I need a quiet place and a computer. This is the time when I throw words into the computer beginning with a rough outline of the story. A goal is to Write at least a 1000 words or more a day. When I get to about 20,000 words for a novel, then I begin rewriting, revising and adding new. When I finish the first rough draft will have aprox 100,000 words. An internet connection is a requirement, not to write but to do research. Google earth helps with georgraphy, distance, and climate. Visting countries web site is useful to learn about the people and culture. There is no substitute for visiting, working and living in countries out of the US. It's been my privelige to to have traveled the world and lived with peope in the Far East, South America, and Europe.