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New Writing Tools

I write. A lot. It doesn’t matter where or when, if I have a few free minutes, I write. At the doctor’s office. On the bus. Sometimes when I’m grocery shopping, an idea will strike me and I’ll whip out my iPhone and write it down.

My iPhone is my main writing tool because I always have it with me. Well, not always—I don’t take it into the bathroom. But other than that, everywhere else. It’s small, handy, and it doesn’t take up much room in my purse.

About the only thing I don’t write with it is blog posts: I find it too limiting. But I will write a post in another app, then copy and paste it into my laptop, then transfer it into Open Live Writer (OLW),  my blogging tool of choice.

I first discovered OLW when Microsoft created it and made it available for free. Since then, Microsoft has abandoned it and turned it over to the free software community, which continues to support and improve it. The latest release is dated 23 May 2017, so it’s not updated all that often.

My Writing Toolbox

While I do most of my writing on my iPhone and iPad, there are three desktop programs I use as well. In addition to OLW, I also have Scrivener and Papyrus Author.

I’ve had Scrivener for a couple of years, but I rarely use it. I just found the learning curve too steep for my poor little brain.

I downloaded Papyrus Author (PA) last month out of curiosity, and have been playing around with it since then. It seems to do everything Scrivener does, but without the learning curve.

Besides, the basic version is free. If I decide to keep it, I’ll probably upgrade to the Pro version, which has several style analysis tools not offered in the basic version.

On the other hand, I have Grammarly Premium, so I might not need to upgrade after all.

I also have the free Grammarly keyboard on both of my mobile devices. The keyboard is free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Both Papyrus Author and Scrivener are designed for heavy-duty, serious writing, and I can recommend both of them. Grammarly is like having a style manual at your fingertips.

Ulysses

I used to use Ulysses on my mobiles, but recently deleted it, because I wanted a tool I could use on all three of my machines, and Ulysses is only available for iOS and MacOS. Not Windows. But if you’ve got a Mac, give it a try.

Summing Up

That’s it for my laptop. In my next post, I’ll cover what I use on my iPhone and iPad.

Until then, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Yet Another Writing Tool

As an author, blogger, and Medium contributor, I’m always painfully aware of language. And I use the word “painfully” advisedly: as the daughter of a mother who had a genius-level IQ, and the niece of a retired English professor, a paranoia of a kind is always present when I’m writing.

Open Live Writer, my favorite blogging tool, has a spell checker, so I’m not too worried about misspellings. But it doesn’t check grammar, punctuation, usage, or any of the other things I worry about.

Enter Grammarly, which may well be the ultimate writing assistant. The free version, which is what I’m using, performs critical grammar and spelling checks. The premium version adds:

  • Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
  • Genre-specific writing style checks
  • Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
  • Genre-specific writing style checks
  • Plagiarism detector that checks more than 8 billion web pages
  • Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure

If you’re a professional writer, you might consider the premium version; however, at $30 a month, it’s a bit rich for my blood. There are actually 3 pricing structures:

  • $29.95 a month, billed monthly
  • $19.98 a month, billed quarterly at a single payment of $59.95
  • $11.66 a month, billed annually at a single payment of $139.95

For now, I consider it a useful addition to my Writer’s Toolbox. Maybe when I win the Nobel Prize for Literature, I’ll consider upgrading to premium.

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