I am still writing by hand. Not as much as I used to, but once in a while, I am using a pen and a paper to take notes and to write blog posts. I am also using my iPhone and iPad to write. And I am using 10 different tools on my computer. What I am doing might not be something you should be doing, but what I have discovered that works for me, is to keep using many different tools in order to stay creative and full of energy.
I love to test new things. And I have noticed that if I keep using one tool only, or just one method of writing, I’ll end up being bored after a while. That’s why I keep switching the tools I use. I never really stop using a tool, I just keep adding new tools, and right now I am writing this blog post using OmmWriter, it’s been months since I used it the last time, and now, because it’s been a while, I can’t believe how awesome it is. It makes me just want to keep writing, and never stop.
Let me just tell you about the 10 writing tools I currently use, and one writing tool that I will buy fairly soon.
The 10 writing tools I currently use
The list is in random order. I am using two of the writing tools more than the others. I am not sure if they are better or not, but it seems that I am switching back to them more often, and by the way, I don’t have a system for using the different writing tools. I just know the tools I have and when I am going to write, I decide which of the tools I am going to use for the specific task. That’s it.
When I write in WordPress, I am always using the fullscreen editor (using Chrome’s presentation mode, cmd-shift F). This turns WordPress into any other editor, and since I’m always just focusing on the words I am writing, it works perfect.
I am using a Mac, and Pages is just a very easy to use and very powerful word processor. I have installed it on my iPhone, iPad and Mac, and I use it all the time for wirting various documents, but I am also using it to write blog posts.
I just had to add Microsoft Word to the list of writing tools I am using. I am not using it as often as the other writing tools, especially when it comes to blogging. I am not sure why, but I am guessing that it’s just too powerful (too many distractions) and even though there’s a fullscreen writing mode, I tend to drift off to some project I have been writing in Word. But, I love to use it, and I still use it for blogging.
Like I said, I am currently writing this blog post using OmmWriter. The reason I bought it (there’s also a free version), was that it was so different. It’s distraction free writing (a fullscreen editor), and there’s background images, and sound. It’s so easy to write, and I feel that I’m calm and very creative when I am using it. Right now, I’m looking at some trees and there’s snow on the ground and I’m hearing this relaxing sounds. I can go on and on, OmmWriter is just awesome.
5. iA Writer
What I enjoy most about iA Writer other than iCould (I have it installed on my iPhone, iPad and Mac) is the focus mode. This means that when I’m writing, it’s not just distraction free writing with a fullscreen editor, but the only words that I am seeing are the sentence I am currently writing. All the other words are blurred. I love this feature. And this is probably why I am using iA Writer more than any of the other writing tools.
WriteRoom was one of the first writing tools I bought for my Mac. It’s not much to say about it. It’s a brilliant words-only word processor. The screen is filled with a single color (I am using black as my background color), and the only thing showing is the words I am writing (I am currently using grey as the color for my words, but I do switch colors from time to time).
7. Day One
I know that Day One is a journal, but I just love the design and the features are amazing. I have it installed on my iPhone, iPad and Mac, and it supports iCould. So when I am writing a blog post (in fullscreen mode), it’s saved to all my devices.
I bought Scrivener for writing my novel. And it’s perfect for writing long stories. But I have discovered that I love using it for blog posts as well. It’s so easy to structure the posts, and just by looking at the various “chapters” I get a full overview of the blog post. Scrivener is a very advanced word processor, but like with Pages and Word, I am only using a few features when I’m writing my blog posts.
It’s been a while since I have used Q10. The reason is obvious, for one it’s probably the word processor most similar to WriteRoom. It’s fullscreen, and I get live statistics when I write. It’s free, but it only works on windows and I am using mac. But, when I am using a pc (not that often), I am using Q10.
10. Google Docs
I should probably write Google Drive, but I am not sure if Google Docs have switched name to Google Drive, or if Google Drive is the feature similar to Dropbox. Anyway. I am using the word processor from Google to write blog posts, and I started out using it when I needed to share documents. It’s perfect for sharing, and if I need to write in the same document as other people.
I am going to buy Byword
That’s all the various writing tools I am currently using to write my blog posts. But, there’s one that I still haven’t used, that I have decided to buy. The name is Byword, and even though it’s a simple text editor for Mac and iOS it has markdown too. And I have thought a lot about testing markdown for my blog posts.
You might find me weird, because I’m using so many different writing tools, but that’s what works for me. I’d love to hear your thoughts and especially on what works for you. What are you using to write your blog posts?