Online tools and resources are a writers dream. But it’s finding the right mix of tools that fit your unique needs…and doing that without the fear of overwhelm. I’ve compiled by best list of the writing tools I use almost daily to hopefully help you find the writing resources that will best serve you.
Best Tool for Writing: Scrivener or Microsoft Word
Scrivener is many writers go-to writing software, but it does come with a steep learning curve. It’s akin to Adobe’s Creative Suite for writing software. While it’s arguable the most comprehensive writing tool on the market, I’d definitely consider teaching yourself in 30-minute blocks of time to avoid overwhelm.
On the other hand, Microsoft’s Word is an easy to learn program that most people are probably already familiar with. It something that comes stock on many new laptops and is easy to simply create a new document and start writing. It’s the no-frills approach to writing, which can definitely be more peaceful that trying to learn an entirely new software and write your first book (at the same time, to boot!)
Best Project Management Tool: Notion.so or Trello
Trello is an amazing project management tool that lets you organize your different projects onto different boards, lists, and cards… Which lets you organize and prioritize different aspects of your writing journey in a fun and flexible way. But, it does have its limitations.
Notion.so is an all-in-one workspace. Much like Scrivener, I’ve outlined and organized many projects into different workspaces, creating my own notes and documents for different parts of my writing (settings, character creation, outlining, etc.) While it definitely has a higher learning curve over the above suggestion, you can compile every morsel of information and inspiration—including photos, docs, videos, links, etc.— and craft one bit story inside your workspace.
Best Keyword Research Tool for Amazon: Publisher Rocket
An easy to use and learn tool, Publisher Rocker helps writers find bestselling book ideas and the best keywords to categorize your books—which not only helps them rank better on Amazon, but also gets your book noticed by new readers. More readers equals more sales, which is the best, right?
Best Manuscript Formatting Tool: Vellum
Vellum is my go-to tool for formatting beautiful books every time. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, want to custom ornamental flourishes, or just want a simple ebook and print formatting software, this should be at the top of your list. It’s easy to learn, the interface is simple to navigate, and you never have to worry about paying to fix a late-minute mistake!
While it’s unfortunately only available for Mac computers at this time, you can always use a virtual machine to use the software without buying an entirely new computer.
Best Resource for Learning: SkillShare
Writing is a skill that you never stop learning. With a plethora of classes to choose from, Skillshare online is my go-to for constant learning. When I’m not reading new books—or workbooks— on writing, this is an easy way to discover how to up-level your writing, improve your editing process, and strengthen your marketing efforts.
Best Overall Writer Resource: Reedsy
Reedsy is my catch-all resource, because you can find pretty much any thing writing-related on there. From editors, to designers, to publicists, they’re a great resource to keep in your back pocket for when you’re stumped and don’t know how to move forward.
Don’t know how to market your book? They have someone for that. Don’t know how to create a compelling website? They have someone for that! It’s basically a well-rounded resource that has your back for pretty much everything.