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Writing => Self-Publishing Central => Topic started by: Dasherwood on June 04, 2016, 12:20:49 PM

Title: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: Dasherwood on June 04, 2016, 12:20:49 PM
When I write I either use ‘Open Office’ or ‘WordPerfect X6’. I have become very accustomed to ‘Dragon Naturally Speaking’ It’s helped me find a voice in my writing. I would like to think that my stuff flows a little bit smoother because of it. Also I will usually have Spotify playing low in the background on some ambient music that I really don’t have to pay attention to. Dark Chill, nature sounds, or piano. I know that Scrivner is very popular, but I just have not been able to get into it. I’m just curious as to what everyone else uses and what their writing routine consists of.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: sallyj on June 04, 2016, 03:06:25 PM
I'm very boring. I use Microsoft Word and write in silence. I prefer it if there's no one else in the house too.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: Mister URL on June 04, 2016, 05:43:25 PM
LibreOffice. Old maps online for period authenticity. I don't have sounds playing. The biggest aid to me is reading the words aloud. It shows up funny dialogue and long sentences in a hurry.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: asilalenore7@mywriterscir on November 15, 2016, 08:18:11 PM
I, too am boring. I also use WORD, and prefer to be alone. Although at times I may play soft classical instrument only.
If on a bus, etc when the muse strikes I use pencil and spiral pad that fit in any purse, and type in later. hahaha sometimes 1o years later,  :) Asilalenore7
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: heidi52 on November 16, 2016, 08:05:49 AM
I'm in the word and silence club, too.   :)
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: JewelAS53 on November 16, 2016, 04:38:48 PM
Scrivener and some background noise I don't have to listen to - otherwise I have to stop typing to satisfy myself the noise I just heard was the house creaking as the temperature cools, and not an intruder.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: Suncat on November 24, 2016, 04:36:26 AM
Word usually, also use my tablet for names I use name generators.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: RFranko on December 11, 2016, 10:24:56 PM
I use MS Word and Scrivener. Although people rave about Scrivener, I would say it has many unique features that are useful. However, when it comes down to the actual writing of text I find Word the most useful. Why? As stated by Scrivener the program is not a "word Processor."
Scrivener is more a document organizer and library for all your research data and it really is great for that.
However, 99% of your time creating a novel or eBook is spent writing and in doing so Word is just more sophisticated and easier to use.
Opening the navigation bar on the left side of the screen in Word is the equivalent of the binder in Scrivener. Working with text styles, formats and text in following paragraphs and paragraph spacing is far simpler in Word using the menu icons across the top of the screen.

With Scrivener, you write your entire document then have to return to it to reformat all the paragraphs, headers and text using a "word Processor" as suggested by Scrivener.  I prefer my headers, text, paragraphs, and spacing are all set on the fly and not have to return to find and correct them as 2nd and 3rd edits are tough enough.

There are many other things to compare between the two programs but I'll try to keep using Scrivener and maybe I'll figure out how to make it more successful at creating a final document.

Just one last thing.  I find MS Word more compatible with Dragon Naturally Speaking then Scrivener.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: Bradley Shiner on May 30, 2017, 05:27:31 PM
Hello,

I use Open Office and like to her background music, usually classical or jazz.

Best
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: HPvD on September 19, 2017, 06:29:06 AM
I frequently do use simple pen and paper to get ideas flowing.
while having a cop of coffee in my self-designed writers coffee mug :)

Recently I also got a few of our own Pens
from our collection in the mail,

It felt somewhat excited to unpack them and now I can also
actually write with some of our self designsed Pens.

(that are nr. 2 in our Top 5 Most Popular Products) 



Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: peterdep on September 17, 2018, 04:20:37 AM
Having tried everything I find the following works for me:

Best writing time - 05.00h to 07.00h in the morning = bliss :)
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: RC Cameron on October 17, 2018, 05:24:14 PM
I did my first book with Word, moved to Scrivener for the second one, I love it.

Now, because English is my second language, I run my text through Antidote first, Grammarly next and finish with ProwritingAid.

