Writing is a huge part of who I am, and it has been for the majority of my life. So of course I have lots of opinions when it comes to writing tools! Today I’m sharing what I use for writing books, and since it has been a while since I first sat down to start Aureole back in November, 2008, I’m pretty certain in how I feel about these things. Plus, scroll down to enter to win an ABD mug!
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Writing Software: Obviously there’s always the great Microsoft Word, but there are also some programs specifically for writers. I’m writing TLM on Word, but I wrote Aureole on yWriter. That’s just for Microsoft computers, I believe, but Scrivener is recommended on Mac. Full disclosure – I haven’t used Scrivener before, although I hear good things.
MyWriteClub: I found this because of Briana, and it’s a great way to keep track of your writing progress. And it’s also great for sharing your progress with other people! Screenshot and post on social media and everyone can see how great you are.
Journals: I use two, a simple one for writing, and a pretty one for a writer’s notebook. As for the first, I don’t always write by hand, but sometimes that’s easier for some reason. The words just flow better when I’m stuck or having trouble getting started. I actually wrote most of Aureole by hand. The other journal I use is one I carry around with me. I use it to keep track of little things I think about throughout the day, as well as notes on themes, things I want to change while editing, what I need to research, any bits of writing I do when out and about, etc. You can learn more about writer’s notebooks here and here. Some journals that look perfect for a writer’s notebook are here, here, here, this, this, and this.
Pens: These go along with the journals. If you’re like me, pens are just as important as what you’re writing in, if not more so. These pens help me keep my handwriting legible and pretty colors make everything better. I use Sharpie pens and Staedtler pens.
Coffee Mugs: These are more important because they hold the coffee, and if you take away the coffee, I stop doing the standing, and the walking, and the words-putting-into-sentences doing. (10 points if you know what quote that’s from). Who doesn’t love Anthropologie mugs? I really love their icon mugs and crowned leaf mugs. And speaking of mugs …
Enter to win an ABD mug!
We’re giving away an ABD mug! The winner gets to choose the mug they want, and they are not limited to one pictured here. The giveaway runs from 2/22/16 12:01 AM – 2/28/16 11:59 PM. You must be in the USA and over 18 to enter. The winner will be notified within 48 hours, after which they have an additional 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Entries will be checked, and any cheaters will be disqualified.