The Best Tools of This Trade

Writing isn’t terribly easy, is it? When I finally made my decision about pursuing a career in the world of writing, I invested some time into researching what exactly I’d need to become the best writer I could be.

Over the past seven years since I began to take this seriously, I have stumbled across a few very helpful tools.

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The first on this list should come as no surprise. It’s a dictionary. Except, not necessarily in the traditional sense. I use The Flip Dicitionary which is when you have a vague idea of the word you’re looking for but not actually sure what word you need. It’s a wonderful resource that has a section for herbs and all other assortment of creative things.

Second on this glorious list, is Grammarly. Now, this is a tool I don’t use all the time anymore. I used it a lot as I initially began writing novels. It isn’t a perfect tool, but it does help out a lot especially for beginner authors who are just getting a handle on the general flow of the prose. There is both a free and not free service.

Third is a paid service called Scrivener. This is a wonderful, wonderful tool for structuring a book. It is all in one place. You can write in it, edit, and plan out characters and settings. It keeps everything you write nice and tidy which is a major help as you write thousands upon thousands of words.

Now, I enjoy crafting my novels on a Royal No. 10 typewriter from 1929. This is my number four on the list but number one in my heart. The way I’ll phrase this though is by saying that really, it’s a pen, typewriter or anything other than a keyboard. The reason for this is that using a different devices slows you down. By slowing down, you can create things more deliberately and, in my personal experience, the writing gets better.

The last one on this list is another software and pretty basic, honestly. Microsoft Word. There’s no way that I can exclude this from my list as Microsoft Word is a wonderful platform, if not the best, for me to write on. It’s no fuss and has a lot of functions that can help with editing and drafting.

An honorable mention here is a “thesaurus” but it’s really just another reference tool similar to the Flip Dictionary. I’m talking about the Emotion Thesaurus. It’s only an honorable mention because I’ve only recently bought it to check it out! If you are interested in a review of it, leave a comment and let me know.

All in all, these tools have helped me become a better writer and I use all of them on a regular basis. It’s important that you find a way to write that suits you as a person and as a writer. In general, I tend to rush things and so, in my writing, I look for tools that will slow me down and bring attention to my errors.

What tools do you use? Leave your answer in the comments!

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