Tools

My personal recommendation of software, books, and other tools I find useful and want to share with other writers.

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Software

  • Storyist ($59) – Do you have a story to tell? Unlike conventional word processors, Storyist helps you track your plot characters, and settings, and keeps all of your writing organized and accessible—so you can focus on telling your story. /
  • Scrivener ($45) – Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. / /
  • Ulysses ($45) – Ulysses is a powerful tool made for writers – whether you’re an author, a journalist, or a student. /
  • Novlr ($10/month; $100/year) – Web-based software for writers. Take your words anywhere, on any device; Windows, Mac, iOS, Android…anything with a web browser. / / / /
  • Evernote (free, Plus, and Premium versions available) – From inspiration to achievement, Evernote is where your work takes shape. Write, collect, discuss, and present, all from one workspace. / / /

Books

  • Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide – Written by working novelist and experienced computer book author Jennifer Kettell, this guide doesn’t just present features and menus: it presents Scrivener in the context of your creative workflow, so you can make the most of this amazing software. Kettell draws on years of Scrivener experience and private tutoring to help you use Scrivener in both fiction and non-fiction projects, including screenwriting and academic writing.
  • Scrivener For Dummies – Whether you’re a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software’s best features. This friendly For Dummies guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software.
  • Beyond Scrivener: Get Organized, Write Better, and Finish Your Manuscript – Learn Scrivener, the best software for writers and authors, using this simple step-by-step guide. No matter where you are in the writing process, Scrivener and this book will help you get organized and finish your manuscript.
  • Take Control of Scrivener 2 – Embark on a creative voyage to write a masterpiece with Literature & Latte’s powerful content-generation tool Scrivener 2. Whether you’re working on a novel, screenplay, dissertation, or other long document, you’ll learn how to collect and organize notes, arrange and rearrange sections, and produce a submission-ready manuscript.

Website Creation

If you’re in need of a website or where to start, I put together a small list for you to check out. I do offer my own services, for a fee of course, but this should be something to help you get started.

Blogging Software

  • WordPress – WordPress is an open source platform that makes it easy to build a website. With a simple interface, countless free plugins and themes, and a vibrant community, it’s no wonder 20% of all websites in existence rely on it.
  • Blogger – Blogger is Google’s free tool for quickly creating blogs, as well as complete websites.

Web Hosting

  • Media Temple – Since Media Temple began in 1998, we’ve been on a mission to help web developers, designers, digital entrepreneurs, and innovators bring their ideas to life online.
  • Bluehost – Bluehost was founded in 2003 with one goal: to make a better hosting company. Built on open source technology, we’ve since grown to become one of the world’s largest providers of cloud-based online solutions.

This page will be updated on a regular basis. Check back later for more recommendations.