Monday, August 07, 2017

Perfect Tools for Writer's to Use Everyday

The Right Tools for the Write Job

If you're starting a blog, or website and want to be successful, you need to be able to publish blog posts consistently each week.  In other words you need to be able to write.

It doesn't matter how long you've been doing it or whether your new to writing, it never gets any easier.  Writing is a skill that anyone can learn and try out, you need it in so many jobs these days and your daily life.

So how do you become a successful writer and produce blog posts people want to read?  You need the right tools for the right job.

As a writer, you may have a passion for fiction, or if you're like me you just enjoy writing about writing.  Either way you need various tools for the job.

I want to show you some of the most simplest tools to help you on your writing journey.


With the rise in eBooks starting digitally makes a lot of sense and will save you time.

Here are 4 options for word processing:

Created for Apple PC's and devices.  Allowing you to create beautiful documents in real time

A free to download open office suite, compatible with other office suites.


After you've created your content "Grammarly" is a great tool to show you any typos, punctuation errors, weak construction or difficult sentences.

Microsoft Word

Word is great for writing both eBooks and articles.  I use it for typing out eBooks.  A rough draft to begin with then going through the details over and over again with a fine tooth comb until I'm satisfied with the finished article.  You can add hyperlinks and a contents page with ease.

Research Tools


Apart from reading books and magazines Google is one of the best research tools around.

Finding a credible expert and a primary source is half the fun of researching any eBook or article. Try looking for well know experts and media outlets.

Spell Checkers

Eyes are the Best 

Even though I use a spell checker on Word or Blogger, I always go over everything with my own eyes.

Here are some of the things a spell checker will miss:
  1. Spell check doesn't always offer useful spelling suggestions for badly misspelled words.
  2. Spell check may point out errors which are actually correct.
  3. Spell check won't detect the improper use of homonyms, such as their and there.
Writing Tools

Notebook and Pen

You may think its a bit overused and boring, but not to a writer.  With a notebook and pen you can write anything your imagination allows.  "The pen is mightier than the sword"! I always try and carry both of these writing tools around with me in my bag.  If you want something more old school then you can go no further than a fountain pen for real penmanship.

It doesn't matter  how many notebooks you fill up, you have a permanent record of all of your thoughts and ideas over time.  Even if your ideas really sucks.

Read Novels

If you want to write fictional stories you need to read and read a lot of books.  Read any stories long or short you can get your hands on.  Don't take notes, just read and read.

Use your spare time looking around second hand book stores, charity shops and libraries.  Remember you don't need to spend anything when you borrow a book from your local library.

Study the Art of Writing from the Best

So you've read the fiction you want to write about, you're keeping a journal and notes.

Now study from the best writer's on the subject by reading some non-fiction book's.

On Writing - Stephen King

Immensely helpful to any writer this is part memoir, part master class in fictional writing by the master himself.

On Writing Well - William K Zinsser

Praised for its sound advice, clarity and warmth, this book is for all those writers who want to learn how to write.  Or who write just to get through the day.

On Writing - Charles Bukowski

Sharp and moving reflections on the artistry and craft of writing, from an iconoclastic, riveting and celebrated masters.

It can take a whole lifetime to master the English language so you need to start now if you want to write fiction.

The guides below plus a really good dictionary and thesaurus are also a must have in your toolkit:

Useful Writing Guides
The best advice I can give you is find a software program your comfortable with and stick with it.

So go on pick up your pen and notebook or switch on your desktop.  Write that novel!

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