Tools & productivity

A writer's toolbox: which one I use.

Every writer has its own toolbox: a set of tools he uses to craft his art. 

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For me, it's all about productivity and a streamlined process. I want each tool to be as efficient as it can be and I also want my process to be as minimalist as possible. I don't like to be surrounded by useless stuff, and my writing is no different. Let's dive in. 

First, I use SQUARESPACE for my website. I've built a few websites, and I've always been pretty happy with how Squarespace works and what it allows me to create without having to rely on a designer to make a change. My website breathes with me, so I needed to be able to control the changes. It didn't make sense to have to call someone each time I wanted to make a change. So I invested some time and money in learning how to craft a website that was as close as possible as what I had in mind. It sure has some limitations, but for now, I'm a happy camper! 

Next comes SCRIVENER. Oh, my dear, this one piece of software changed my writing career in a blink of an eye. I don't know if I would've persevered without Scrivener. First off, it's where I do everything. From the brainstorm of ideas to capturing images, doing research, saving links, documenting my process, keeping a playlist, etc. And since I'm an organizing freak, I needed to have something strong enough to support me. And it sure did. It counts my words, organizes my files with colors, so I know exactly where I'm at regarding draft/revisions, etc. I can create mood boards, build character profiles with such ease that it makes the first part of writing a book a breeze. 

Then, I use GRAMMARLY when my first draft is complete, and I've done a couple of rounds of self-edits. So, before my first draft is ready to be sent to my editor, I run the whole manuscript through this little piece of software. I will re-use it in the last stage of the final draft before I format my book and have it ready for publication. I know there is a lot of programs out there, and I will probably eventually change and try another one, but for now, this one works very well. 

Oh VELLUM. VELLUM, VELLUM, VELLUM. I've said enough. No, seriously. This baby saves my life every time. Instead of spending days trying to learn how to format a book of all the different publishing platforms in the virtual world, and doing the actual formatting, I can upload my Word file, sit back and let it work its magic. It's incredibly easy to use. It's sleek, minimalist, and provides you with beautiful book interiors. Exquisite ebooks. Effortlessly? Yes! 100% true.

The newbie in my toolbox is KDP ROCKET. At first, I wasn't sure if I would need it, cause you know, you write a good book and then it sells itself right? Well, not exactly. After I've spent years trying to manage writing, editing, cover design, formatting, etc., I was now ready to release my book into the world. But then, surprise! How the hell can I do that if I have no idea about what's being published, under which categories, using which keywords... Let's say I was more than happy when I found out about KDP Rocket. In a few clicks it provides me with the information I need to market my book in a fraction of the time it would dive into it myself. This is a must for a writer for sure. 

So, there you have it: my most treasured tools that support my dream of writing books! 

* Please note that as of writing this, I do not receive any compensation by promoting these products. I'm only sharing what I use and love.