There are endless writing tools and apps out there. You could spend all of your time trying to find the best tools possible and never write a single word. Spend some time to find the tools that unlock your creativity and make writing fun. Here are the tools I use and how I use them:
- 8.5″ x 11″ Yellow Pad. This is how I capture my notes and ideas during business meetings, interviews, and work.
- Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine Rolling Ball Pen. I love this pen. The right amount of line thickness and weight.
- Strathmore 9″ x 12″ Sketchbook. The 60 lb. paper is a staple for my journals and daily collection of ideas and quotes from reading.
- iA Writer. This app, combined with Markdown, a shorthand for quickly providing style and hierarchy to your documents, is where I do most of my work. I can also organize files and folders based upon my different projects. The program is light-weight and fast.
- Microsoft Word. If iA Writer is light-weight and fast, Word feels heavy and formal to me. If I need to quickly add formatting or send a formal document to a client for revisions or feedback, I’ll often use Word.
- Google Docs. Google Docs is essentially an online version of Microsoft Word with one massive difference: you can collaborate in real-time with other writers.
- Grammarly. A tool that not only checks spelling and grammar, but ensures you’re writing in a style that is clear and direct.
- Adobe InDesign. The software I use to design and publish my ebooks.
- WordPress. The blogging platform I have used since 2008. I use the Classic Editor as opposed to the Block Editor.
- ConvertKit. An online platform for building a mailing list and sending email newsletters.
- Scrivener. I’m exploring Scrivener for long-form writing projects. It not only allows you to organize your work, but also stores your research in the same file.
- Mighty Networks. The platform I am using to develop an online community for delivering courses and coaching.
- Vellum. A recommended tool by Tom Morin to produce beautiful ebooks.