When I write, I don’t just write a text and publish it once I’m done. I use various writing tools, and I’m doing it in order to stay focused and to be able to continue to be creative. I’m not just talking about various text editors, but tools I use for the writing process.
Today I’m going to reveal them to you, and I am going to describe why I am using them. The reason I am using them altogether is because they help me think.
The writing tools are in no particular order.
I write all my blog posts with WriteRoom. This software is awesome, and I have been using it for a long time. I just can’t remember what it was like to blog before I bought it. It’s all about the words, it turns my mac into a powerful and old fashioned typewriter. It’s just me and the text. That’s what I call distraction free writing. WriteRoom is for Mac and iPhone.
Read more about WriteRoom.
All of my blog posts are added to a WordPress plugin called Editorial Calendar. It’s a way to schedule blog posts, and to see what I am planning a head (and a great way to see what I’ve already written). This plugin is a must for all users of WordPress. It’s a wordpress iPhone app I would pay for.
Read more about Editorial Calendar.
I need a real calendar as well, one that I use to get an overview of everything I am doing. One I can use in order to understand when I have time to write. I use BusyCal, and combined with the powerful MobileMe subscription, this is the perfect tool for me. It syncs with my iPhone, and it syncs with the web and every computer I’m using. It helps me stay up to date on everything I’m doing.
Read more about BusyCal.
If you ask me which of my tools I am addicted to, I would definitely say that Evernote is one of them. I use it every single day, on my iPhone and on my Mac in order to keep track of all my thoughts and ideas. I usually add new ideas to my iPhone (because I always carry my iPhone with me) and then I sync everything to the web and to the Evernote software I am using on my Mac. It’s perfect, and completely free.
Read more about Evernote
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen the different tutorials. For instance, I’ve written stories like don’t send a christmas card to your customers and How to hide your facebook status updates from your friends. I’ve been using LittleSnapper to add all the annotations.
Read more about LittleSnapper.
All the images I add to my blog posts are 600 pixels wide, and they have a 10 pixels white space all around and a 1 pixel grey line as a frame. I resize all the images, and add the frame, all in a matter of seconds by using ImageWell.
Read more about ImageWell.
I know that I said that I use WriteRoom to stay focused on the words, and that it’s all about distraction free writing. Well, it is, but I’m also using a software called Concentrate. It helps me stay focused, and it helps me eliminate distractions (like Facebook, Twitter, e-mail etc..) and shuts down all the other applications, and I can’t open them up before a specific time (I set the time, and I usually work in batches of 25 minutes).
Read more about Concentrate.
I optimize all my blog posts by using Scribe. It helps me get more traffic from search engines, and it helps me structure each blog posts in a better way.
Read more about Scribe
Usually, before I start writing I do keyword research, to see which keywords I should focus on. I use three different free keyword research tools for this. I use the Google Keyword Tool, Keyword Spy and Wordtracker Keyword Questions.
Read more about 3 free keyword research tools I am using.
What’s working well for you?