Think as you want to swim. You will not learn how to swim until you jump right into the pool. You will not understand the depth of the water until you jump right in or you will not have the joy of a good swim until you swim.
Yes, I know, it is scary and hard but, one day you’ll thank yourself for taking the risk. Treat writing as the same way you swim. You definitely have to take the risk and jump right in.
I have been trying so many writing tools to find the best. That is all. End of the story. I did not write a single word because I was not satisfied. My mind said, find the best. This is not good enough for you to start.
That is how tricky our mind. It plays with you and finds reasons not to start writing. Find reasons to procrastinate. You have to get to know your mind and don’t give any reason not to write right now.
In here, I want to recommend you just two amazing writing tools. That is all you want for any kinds of writing such as script, novel, screenplay, blog, or academic writing.
With my “app testing” experience for years, I could have recommended you dozens of writing tools but, for beginners, these two writing tools are more than enough.
Scrivener is the first tool I want to recommend which is created by a company called Literature and Latte.
I use Scrivener as word processing app for all my writings, but most people use Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. I am not saying that Word or Pages are bad. Those are excellent, but not just enough for beginners like you and me.
When it comes to an expert writer, it does not matter Word or Scrivener or paper and a pencil.
We will also be able to do that when we practiced writing to some extent. But, until that, we have to stay focused and find every little trick to keep our mind focused on writing.
Usually, when we want to write something, we go to the computer and open Microsoft Word, right?
Your brain already feels how annoying thing you are going to do. The brain knows every experience you had with the Microsoft Word. So, hesitation for writing has already begun.
Sometimes, you don’t even know the reason but, just after you’ve opened the Word, you don’t want to do anything on the white surface. Mind says, sleep, play a game, or watch Netflix.
That is why you need something new such as Scrivener.
The latest version Scrivener 3 is $49 for Mac users and $45 for Windows users, but if you have purchased the Scrivener 2 already, you can upgrade with the discounted price for $26 (45% discount).
And, of course, it has an educational license for students and academics. It is expensive. I know but, it is a one-time payment and consider it as a great investment. You will not regret purchasing this. I can promise you that.
Scrivener offers free 30 days trial too. It allows you to work on the full version for 30 days. If you use it for only two days a week, it lasts fifteen weeks. Honestly, I have never heard a trial version works this way.
The most important feature of the Scrivener is, you can manage all your different projects, chapters, articles, research, notes, pdf, screenshots, and everything you want in a single dashboard.
It has a binder at the left side of the panel, and everything organized there. Scrivener is basically a virtual binder which is easy to use.
You know how hard to do this in Microsoft Word. To find something, you have to browse everywhere on the computer. So, Word complicates things for you.
I do not want to talk about all the great features it has. If I do, I will have to write at least 5000 words. Just try this fantastic writing tool.
The other amazing and must-have writing tool is Grammarly.
I have mentioned this several times in this blog. Again, I want to tell you that I do not speak or write perfect grammar.
So, when I was started writing, one of the worst fears was my grammar errors. I didn’t want people to see my grammar and spelling errors.
Grammarly helped me to overcome that fear. It is not just a grammar and spelling checker now. Grammarly has introduced so many new features recently, and those are pretty amazing. With those features, now it is far better than a few years ago.
The best thing about this tool is, it has both free and premium versions. You can install Grammarly browser extensions on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. It also offers desktop app and add-on for Microsoft Word (only for Windows).
I don’t want to describe all the great features. Just go to its website, and you’ll see.
Most probably, I am still making some grammar errors on my articles even with the Grammarly in action because it is not perfect. But, it helps me a lot to develop a daily writing habit and write confidently.
That is why I invest in the premium version without any hesitation.
Even if you have all the necessary writing tools, you have to do a few more things to make writing exciting and develop it as a habit.
Before you go into bed at the end of the day just open and pin at least two blog posts onto your browser that you want to read and enjoy. Make sure that you select those blog posts from your area of interest and obviously from the best bloggers, not the biggest bloggers in the niche.
Next morning, right after you get out of the bed, go to your computer (with a tea) and start reading those pinned articles.
Then open your word processing app and start writing. Just write. If you couldn’t think of anything to write, type “I wanna become a writer” and write it 100 times. That is about 500 words, no?
Or rewrite one of the articles you’ve just finished in your own words.
Do not laugh. It helps. We want to move our fingers on the keyboard until our brain is ready to write.
I want you to use these amazing writing tools at least the free/trial versions. Then you can decide your next move.
This article is not just to promote theses apps or make affiliate sales. Those are all secondary. My primary goal is to help beginners like me because I remember how I was struggling to write my first article for years.
I wrote about my writing fears and how I defeated those fears and wrote my first article. I believe that you would find that article appealing.
If you have any question regards to these two writing tools, please let me know in the comment section below or contact me. I will answer all the questions within 24 hrs.
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