A couple of years ago, back in 2015 I wrote about a few of my favourite writing tools. While I was looking at the list that I provided, I realised that some of the links no longer worked and that I had changed what I was using as my primary writing tools. I realised it was time for an update. Here is a link to the previous post.
I’ve listed some of my favourite writing tools in no particular order. Some of them are for Mac only, while others are cross platform.
I have recently taking to writing all of my blog posts in Bear before transferring them into WordPress. Bear offers a minimalist and clean word processor experience.Bear can be used as the most basic of word processors, or you can take advantage of some of it’s great features.
Bear allows you to add tags, create internal links to other documents you’re working on, insert attachments, create check lists, and include pictures. Another really cool think about the iOS version of Bear is that it allows you to insert handwritten notes into your word document.
Bear is also a free app, which makes it great. If you want to sync your notes between devices, export pdfs and other file types, or use themes, you will have to pay a monthly subscription. It’s only $1.49 a month (at the time of this posting), so it may be well worth it if you like the product.
For Mac iOS Windows
Scrivener seems to have taken some heat about being slow on updates, but it is still a brilliant program. Scrivener works best for projects. If you’re writing a short story, a novel, a screenplay, or even an academic paper, Scrivener will help keep you organised. You can create folders to manage different aspects of your project.
The best part about Scrivener is that you can compile your manuscript into a number of different forms. You can format your document into an ebook, a regular manuscript, or any other number of options. Scrivener also has an iPad app, so if you’re hooked into the Mac ecosystem, you can write on your iPad and use Dropbox to sync your work.
It’s an easy way to keep everything together and not have a thousand different word documents with different parts of your novel spread around.
There is this really cool app called Writeometer which allows you define a project that you’re working on and what the word count is for that project. This is really helpful for NaNoWriMo. Once you set the right number of words you need, it will calculate how many you need to write a day to reach your goal. In addition, Writeometer acts as a pomodoro timer. You can set the timer for 25 minutes. For each 25 minute session that you do, you claim a reward called a guava. You can use your guava points to earn treats, which you can customise based on whatever reward system works for you.
Writeometer also provides an in app dictionary, thesaurus, and “word salad” prompt database to help you gain some inspiration. In addition, Writeometer also includes widgets and reminders to provide you with easy access to your projects.
Writeometer is completely free to use and it’s a great way to keep track of your progress.
Web, Windows, Mac
Write or Die is still one of my favorite programs. Its perfect for word sprints and other word count related goals. With a ton of different settings, Write or Die forces you to turn off your inner editor and begin writing.
When you slow down or stop writing, the program can begin to delete the words you’ve already typed, play obnoxious sounds, display images and more. The best part about Write or Die is that you can take it anywhere by using the Web version.