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 even 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.Lux 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.
- 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 in the comments box below.
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