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Writing Tools I Use

Writing Tools I Use

When I saw the title of this week’s contribution, I had to stop and think. What writing tools do I use? Well, I guess it’s the ones that make my writing life productive and comfortable.

Here they are:

  • My first and most important writing tool is the Holy Spirit. He gives me wisdom and increases my knowledge. He leads me to resources to use, books to read and courses to complete to improve my writing skills. Without Him, I wouldn’t have a talent for writing.

  • The other writing tool is my mind. I use it to come up with ideas for articles, poems or stories. It’s my most valuable tool. Without it, I wouldn’t have a clue about what to write. I thank God for blessing me with my mind, the generator of divine ideas.
  • f.LuxΒ is a fantastic tool I use to get rid of the computer glare when I’m writing. It adjusts to natural light. It’s bright in the day and turns into a warm relaxing colour at nights. It makes it easy on the eyes, especially if you use your computer well into the night, like me.
  • Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is lovely to type on. It’s got a soft palm rest. It cushions and supports your wrist when typing. It’s also detachable. What I really like about this keyboard is the split space-bar. Half of it can be used for backspace and the other half is the space-bar. It’s convenient because I don’t have to take my fingers off the keys if I need to backspace. I just hit the backspace with my right thumb. It took a little getting used to. But it’s great to use.
  • I love making notes on my iPhone. It’s really convenient, especially when I’m in bed and get an idea for an article. Or if I’m out and see something interesting that I could use for a story idea. I also use it to write the answers from prayers or when God speaks to me. It’s fantastic. But I remember when I dropped it down the toilet. I thought I’d lost my phone forever. Luckily, I managed to revive it. You can read about my nightmare in this post.Β 
  • Sometimes I use a notepad to plan my writing tasks for the day. I list them and tick off as I complete each one. I also use it to write random ideas that come to me when I’m washing up or doing housework. It’s easier than using my iPhone during those times.
  • Skype is also a good communication tool for writing. I’ve used it to speak to clients in America and Amsterdam. We brainstormed ideas together and worked on writing briefs. I also used this method to get coaching on my writing.
  • Lastly, I use Dropbox to store stuff from my computer. It’s a good way to back up files, in case your computer crashes. It’s also a useful method to use when working with clients. They upload documents to me, I work on it and send it back to them. They can check it and if I need to make corrections, it’s easily done. It’s a fantastic tool.

These are the essential writing tools I use and need. Without them my writing would be limited. There’s one more tool I’m planning to use. It’s supposed to help you limit the amount of time you spend on the computer. It’s an online tool that suggests you have regular breaks. And it shuts down the computer so you have no choice but to take a break. I can’t remember the name of it. But I’ll do some research to find out.

What tool do you use to make your writing experience exciting or interesting? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below. And share the love on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & Google+.

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I'm June, a self-published author, freelance copywriter and blogger. This blog is a mixture of real stories, testimonies and useful advice. Most of the articles here are based on biblical principles. If you have a testimony to share, I would love to publish it to inspire other readers.


  1. June, thanks for sharing your writing tools. I’ve never heard of f.Lux, but it sounds like something I could benefit from. I’m glad your participating in the blog hop πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Ruth. f.Lux is great. I couldn’t do without it. It’s really useful for us writers who spend hours in front of the computer screen. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  2. I am definitely looking into fLux – this is an issue I am always struggling with. Thanks

  3. Hi June, I’ve never heard of f.Lux so thanks for introducing me to a new tool. Your keyboard sounds nice too. I miss my split ergonomic keyboard that I had to give up when I switched to the Mac (love my iMac, but the keyboard not so much). That remote switch-off of my computer to limit my time on it would freak me out though. For that I use a simple kitchen timer.

    • Hi Violet,

      The keyboard is lovely. It’s the best one I’ve ever used. Macs are good but I’ve never used one. I love the idea of using a kitchen timer. It’s probably better than having a software shutting down the computer.

      Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  4. Amen on the Holy Spirit….first thing I do when I start writing….going to check out the screen dimmer…thanks!

    • Thanks Patti. I’d be lost without the Holy Spirit. God bless. πŸ™‚

  5. June,
    I love your first and second – those are the best aren’t they? I found the others very interesting. Someone suggested Evernote so I am trying to keep all these writers in that for future reference.
    Blessings to you,

    • Hi Janis,

      You’re right. The first two are the best and most important to me. I’ve been hearing a lot about Evernote and need to check it out as well.

      Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  6. I love that you’ve chosen the Holy Spirit as your primary lead into writing. He is awesome and deserves first place.

  7. I obviously need to investigate the benefits of Dropbox a little more. I’ve got it, but don’t know much about how to get the most out of it. Hadn’t heard of f.Lux before; will have to investigate – thanks!

    • I agree. Dropbox is very useful. And f.Lux is amazing. You should check it out. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

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