5 Tools I Can't Write Without


I always find it interesting to read about what different writers use to write.

I've been writing seriously for over two years now, and I've been able to find 5 tools that are crucial to my writing!

I want to share those with you today!

Let's go!

1. GOOGLE DOCS

This one has to be at the top of the list. Google Doc is SO helpful and convenient and easy to use!

One of my favorite features on Google Docs is the sharing feature. On my writing community, I ask for edits, usually on my nonfiction articles for The Rebelution. People can easily click on the link and make suggestions and comments on the document for me. Things couldn't be easier!

2. BEDSIDE NOTEBOOKS

This is a MUST. Like, a MUST-MUST.

There will be a time when I use this notebook a lot, and then I'll go for weeks without touching it. But when I do use it, it's super handy right by my bed. (And I've gone through several mini notebooks!)

This is a must-have for all writers! Any tiny notebook will do, as well as a pen or pencil. (I use a mechanical pencil.)

3. GOOGLE

Besides getting me to Google Docs and other resources, Google is so helpful for research! You can look for diaries and journals and letters from centuries ago on Google!

You can also go to baby naming websites to find names for your characters, and some sites even help you brainstorm names of made-up cities.

And, of course, Google provides us with medical documents so we know how long it will take a wound heal—or to kill our characters, if that's how your story goes.

4. PINTEREST

This is another tool that I'm finding handy, especially with my current WIP. I have a private board on Pinterest with sections for each of my more important characters, the stable, and two of the horses.

I love getting a visual for my characters, especially. It's super handy to have all of the photos in one space!

5. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

There are times when I want to head over to YouTube (ignoring my feed), click on one of my playlists, and play instrumental music in the background. It really depends on my mood and whether or not I'm concentrating hard on my writing.

Some of my favorite instrumental music includes . . .
  • instrumental worship music played on the piano by Kaleb Brasee
  • Pachelbel's Canon in D (piano)
  • Nocturne by Chopin (piano)
As you can see, I really love piano. I play the piano myself and find it very relaxing to listen to.
talk to me!
Do you use any of these tools? Which is your favorite? Do you enjoy listening to music while you write? What are your favorite snacks to have while you write?

READ MORE:

  • 5 Tools I Can't Blog Without (coming next week!)

8 comments:

  1. Ah, these are great ideas! I am definitely going to try them. When I write, I enjoy listening to instrumental music (Pachelbel's Canon in D is one of my favorite pieces!).

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this, Heaven! Instrumental music is soooo pretty! Sometimes it's too distracting. I like music a lot so... XD

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  2. Heidi Marie BentrupMay 27, 2020 at 6:27 PM

    Google and Google docs is my absolute favorite thing for stories for the exact reason you mentioned. I do have to wonder what google would think of my search history if it would ever decide to look at it... like it's all for research for stories but... ya just never know.

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  3. Yes, these tools are all great! I use Pinterest all the time to create storyboards for my WIPs, and I love listening to instrumental music/movie soundtracks when I write!

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    1. It's really fun to find music that matches the mood you're writing in, whether fiction or nonfiction!

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