My Toolbox

Here are some tools that I’ve used in my journey. I continue to try new apps and software as I further my writing career. As I try new ones, I will update them here.


***Please note that some of the tools in my toolbox are free and some aren’t. The paid tools are affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I receive a commission at no extra cost to you. I have personal experience with all of the following tools, which is why I recommend them to you.***


Books

  • On Writing: Stephen King is the consummate journeyman of writing. Part biography, part writers guide, this book is a must have for any writer, but especially fiction writers. He gets right to point in order to help writers stay focused on what matters most: the message of your story.
  • Romancing the Beat: As a romance writer, I found Gwen Hayes’ book helped me with outlining my stories. It’s a quick read, but thorough in the information I learned about how a romance should flow. She’s knowledgeable and funny and the 80’s music references are a fun way to walk down memory lane.
  • The War of Art: Steven Pressfield’s book is everything. Just pick it up and read it.

Web Hosting

  • GoDaddy: Websites are the digital business cards for writers. Having a self-hosted website signals to the world that you’re taking the writing seriously. I started using GoDaddy years ago with my first website. I’ve never had a problem with their customer service and helped me several times through my techtard moments.

Blogging Tools

  • WordPress: Free blogging software that I’ve used since my first website years ago. It’s the best blogging software in my opinion. It’s easy to use and there are hundreds of free themes that are optimized for mobile and SEO to choose from. Pairs well with GoDaddy self-hosting. Did I mention it was free?

Email Marketing

  • MailChimp: It’s what I currently use for my email marketing. Super easy to use and free for the first 2,000 subscribers.

Writing Software

  • Scrivener: When I started writing, I always used Word. Then Scrivener happened to me and I’ve never gone back. You can drag and drop items so that if you are one of the types that writes out of order, you can bring it all together with complete ease. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and iOS systems.

Miscellaneous Tools

  • Google Calendar: I block off time for all of my blog writing and fiction writing using this calendar. I can set up notifications on my phone to alert me when it’s time to get down to business.
  • Wanderlist: This is an app that I use on my phone and on the computer. You can set up different folders for different kinds of tasks and share them others by sending the other party an email providing access. Add due dates and it will keep up with what’s due by day, week, and month.
  • Focus Keeper: One of my favorite tools when it comes to writing. It’s a Pomodoro style timer that I use especially during crunch times or when I’m drafting my fiction.
  • Cowin Bluetooth Headphones: These are some of the best headphones I’ve ever used. They are fantastic at cancelling out noise. In fact, if there’s a chance I need to hear someone talkt to me, I won’t wear them because I’ll never hear them. That’s how well they cancel the noise. And very comfortable. The cushions are soft and sit well on my ears. Lastly, they hold a charge for a long time, which makes them worth it. I paid $20 for another pair that are fine comfort wise, but the charge doesn’t last long. I’m a huge fan of these headphones, can you tell?