Tools For Writers

TOOLS FOR WRITERS

A helpful list of resources we find helpful.

Writing

  • Hemingway: An app that helps you write better.
  • Grammarly: A smart grammar checker.
  • ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
  • Draft: Easy version control and collaboration

Websites/blogs

  • Medium: Medium is a great writing and collaboration tool, and can be an excellent place to get your writing in front of lots of people.
  • Ghost: Blogging and Publishing. Free. Open. Simple.
  • WordPress: An oldie but a goodie. This site is built on WordPress, btw.
  • Domainr: Fast, free, domain name search, short URLs.
  • Webflow: Create professional, responsive websites. Without writing code.

Books 

Creative writing 

Screenwriting

Playwriting

Television Writing

Apps

  • Scrivener
    Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. Available for Mac and PC platforms.
  • Evernote
    Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. Available for Mac and PC platforms.
  • Unstuck
    Unstuck is a new in-the-moment approach to personal growth for anyone who wants to live better every day. Combining personalized digital tools with tips and know-how from a community of other people facing stuck moments, Unstuck makes it easy to get on-demand coaching whenever you need it. Available for iPad only.
  • Omm Writer
    OmmWriter is your own private writing room where you can close the door behind you to focus on your writing in peace. Everywhere you go, you have access to a beautiful distraction-free writing environment where your authentic voice is free to go where it is meant to go. Available for Mac, PC and iPad.
  • Storyist
    Storyist helps you track your plot, characters and settings, keeping all parts of your writing organized so you can focus on telling your story. Available for Mac and iPad only.
  • Writeroom
    WriteRoom won’t do page layout or insert tables and graphs. WriteRoom’s focus is just to help you get words on the page. Stay focused with WriteRoom’s distraction free environment. Stay on track with word count. Stay safe with autosave. Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
  • iA Writer
    As soon as you type the title bar disappears and all you see is the clean typing sheet, distraction-free, ready for your ideas to take shape. Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone.

Research

Staying organized

  • Trello: An easy, visual way to track the stories your team is working on
  • Dropbox: Dropbox keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.
  • Sunrise: A great calendar app.
  • EvernoteBring your life’s work together in one digital workspace.

Video

  • PeriscopeExplore the world through someone else’s eyes
  • Vine: Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way.
  • WeVideo: The leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.

Images

  • Canva: Super simple graphic design tool.
  • Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.
  • Kraken: Image optimization
  • Unsplash: Free, beautiful, high-resolution photos that you can do anything you want with

Resources

(Much of this was compiled by members of the Writers Guild Initiative. The WGI does not “do endorsements.” But we do think these tools are worth checking out. As well, a big thanks to the team at ReadThisThing (via medium.com) for their suggestions.  ReadThisThing is a terrific email newsletter for long-form journalism. Each issue has just one fantastic piece of journalism for you to read, delivered to your inbox once a day.)

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