6 Must have tools for writers this Fall

I think they call this 'unorganized'?

Fall will be upon us soon and National Novel Writing Month (NanoWrioMo) after that. Now is the best time to get organized before the holidays hit. Here are 6 must have tools to help.

1) Evernote

Ideas hit us when we’re waiting in the long line at the grocery store. Maybe you finally figured out that plot twist or a cool character idea right before bed? Either way you can’t always get to your laptop right away, Evernote to the rescue! You can download Evernote on all your devices and sync the updates all at once. You can create binders and notes and tag them too for better searching.

For example, if you want to see all your notes for your Sci-Fi Opera world building you could tag them, “Opera” and in an instant you can view them without having to click around. They would be accessible from any of your devices.

You can try Evernote Premium with my referral. 

2) Focus at Will

Let’s face it, it’s hard to stay focused with all the ever-increasing technology and entertainment. Music’s great, but sometimes a song can be distracting because it’s too loud, too slow, or too good to stay still too. Nothing breaks a good writing sprint like spontaneous dancing. Focus at Will changes at that.

The music on their site is designed to hit that sweet spot of concentration that gets you focused and keeps you on track. I’ve been using it all summer and have loved it! Right now they are offering a 30-day free trial on their website. 

3) Scivener 

Scrivener is the most recommended writing software ever! There’s a good reason for it. It will revolutionize the way you write. As a self-described pantser, the thought of organizing my novel seemed both daunting and stifling. How do I keep track of how many times my side character is in scenes? How do I keep track of Plot Point A and B? How do I notate that I’m done with this scene? How do I move scenes from one chapter to another without a whole lot of copying and pasting?

Now, Scivener is not for the faint of heart. There is a learning curve, but it’s well worth it. You can have index cards for plotting and there’s a distraction free screen option as well. And in the past, NanoWrioMo winners have received discount codes for Scivener. Go check it out!  

4) Duotrope

Duotrope is a great submission site for primarily poetry and short fiction. It’s an awesome search site to find all kinds of markets for your work. You can also track your submissions too.  Initially this was a free site, but a few years ago, they turned into a small fee site because of the amount of work it takes to keep the site running. They do have trial period you can use to see if the site will fit your needs. Plus, they send out a regular newsletter to let you know of new additions to the site.   

5) Ginger

Spell checking software usually falls flat whether because it often doesn’t look at a sentence, it looks at it word by word. Ginger is different, it looks at the context and makes suggestions based on that. Their free version is great and of course their paid version is even better. Give it a try. 

6) Wiki’s

Keeping up with fantasy worlds is a tough job, especially when dealing with multiple characters and lineages. If Scrivener isn’t for you, then creating wiki’s for your novel might be just what you’re looking for. Now these are a little on the technical side but they could really help keep track of your world building and characters. Zim and TiddlyWiki. 

Honorable Mention:

Dark Room – Distraction free writing

Website recommendation: 

Anne R. Allen’s blog posts with a massive list of writing organizational tools. 

Share with us your favorite tools and tips in the comments below.

 

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4 thoughts on “6 Must have tools for writers this Fall

  1. Awesome list! My suggestion – An iron will and YouTube. Yeah, most people look at this as a distraction, but I’ve looked up everything from training videos on electron microscopes, the sounds of a swamp, a temple full of chants and mantras, to how to create thread using ancient drop spindle methods – Sure, face to face experience with what you are going to write about is best but barring a free plane ticket, video is the next best thing.

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