Five Tools Writers Can’t Live Without

10 Jun No Comments
Great tools for writers seem to be few and far between these days. Thankfully, a bevy of applications have touched down for the enterprising writer. Here’s a few of my favorites. Scrivener for Windows Easily the best of the best when it comes down to user end tools for creating drafts. Scrivener allows you to create outlines, synopses, and various other implements with the utmost ease. I’m currently using this for my NaNoWriMo draft and it works splendidly for the initial planning of the piece. Evernote Cross platform and available for just about everything, Evernote’s the perfect tool if you have ideas while on the go. Evernote’s a free service provided by a corporation of the same name and allows writers to keep track of their thoughts on the road and then come back and take a look when they’re in the safety of their own home. Google Docs If you’ve got a traditional 9 to 5 in an office, Google Docs gets around the pesky requirement of needing a word processor with you at all times. If you’ve got a chapter or short story draft just itching to get out, Google Docs allows you to save your progress and export when at home with your workstation. Liquid Story Binder My tool of choice prior to adopting Scrivener, Liquid Story Binder is a full featured platform for writers of all persuasions to create drafts and compile their ideas in a single workframe. Kudos to Black Obselisk Software for creating a tool that is hugely productive, the interface is a little odd to use though and lacks the user friendly nature of Scrivener. Windows Live Writer Elegant, tasteful, and ultimately user friendly, Windows Live Writer allows bloggers to effortlessly update their sites with minimal effort and with professional results. I’ve been using this for running my personal blog and have been amazed given how clunky some of Microsoft’s software suites can appear to be from time to time. Some essentials that aren’t on a computer or online Any writer worth his salt needs a notebook, some good tunes, and a great pen. I can’t make any personal recommendations because I’m rather stingy when it comes down to procuring these elements. Being able to capture your thoughts on the move is a great way of capturing those little moments of inspiration when they come to you.