I added this these to my writer’s wish list*
Tools for the toolbox. That’s want I wish for as I think about my writing. To become a better writer, I need tools, time, and lots of practice.
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At a 2016 Word Weaver workshop, I learned about writer’s tools of the trade. Here are two of the tools mentioned:
- Microsoft Word — I hoped Pages would work since I live on my iPad, but Word is the industry standard for people in the writing world. I purchased a subscription for Office 365 and admit that Pages doesn’t do all writers need. With the Office subscription, it’s off my wish list. If you’re a writer, put it on your must-have list.
- Scrivener — I hadn’t heard of this gem before the workshop. It’s a writer’s app for Windows or Mac. With so much under the app “hood,” I added a few Scrivener books to my list. If I buy Scrivener, I want to get the most out of it. Scrivener for Dummies, Scrivener Essentials, and Scrivener Superpowers are on my list. I read How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play. The book promotes collecting material and playing with the order of ideas. Scrivener is designed for that. The Scrivener iOS app was featured in the App Store Best of 2016. Scrivener, Scrivener iOS, and a few tutorial books are on my dream list.
More book wishes
Some are fellow writers’ recommendations and others come from writers I respect:
- The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
- The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages
- You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins — After taking his 500 word challenge and reading his Writer’s Manifesto, I’d read any of his books. But this book title is my mantra.
- Connections by Edie Melson — I want to learn more about how to use social media.
I long for writing time. I can’t create time, instead I’m learning the importance of prioritizing time. I keep reading about having a routine for writing. This year, I plan to take “writing time” off my wish list and put it into a routine. My first steps—revisit Make Over My Mornings and Make Over My Evenings. I need to put my night routine on a diet . . . again. A routine will help me capture the writing (and reading about writing) time I desire.
I wish practice wasn’t necessary. I’d like to whip up a piece of writing, and it be perfect the first time. Instead, every time I write, I learn and improve. I’m reading a book called Practicing Sucks, But It Doesn’t Have To!: Surviving Music Lessons to help my Love to Play Guitar business. Practicing doesn’t make perfect, but it does make it better. If I want to improve as a writer, practice is essential.
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What are you adding to your writer’s wish list?
Or, what do you recommend? Do you have a resource that has helped you grow as a writer?
*Note: These are truly on my writer’s wish list, but most of the links on this page are affiliate links. These links are my recommendations. Should you choose to purchase through these links I benefit at no extra cost to you.