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Bug-Out Bags for Writers

As we all know from watching shows like Doomsday Preppers, you’ve got to be ready to get out of dodge fast if things hit the fan. So what should a writer have in their bug-out bag? Whether you’re escaping the zombie apocalypse or just fleeing to a cabin for a weekend to finish your work on deadline, here’s everything a writer needs (arranged by genre). Good luck.

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Literary/Mainstream Fiction Scribes

Notebook, pen, ramen, bottle of wine

Notebook, pen, ramen, bottle of wine

 

Journalists

Notebook, pen, ramen, two bottles of wine

Notebook, pen, ramen, two bottles of wine


Mystery/Crime Novelists

Notebook, pen, ramen, red herrings


Romance Novelists

Romance

Notebook, pen, ramen, chocolate syrup

 

Thriller Writers

Notebook, pen, ramen, framed photo of Lee Child

Notebook, pen, ramen, framed photo of the awesome Lee Child for inspiration

 

Horror Writers

Horror

Notebook, pen, ramen, Michael Myers knife

 

Sci-Fi Writers

Notebook, pen, ramen, lightsaber

Notebook, pen, ramen, lightsaber

 

YA Writers

Notebook, pen, ramen, cell phone with keypad

Notebook, pen, ramen, cell phone with keypad

 

Poets

Notebook, pen, ramen, bindle stick

Notebook, pen, ramen, bindle stick

 

Erotica Scribes

Notebook, pen, ramen, --

Notebook, pen, ramen, –

 

Bloggers

Nothing -- hey, no power means no blogging.

Nothing — unless your post-apocalyptic bunker has wi-fi.

 

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10 thoughts on “Bug-Out Bags for Writers

  1. pmettert

    I think all of these, except perhaps YA, should include some kind of booze. And tea for the mornings. I mean the hard-boiled writers should have whiskey. And I would want bellinis and other nice mixed drinks. And lots more snacks. And almost ANYTHING but Ramen. I’d starve to death. And there’d be some kind of story.

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