Hello, everyone, and a happy Monday to you.  It's Jaycee here, with a question today, rather than a discussion topic.  Today, I want to know about writer's digital tool boxes.  

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Once upon a time, I used to do all my drafting in journals and an old fashioned black and white flecked composition notebook was my greatest best friend.  That was back before I had the kids and was running my graphics design business, and had more hours in the day to copy what I wrote in my composition books onto the computer in the evenings.  Thankfully, with the ever-changing state of technology, there's a plethora of alternative options to getting my thoughts down when I first think of them without actually having to put pen to paper.  Granted, there are times I still write things down, but those instances are few and far between.  Why shouldn't it be when I can easily just tap my phone and speak the line that's just come to me in dictation software like Evernote or Dragon Dictation?   

What about planning?  I used to be a fan of mapping things out on my cork board.  Now I use that to hang up my daughter's pretty art work from daycare, because programs like Storyboarder (free!) and Scrivener are there to let me do it online, keeping everything together and helping me structure my work.

Then there's programs like Write or Die, which I've been a little too scared to try out, but is said to be a great way to beat that procrastination...because you can set it up to actually erase your words if you stop writing (the horror!). 

It's all become so convenient, that all these apps have the power to do thing we want in a way that saves time.  Except for doing the actual writing, of course. 

I've kind of become addicted, to be honest, and am always on the lookout for more.  Anything out there that makes the process just a little bit easier is very welcome in my book.  

So my questions today are: 
  • What types of apps do you writer's use?  
  • Have you found any to be particularly helpful?  
  • Is there an absolute must-have app in your toolbox that everyone should be using? 

Please do share!  Anything that can get me writing steadily again will be extremely helpful.  

Have a great week. 

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  1. Thanks for the Storyboarder link ... transferring sticky notes on cork board over to it now :-)

    P.S. I remember those speckled composition notebooks too.

    1. You're welcome!

      I'll be honest, I still have lots of those composition books, just because I like the way they look, but they don't get filled with words as much as they used to. :(

  2. Dropbox is my 'must have' writing app. Lets me bounce between devices for my writing, and I don't have to keep up with USB drives. Or risk losing them! :) Plus, it autosaves often and keeps everything in the cloud so I don't have to have a panic attack if my computer crashes.

    1. I used Dropbox on my old computer, but never got around to using it on the new one. I've got to get back to that. It was definitely helpful. :D

  3. Storyboarder is the same as Scrivener?

    1. No, it's not the same. Scrivener offers a lot more, but when it comes to doing story boards, storyboarder is a free alternative that helps gets ideas in order.

  4. I've used Scrivener for plotting because I like their virtual corkboard, and the ability to have an archive of web links. Dragon Dictation is such a cool name. :) Aside from the great name, it sounds like a great app. I will probably try it! Thanks.

  5. I still write in pencil, because it slows me down. If I write as fast as I can keyboard, it doesn't turn out well. It's true this can waste time if I can't enter it all in my computer the same day, but I stick with this.
    I don't use Scrivener. I find that using Word is adequate, if I have reminder pages open that list themes and elements to include in the writing.


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