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Writing Tools I use ever single day

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.

WriteRoom

WriteRoom Screenshot

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.

Editorial calendar

WordPress Calendar Plugin Screenshot

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.

BusyCal

BusyCal Screenshot

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.

Evernote

Evernote Screenshot

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

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper screenshot

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.

ImageWell

ImageWell screenshot

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.

Concentrate

Concentrate Screenshot

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.

Scribe SEO

Scribe SEO Screenshot

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

Research

Wordtracker Screenshot

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.

Your turn…

What’s working well for you?



14 responses to “Writing Tools I use ever single day”

  1. Brankica U says:

    Seems like you are really organized and I lack organizing. I am so ADD that I get distracted very easy. I have just opened some of these links in new tabs and I am going to check them out.
    I have heard of some and I am going to give it a go now.
    Thanks for the list, if I need something it’s tips on how to stay focused and organized.

  2. TristanH says:

    I’ve currently got WriteRoom on my computer, but I don’t use it very much. I like being able to make my headings bold and big, and you can’t do that in WriteRoom. It’s been a while, though, so maybe I should try it again. I can see how it would be great for just churning out content quickly.

    I’ve seen you and others talk about that editorial calendar plugin before, and it’s something I’ve been meaning to try out. It looks pretty awesome.

    Evernote is another one that I’ve had my eye on for a while but haven’t used yet.

    And I like the idea of Concentrate… Being able to essentially put a lock on everything else really sounds like a great way to quickly get stuff done.

    Thanks for the list, Jens! I’m definitely going to check some of these out.

    • I love writeroom, and it’s mostly because of the fullscreen view, and I enjoy writing plain text. I have just installed office 2011, and the new version of Word is also fullscreen. I’ll be writing a few articles with word and see if the writing experience is any better.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Tristan.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice! Been thinking about using Evernote…I needed that extra push. Thanks! Retweeting to everyone!

  4. Dave says:

    Personally, I’m a huge fan of the official WordPress apps (iPhone for me). Whenever I get an idea for a post, I just write down a title and save it as a draft to work on later. It’s also great for working on posts on the go when you have a few minutes to spare, like when you’re waiting in line at the store.

    • You’re right. It’s awesome. But you need to be online to use it? That’s why I use Evernote, because I sync it when I get a wifi connection. And I use it for all my ideas not just my blogs.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

  5. Grace Blando says:

    The main key here for me, is before writing anything inspiration is the most important aspect for you to gain control on what article you are writing.

  6. jane cortus says:

    i must have to try evernote too.. looks like you give me better ideas again. thanks for the post.. it is really useful..

  7. Joseph Hipolito says:

    I try this one and the result is Nice and to be honest I’m glad to see this in here..

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