When it comes to “shall” and “will,” Strunk and White gives the following example: “A swimmer in distress cries, ‘I shall drown; no one will save me!’ ” But a suicide says, “I will drown; no one shall save me!” And I say, “You two (pedantic) know-it-alls deserve to drown.” I mean, what about “Help!”
On writing: First figure out your story, then tell it. Anything else is masturbatory. writing, advice » about 100 words
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.