More often than you might think, freelance writers stare in aggravation at an empty space where something they need–and thought they had–used to be. Whether it’s printer paper, a legal pad, batteries for a mouse, or even a memory stick, things run out just when you need them. As a writer, these items are an important part of your work. Some authors prefer using legal pads for rough drafts, while those who live and breathe by a laptop might loathe the trackpad and always use a mouse. When these things aren’t readily accessible, it can throw off a writer’s game.