#1 is a must-have for a serious writer.
I am an advocate of simplicity. This is because I know that the simpler a task is, the more likely you are to get it done.
So, in this post, I have compiled the simplest tools, and most likely the only tools you will need as a writer.
In no particular order, they are:
A notebook can go places too dangerous for modern devices to tread. It should follow you everywhere you go. Sleep with your notebook (see, it’s safe); Travel with your notebook…take it with you on the plane, on the train, on a lane — just kidding, keep your eyes on the road!
There is no productivity tool as effective as a notebook.
2. Google Docs
My advocacy for this has gone beyond writing.
Google Docs would turn the most strenuous aspect of writing (you know it’s editing, right?) into a relaxing experience. Google Docs sync your work across devices so long as you are logged in with your email address. That way, even if you create the document on your laptop, you can edit and proofread with ease on your mobile device. With Google Docs, you can be stretched out on the bed, cradling your phone while doing what is originally the writer’s punishment for writing (yes, still editing).
Grammarly is that app you didn’t think you needed until you used it for the first time, then wondered how on earth you were able to survive without it. Hi, my name is Debbie, and I am addicted to Grammarly.
I would have said a dictionary, but a thesaurus is more comprehensive. With a thesaurus, you can avoid repetition in your writing. Google Docs has a similar feature, but only on the web app. With this feature, you can double click on a word to see its meaning, and the synonyms you can use in place of that word.
However, when I write offline, I like to use WordWeb — I have the application installed on both my mobile device and PC.
I am sure there are many more applications doing awesome things in the lives of writers, but if I were stuck in any location, these are the basic tools that would keep my sanity in check as a writer.
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