Earlier, I did a post on my favorite art tools. Well, I want to be fair. Since I also love to write, I am going to share my favorite writing tools, as well!

  1. Composition or spiral notebook.
    • There are all sorts of notebooks, journals, loose-leaf paper products out on the market today that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. I used to use strictly spiral bound notebooks. However, I’ve grown more accustomed to composition notebooks lately and now I prefer their flexibility and lack of getting the paper caught in the little metal grooves.
    • Also, definitely college-ruled (smaller lines = more words!).
  2. Pen/pencil.
    • Okay, duh. I guess this is sort of a moot point, but I was worried this list will be a little sparse. (Don’t judge.)
    • By the way, this brings up a highly-debated question that has been going on for a very long time: pen or pencil?
    • (I’m pen. And, yes, that is the correct answer.)
  3. Character profile sheets.
    • This is probably my favorite part of writing a story (other than sketching the characters out, which, of course I do). I like to pull out a profile template and start thinking of all the physical attributes, personality attributes, family tree and history of each character to really flesh them out.
    • It’s easy for characters to become a typical flat archetype character if we are not careful, and this tool helps to avoid that pitfall.
    • (I will be offering a template of my character profile in a future blog post, so be on the lookout!)
  4. Plot outline.
    • If you have read my post on __[what it’s like to live with an artist]__, then you already know how horrible I am at organization and planning. But! I do love lists. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the person who adds an item onto her to-do list that she has already completed just so that she can check it off!)
    • Ehem. Anyway, I think of a plot outline as a list of my stories key plot points. I try not to focus on order (or at least not too heavily, because things can change quickly). But, it’s a great way to jot down the general direction I see my story going.
    • Remember: at the very least, it should have a beginning, middle, and end point.
    • (I will also be offering a template of my plot outline in a future blog post, so keep checking back!)
  5. Scrivener.
    • A good friend recommended this nifty little piece of software. For a fairly small investment (less than $50), you get a really robust framework to write in.
    • Break your story up into small little sections, move them around as needed. Add notes about the section, characters, etc. You can put your outline and profiles into this software so that each novel/story has everything all in one place. It also makes creating a manuscript for print extremely easy!
    • Click here for more information from Literature and Latte
    • Also, Scrivener now has an app on the iPad! Even better!

Do you have any writing tools you like to use? Let me know in the comments below!

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