There have been multiple answers coming in by aspiring authors and I find it funny because I’m an aspiring author myself and just barely getting started with self-publishing. I’m not a professional or anything but I have noticed that there haven’t been many blog posts about this kind of stuff so I figured I could put all that in a post.
Below you’ll find the applications and tools I use and the playlists I usually play when writing.
Word vs. Pages – This is a question many college undergrads and young writers with Macbooks probably understand. If tight on money, I tend to wonder if it’s really worth to pay all that money monthly for Microsoft Word when I have Pages on my laptop which works just fine.
Pages is less clustered, the comments are marked yellow and only appear in the left sidebar if enabled and not right next to the page. That’s what I like about the simple-to-use Pages which I use for many other things, just not for my stories.The reason I use Word more is not solely because I’m used to Word and know perfectly well where all the features are and like the interface. The reason I use Word over Pages for my stories is that I need to see mirrored/facing pages for a print view as I am self-publishing. There’s no such thing like mirrored margins for Pages, nor alternating headers which I need. Maybe I’m just blind to find these features and if I am, please do educate me below in the comments because this girl needs to be helped out.
A free alternative is, of course, Open Office which is probably just as good, but well, free! And so is Google Docs, with which you can share and edit your documents between devices and have access to them everywhere. It’s free to use if you have a Google account and comes with templates as well.
This is something you’d have to pay for but I’ve heard from many that it’s one of the best writing apps out there and you might have already heard of it, it’s called Ulysees and it offers distraction-free writing. I am currently trying the Mac demo and I am in love with the features already that I might get it for real. There is a unified library with all of your projects and everything is easily exported into PDFs and even e-books. It uses iCloud to store all of your texts.
Scrivener is something I have seen other writers raving about, like, all the time! It looks like the ultimate writing application out there which offers everything a writer would need. I’ve looked into it and will probably purchase it once I’ve gotten myself some more cash onto iTunes.
For all of my works, I jot down everything in my dotted notebook from Moleskine. You might know from earlier posts that I am obsessed with Moleskine notebooks for their quality. Everything on my mind goes in my dearest notebook, like random notes, ideas, sketches, drafts, timelines, outlines, plotting, character outlines and developments and much more.
I’ve tried to put everything on Evernote but I just happen to have my notebook and I find everything more easily in my customised notebook. Evernote is indeed a great app for notes and organising notes though, so there’s that.
Another stunning note taking app is Bear, I fell in love with its interface and simple display. That’s only for iPhone, iPad and Mac users so far, though.
This wonderful mind-mapping app on both the Apple Store and Google Play. I use this to map my way throughout my stories and visualise my character set-ups. I love the interface and the flow of this feature so go ahead and try it if you like!
… with Grammarly for Chrome! It’s free and helps you eliminate errors and it even finds synonyms for you. It actually helps you anywhere online, I have it working whilst writing this blog post. A simple click will add it to your Chrome browser and it will automatically do the magic.
I’ve gotten this question a lot and now I’ll finally cut to the chase! I simply use Photoscape and photos from Unsplash.com. And that is literally all. You can use any editor application really, I’m just opting for the easy route. All photos from Unsplash are free to use by the way and there are loads of other sites like it that offer similar pictures.
Alex & Rosie – inspired by the film Love, Rosie
Study On – mostly instrumentals for inspired concentration
Writer’s Soundtrack – getting myself in the right mood for writing
Coffee shop – coffee shop playlist inspired so I can have them vibes everywhere I go
Are there any requests for me to write about? Anything in particular you’d like to know about my whole process with writing? Let me know below or send me an e-mail! I’ll make sure to cover it all.