feeling of writing in a public library with hands so cold, they’re blue. No more! According to the description, these heated gloves do “a great job of defrosting hands.” Plug these snazzy numbers into your computer and warm up your fingers before a type-a-thon. You’ll be the envy of the library staff.

2. Heated mouse

Gloves not your style? Every computer-user knows that your mouse hand is always the first to go when the temperature drops. Keep your right hand cosy with this heated mouse, whilst your left cups our free coffee, and you’ll be whizzing through our cover creator in no time at all.

3. Timely coffee

Coffee – the unofficial drink of writers around the world. Once you’ve downed our free coffee, this coffee maker can produce up to twelve cups on a timer system, meaning that you can keep yourself topped up with a fresh batch every hour, on the hour. What’s not to love?

4. Word wars

We didn’t come across any USB-powered brain-warming devices, but these nifty widgets designed by NaNoWriMo allow you to challenge yourself and friends to word wars, which is basically the same thing. It’s the writing equivalent of racing around a muddy field on a cold day, but all done from the comfort of your own home. See how many words you can write in ten minutes and then try to beat it, or challenge a stranger on Twitter to a word war with the prize of eternal glory to the winner.

5. Snacks delivered to your door

Keep seated and keep writing, as the postman delivers writing-fuel in the form of snacks. Graze is our snack-company of choice, as they occasionally deliver cake and flapjack, as well as healthy brain-feed such as nuts, berries and seeds. Take that, outdoors!

For those of you who’d actually just be happy with a cup of coffee and the occasional trip to the shops, you can sign up to CompletelyNovel before 31st October to claim a free coffee voucher. What’s more, you’ll also be able to create, publish and sell up to two books worldwide, and keep every penny of your book’s royalties. Find out more about our Plus Plan and how you can get involved, here.

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    Ryan Gee


    23 Oct 18:55

    Made me laugh. Especially the gloves.

    Valerie Dickeson


    23 Oct 19:14

    …and I thought reading couldnt get any more fun! Great ideas. :)

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