Tamara Ireland Stone's Four Essential Writing Tools

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Admission: I’m a software addict. Once I find a program I like, I push it to its limits and get a twisted amount of joy out of testing every single feature. I’m a gadget junkie too. I’m constantly looking for devices and apps that help me organize my world or improve my writing process.

I know. I’m a geek. I’m cool with this.

Writing sci-fi and speculative fiction means dealing with lots of information—real and fictitious worlds, multiple settings, unique characters, complex story structures, etc. I’ve discovered that the right software not only helps me organize my writing and research, it also helps me organize my thoughts.

This week, I want to share the writing tools I love, because whether you’re a software/gadget junkie or not, you might find at least one of these ideas valuable to your own unique writing process.

Here are my four essentials:

1. Scrivener

I love Scrivener, especially in the early stages of a project. I use it to organize everything from my manuscript to my most commonly used research sites.

Some writers are as evangelical about Scrivener as I am (many even more so). Some have tried it and found that it didn’t fit their needs. But from what I can tell, a lot of writers are still curious about it.

If you’re in the last category, tomorrow’s post is for you. I’m going to share Five Things I Love About Scrivener. It isn’t a perfect application, and it doesn’t fit everyone’s needs, but I’ll tell you how it fits mine.

2. Evernote
I’ve been an Evernote fan ever since this application first came out. Over the last few years, the company has made many improvements in the way it organizes and synchronizes information across all your devices, making it even more killer in the mobility department. Since I’m on the move all the time, this app works exactly the way I need it to.

I consider this essential for research. I love the way it instantly captures everything from photos to websites, and it’s just fun to work in. It’s slick.

Since this is another application I often shout about from the rooftops, I’ll going to give you an overview on Wednesday.

3. My Kindle
Wait. What is a reading device doing on my list of essential writing tools?

This might sound odd, but I do the majority of my editing on my Kindle. Once I consider a big chunk of my manuscript to be in solid shape, I want to step away from my keyboard and experience it like a reader, not a writer.

On Thursday, I’ll tell you about my weirder writing/editing tools including my Kindle and...

4. My iPhone
I mentioned that mobility thing, right?  

I spend a lot of my day writing at my desk, but I don’t stop writing just because I leave my chair. I’m often working on a scene while I’m doing the dishes or waiting to pick up my kids or when I wake up with an idea in the middle of the night.

That’s when I reach for my phone.

On Thursday, I’ll talk about my two favorite writing gadgets, my Kindle and my iPhone. Neither one was designed for writing, but I’ve found ways to make them work for me. Come back on Thursday and I’ll show you.

Tamara Ireland Stone is September's Affiliate Blogger. To find out more about our guest author positions here at the League, click here.
Blissfully married. Occasional superhero in the eyes of two remarkable small people. Animal lover. Avid reader. Gadget freak. Music addict. Dreadful cook. Happily stuck in the mid-90s. She writes young adult fiction about fun stuff like travel, music, romance, and normal people with extraordinary talents.

Her debut novel, Time Between Us, has been published in over twenty countries and has been optioned for film. The companion novel, Time After Time, will be available from Hyperion on October 8, 2013.

Time Between Us
Time After Time
by Tamara Ireland Stone
TIME BETWEEN US & TIME AFTER TIME are companion novels by Tamara Ireland Stone. TIME BETWEEN US, told from Anna's point of view, is available now. TIME AFTER TIME continues the story from Bennett's perspective, and will be available on October 8, 2013.

Time Between Us: Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time. Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.


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