5 Useful Tools for The Budding Writer
When I think about writing I visualize a pen and paper. Or if I am feeling fancy a quill and parchment. Today many use digital forms of writing, whether it is Word or a form of text documenting. However, there are many other tools that can be used to help the writing process. Sometimes we writers become stumped on a scene or even a character. We require a little jumpstart or an easier way to organize our thoughts.
I found these tools over the years of writing that helped me out tremendously. I have a massive collection of notebooks and nothing can beat the feel of pen and paper. These tools, however, will make the process easier and organization a breeze. Plus, the extra help in pushing along the creative flow is always nice.
These five tools within this list, I found to be most useful in the process of writing.
This creates names both first and last when stumped on a character within your story.
This tool is not only free it also gives distinct background for your character. You can give your character’s parents country heritage and then it generates a name derived from both sides.
These prompts help get the creative juices flowing when you are stuck in a rut.
This is also a free service site in which you can just click “generate” and words pop up. With those words you just begin to write from those ideas. It is a great way to start free writing and further get the words to come out.
Easy access to any and all documents, as well as a great word processor on the go.
It is a free service with Google and can be accessed across any device. This makes it easy to come back to later when you are back at your main computer.
This is a grammar checker program that gives writers a bit more peace of mind in their work.
It has a free offering which provides a baseline grammar evaluation. There is a paid subscription choice that offers a larger pool of grammar to grab from.
This is a program that helps organize characters, plot and chapters. It can even help flesh out your first draft.
I have used this program for a long time now. I have to say it is my favorite writing tool to date. It gives the option for screenwriting, novel, and short story. There is a section to flesh out your characters and a section to start writing your individual chapters. It will make sure your book or screen play is properly formatted and just organizes everything so nicely. I highly recommend this.
The only downside to this program is that it is not free. They offer a free trial, but you will eventually need to buy it. The Windows version is $45 and $38.25 if you are a student. Well worth the money, however.
My top five in a nutshell…
All these tools have gotten me through some of my writing quandaries. Whether they are there to drum up some content, add a creative name or just help me organize things, they have all come together to make some magical worlds. I hope some of these help you on your journey through the writing world. If you feel I missed anything please let me know, I am open to any and all tools that have helped you out. Heck, it may help me finally finish one of my never-ending stories!