There are many great tools for writers out there and some are better than other. So I thought I’d add a few that I use myself and couldn’t do without.
Here are 5 great tools for writers and authors:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Recognition Software. I can’t type very well due to disability and it used to take me months to write a single chapter. But when I rheumatologist mentioned voice recognition software to me I thought I’d give it a try. Now I do about 99% of typing on the computer with my dragon. All I have to do is talk into a microphone and it starts writing for me. It does take some time to get used to and you do have to train it to recognise your voice, but it certainly saves me a lot of time and allows me to be a lot more work done. There’s a home version, a premium version and a premium wireless version. I use the premium version which does a lot more and is a bit more accurate than the basic home version.
- Evernote. This is a recent tool that I’ve discovered and now wonder how I ever managed without it. Evernote is a fantastic organisation tool which allows you to make virtual notebooks, to-do lists, add notes, save clippings of websites, images, save voice and so much more. I use Evernote to save ideas to and keep lists of things I need to do.
It’s the best digital note taker though I have tried. It’s a free app which allows you to capture notes on your phone and then sync across all your devices, such as laptop, tablet or desktop computer.
I highly recommend Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote by SJ Scott. This book gave me a great overview of how to get started on Evernote.
I also did this course on Udemy which also really helped me understand the app better.
- Scrivener. Most writers have probably heard of Scrivener and it is a good piece of software. It was made by an aspiring writer who couldn’t find a way to organise his notes and research. It is a good place to keep all of your chapters, notes and research in one area rather than having numerous word documents in multiple folders. I use it mostly to keep my notes in one place and it’s still fairly new to me so it may be a while before I use it as my main word processing tool.
It can be a bit hard to navigate at first, so I tried and recommend this course on Udemy.
- Microsoft Word. An oldie but a goodie. I still use Word 2007 for all of my word processing and it works perfectly with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It’s also fairly easy format ebooks for Kindle and Smashwords in Word and print books for places such as Createspace.
- Perfectit. This is a proofreading plugin software tool for Microsoft Word which I absolutely love! It’s also great for proofreaders and editors as well as writers. It checks the consistency of your work.
What tools have you found helpful?