Today I'd like to talk about the tools we use.
As writers we all use our imagination and our brains. I know many writers use a laptop, desktop or other computer to put their words in order. But what other tools do you use?
I’d like to share with you a tool that I use that I was lucky enough to find early on in my writing career. yWriter.
yWriter is a free application created by a programmer who also happens to be a writer. You just know you’re going to get something useful when an actual writer has put the application together.
And you certainly get a tool worth using. I’m grateful to have found yWriter when I did. Back when I started writing, every writer I met wrote in order, sequentially, from beginning to end, in Word. When I started writing, my thoughts and ideas came to me in a jumble. I would know how I planned to end the story, I’d have a single character’s name and large chunks of dialogue. None of it showed up in my brain in any order that I could manage.
I certainly couldn’t put all this information in a Word doc without losing my mind.
I remember hunting online for something, anything, that might help. I remember someone mentioning yWriter, and I immediately sought out the website.
Simon Haynes created yWriter to help with his own writing. And I bet it’ll help yours too. Check it out. Try it out. It’s FREE. And if you really like it, support Simon by purchasing one of his books. Hal Junior: The Secret Signal or his Hal Spacejock series.
What tools do you use to get your writing done? What tools do you wish you had?