My Favorite Literary Writing Tools and Apps

The pursuit of writing has many stages: there’s the research and inspiration gathering, the planning out of an idea, the actual pounding out the words on a keyboard (or in a notebook), the revising and organizing where a story is headed, and the submitting and publishing of (mostly) completed work.

For each stage, I have found tools that help me pursue my craft better and with greater convenience. I have compiled a list of my personal favorites, though I’d love to hear about your favorite writing tools in the comments!

Rules of Writing: Tell the Truth About You

I am a type 3 on the Enneagram. Some people call like to call us type threes the “performers” or “achievers.” I like to say, we get shit done, and we look good doing it.

The dark side to this achievement is an underlying desire for everyone around us to admire us. I like to be liked – but it’s more than that. I NEED to be liked. I LONG for others to look up to me. When I first realized my enneagram type, I cried because I felt so naked recognizing the ugliness of my own heart. How could I be that person?

Rules of Writing: Show, Don’t Tell

I want to taste, I want to smell, I want to see, I want to feel, I want to hear. A carnal writer takes you into the middle the scene, into the center of the action, where you can sweat alongside her character. Carnality makes the characters breathe on the page, and holds the reader’s attention, no matter the genre. Carnality gives your narrative teeth.