Over the past two weeks, I’ve been going over a simple plan to expedite the writing process. You can find the previous posts here:
As with the previous step, the following will be different depending on the path you choose.
Step 4- Your Writing Tool Box
There are so many options beyond pen and paper, how do you know which ones will work for you?
One important thing to keep in mind is having the right tool for the right task.
Here are a few worth considering in addition to the stack of legal-sized pads and boxes of pens.
Scrivener – my word processing tool of choice. Microsoft Office Suite with Word is great, but it’s not as flexible as Scrivener. Scrivener was designed for a writer.
Evernote is awesome for collecting research. You can find the information on that at Evernote.com.
Grammarly – a free application with option for an upgrade is a helpful tool, but I wouldn’t count on it as your only editor.
There is also one called Hemingway – I haven’t looked into that yet, but it’s on my todo list.
Another tool that is invaluable for me is Dragon Naturally Speaking. My creative mind wakes up around mid-afternoon and into the evening. This is when I am at my best and I often sit and hand write my scenes. I use Dragon to dictate what I’ve written into a word processing software the next day. This also allows the first read it aloud. It’s amazing what sounds good in your head, but when spoken out loud is horrendous.
Fair warning though, Dragon has a mind of its own and has trouble with accents. You have to train your dragon. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what I’ve said that causes dragon to come up with some of the words that it does. Overall though, the few minor glitches are well worth the time saving of this tool.
Resource Library – a few necessary books to have on hand are essential.
Elements of Style – Strunk
On Writing by William Zinsser
Those will get you started.
If your option is to hire a ghostwriter, your toolbox is going to look different. Whatever method you will choose to write your outline, communicate to your ghostwriter will work but keep in mind that most often they will work in Microsoft Word.
Of course, there are a multitude of other tools, office supplies, post-it notes, highlighters, all those things we love to go to the Office Supply Store for.
These are the essentials to get you started. I have an online friend that used watt pad for her entire book. Not for me, but it worked for her. Who am I to criticize, right?
What’s next? Tune in next week to find out.