As a new writer, I am always looking for ways to become a more productive and creative writer.
There are a number of tools out there that can help you to do this whilst you are in the early stages of your author journey.
But just remember that these are just tools to support your growth as a writer. Use the tools to enhance your writing and not to distract you from them.
Here are 4 tools I am currently using that helped me get to the first draft of my book as well as helping me to blog on a regular basis.
1. For Writing – Scrivener
I use Scrivener to write my non-fiction book (1st draft) as well as articles for the blog. I also use it to capture ideas and thoughts for other books and articles.
It helps me to assimilate my ideas and move around chunks of writing without crashing like Word does! It also backs up every 2 minutes. It was designed for writers by writers.
2. For Editing- Grammarly
A friend recently suggested I use Grammarly. And since I installed it, it’s used to check practically everything I write, from my emails to blog posts.
It checks for typos, grammar mistakes and other errors. I use it in addition to the inbuilt spell checkers available on WordPress and within my email . It acts as an extra line of defence before I hit publish.
3. For Reading- Podcasts
Every writer is a voracious reader. For me, there are just too many books and such little time! So I now listen to Podcasts from sites I usually read blog posts from.
I’m also thinking about listening to audio books but have hesitated to do so because I love the physical aspect of reading and holding a book!
4. For Growing Your Email List- MailChimp / LeadPages
If you want to sell more books or grow your blog, you need a list of readers. And this starts off with having a mail sign up facility. I use Mailchimp but I have also heard LeadPages is a good tool to use as well which I may look into.
Remember, the tools should only enhance your writing as the writing should always come first|!
What tools help you in your writing? Please share in the comments below!