My Writer’s Toolbox (Part 1)
Today, we’re focusing on the tools I employ in my writing process for the different stages of drafting/editing my projects. Writing is a very simple thing to do on paper, but with these tools, writers can find their information more organized, better presented, and easier to manage!
For a while now, I’ve wanted to lift the curtain of every tool I use in my authorly life, but let’s start with the most basic category: writing/editing! Throughout the next few posts, I’ll talk about what apps/programs I use for my social media platform, my website tools, and so much more!
How I Brainstorm
This program isn’t one I use super often, but when I have a plot bunny, I use Scapple to exercise the idea into a story idea. You can use this program to flesh out the basic structure of where your story needs to go. Literature & Latte describes this program as:
“It’s a virtual sheet of paper that lets you make notes anywhere and connect them using lines or arrows.”
Visit website: Scapple
How I Write/Draft
Scrivener is the lifeblood of my personal writing process! While it has quite the rough learning curve, I’ve figured out all I need to know in the program, which works in ways Word and Google Docs can never achieve! Between the window/program customization, the utility of the labels, word count trackers, and the ease of organization for scenes/chapters, there is nothing I’ve used that compares to this program!
“Scrivener is the go-to app for writers of all kinds, used every day by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, students, academics, lawyers, journalists, translators and more. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.”
Visit website: Scrivener
How I Self-Edit/Proofread
If I need to edit/proofread anything, I turn to this program! They have a wonderful Chrome browser extension that helps me keep my grammar in check for emails, blog posts, etc. A while back, I bought the lifetime subscription, which I highly recommend if you want to minimize costs a little in the proofreading/editing phase of the writing process.
Editors charge more for manuscripts in poor shape, so running you manuscript through a program like this can help you save money with each book you send off to your spiffy editor(s). Not only that, but it’s a great way to spoil anyone who reads your manuscript before you hit publish! No one wants to read a badly edited manuscript! It takes readers away from the content, so using this also helps in this department, too!
“The most successful people in the world have coaches. Whatever your level of writing, ProWritingAid will help you achieve new heights. Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas.”
Visit website: ProWriting Aid
That’s all for today, y’all!
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to hang out with me! I hope this post shared some insight into something new for you! If it didn’t, share what your favorite thing is about one thing I shared in the comments below! I look forward to chatting with you below!