MY 10-FAVORITE TOOLS FOR WRITING (5/10/2017)

One of my readers recently asked me what my favorite tools for writing are, so I thought I would put it into a Top-10 list and share it with you on this blog. Without further ado they are as follows:

1) Scrivener

This is a no-brainer. Scrivener is the best writing software out there (if there is one better, I haven’t seen it). Since I started using the program a few years back, my writing organization (and productivity) has improved exponentially. At this point, I basically use it for all steps of my writing (Pre-Production, Writing-Production, Editing, and Post-Production/Publishing).

2) Google Drive / Docs / Sheets

I love Google products! I use Google drive for my cloud storage. I use their docs and sheets for many day-to-day tasks. I love having the ability to pull the information basically anywhere I am. I don’t remember what it was like having to back everything up on a CD.

Oh, wait… yes, I do. It was cumbersome and took too much of my time.

3) Scrapple

This program is pretty cool. When I need to brainstorm and just grasp the nuances of a story, I turn to this program. Made from Literature and Latte (the same company that made Scrivener), I think this tool is a must-have for all writers (and even people that don’t write). To have the ability to mind-map stories, workflows, processes, etc. with ease is an amazing tool to have.

4) Grammarly / Hemingway Editor

These programs don’t quite replace an editor, but they do help to clean my writing up. I almost always run my blog posts and stories through these programs to catch blaring mistakes. They are essential to me.

5) Toggle / http://timer.onlineclock.net/

If you ever wanted to keep track of how much time you spend on a project, Toggle is the tool for you. I use the tool to keep track of how long it takes me to produce a story. I then use the time spent on a project to work on efficiencies. Most importantly, I can then put a dollar amount to my time spent on the project. This is an essential tool that I look at whenever I create a product, business plan, or budget.

I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro timers (you know… work for 25-minutes and then take a 5-minute break). This tool is perfect for that.

6) Pacemaker Planner

I think this is one of the cooler tools to keep you on track right now. You can build your production schedule into the system, schedule each publishing date, and then use it to help you stay on track. I especially like the ability to record my words-per-day count and see how it compares with my goals. Check this program out. I think you will like it a lot.

7) Coffitivity / Brain.fm

Both incredibly useful tools to help keep you focused. To me, some sort of white noise is essential to focusing (my mind has a tendency to stray from time-to-time). These websites help me stay on track.

8) Varidesk Standing Desk

A standing desk should be mandatory for all writers. Sitting all day takes a toll on the body. This product is reasonable, works well, and gets your rear out of the seat.

9) Old Fashion Corkboard / Notecards / Pens / Sticky Notes

I use Scrivener’s corkboard religiously. However, it is sometimes nice to just post story’s scenes (or goals, plans, to-do-lists, etc.) on an actual corkboard. The act of seeing the story (in its entirety) come to life in front of you can be helpful.

10) Fitbit

My Fitbit is a life-saver. Not only do I try to abide by the 10,000-daily step goal, I try to get up every 50-minutes to walk the 250-steps that it reminds me to do. This is another useful tool to help you make sure you take care of your health.

Hope you enjoyed my top-10 list. What are your favorite tools for writing?