I'll bet I'm the only one doing so  :D :D
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: nosuchmember on December 22, 2018, 06:57:49 AM
I use MS Word.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: HPvD on January 17, 2019, 04:30:27 AM
In a previous blog post I already wrote about writing with
our own (all-over-print) self-designed pens,

Since I do many types of writing I like to do writing in many
specific types of notebooks, to 'Scratch My Own Itch' we designed
different notbooks for many types of writing....,

For example we have several special Travel Notebooks & Journals with images from
several specific Travel destinations for travel writing, making travel notes,
We also have a self-designed Funny Talking Parrot design notebook
that you might want to use for example for writing speeches. I also designed
among other things special Food Notebooks with photos from
different kind of dishes, and also a special Recipe Notebook
(with a funny looking cooking cartoon octopus on it)

Specially for writing notes about Music a special Music Notebook,
with a weird looking drumming Octopus Cartoon on it, 
and a Notebook with a Cartoon Style Drawn Light Bulb
with the text: "I am Inspired" especially for writers. 

It goes without saying that to get extra motivated we also
have a special - with typewriter lettering -

'I am a Bestselling Author' Coffee Mug! :)



Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: nosuchmember on January 17, 2019, 03:14:48 PM
HPvD, Interesting site you have.

Jan
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: landmersm on January 17, 2019, 07:50:21 PM
I use MS Word with some nice chill-trance music in the background. I use Balabolka to read it back to me when finished.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: HPvD on January 22, 2019, 04:11:13 PM
Yes, it's just - among other things - a blog,

The great thing about blogs is that it's indeed interesting
because it's - Interactive - so you can see what blog posts
get the most views, and that you can get comments & replies
on blog post.   

It gives some insights into what you like to read the most.
and occasionally also what you think when you comment
and/or reply on blog posts. 

In new blog posts I also frequently link to previous blogposts
in the Most Popular Posts list, building on those previous
little successes.

 

 
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: LucienneR on April 04, 2019, 02:55:20 PM
I've recently started to use Google voice recognition. I just open up notepad application on my Android phone and dictate. It's amazing how well it works. Much better than voice recognition used to. I'd love to be able to use it on the go, but I'm too self-conscious about dictating in public. :D
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: HPvD on May 18, 2019, 06:23:15 PM
Thanks heartsongjt, yes we aim to make our sites interesting, by for example besides providing interesting blog posts, also providing services like on our Travel Blog a 'Universal Packing List' on our Digital Camera-ideas blog a practical calculator for converting to pixels and to find the right html-color codes etc. and also info about sending our Cards as E-Cards, offering Inspiring Tweets on our Twitter page etc. etc.


For what tools for writing is concerned; also my Blogs, my own writing on them, and the readers feedback on them themselves are tools that I use for writing, tools for for example writing new blogposts.



>>   >  More Inspiring blogposts coming soon! <  <<




 
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: poet-e on May 19, 2019, 11:17:43 AM
I'm very boring. I use Microsoft Word and write in silence. I prefer it if there's no one else in the house too.

I'm in this club too.
Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: HPvD on May 25, 2019, 05:14:56 PM
Besides all the practical tools that I wrote about in previous replies,
Specially (self-)designed noteboos, Pens & Paper, post it notes, Coffee Mugs,
and Blogs with your Comments & Replies on them!

I also use a Journal as a Tool to help with discovering interesting
themes to write about. 





Title: Re: What tools do you use when you write??
Post by: HPvD on June 28, 2019, 02:50:46 AM
In a previous blog post I already wrote about writing with
our own (all-over-print) self-designed pens, .....,


......, It goes without saying that to get extra motivated we also
have a special - with typewriter lettering -

'I am a Bestselling Author' Coffee Mug! :)

For what the using writing tools and using special types of Lettering
for my writing things is concerned,


Recently for creating a really Big Funny 50 Year
Anniversary Birthday Card,

I also used as a tool my own Cartoon drawing skills, combined with the special design software we use for many of our designs, to create our own special
Cartoon Style Lettering.

Literally making it look like it's 'Written in Stone' (or in this particular specific case - as - stone making the Cartoon Style Lettering look like stone material)

Creating a special type of Lettering that - in Cartoon Style - looks like
the Number 50 is made from stones.

That is like a "Foreshadowing" for the Funny text inside!