Best Writing Apps

These are my favorite writing apps. I'll tell you why I use them and how they might help you. I've only included apps that I use daily. Nothing else. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It's simply the result of 10 years of testing many different kinds of writing apps and discovering what makes a great workflow.

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Writing Apps

 

Scrivener (MacOS, Windows

Scrivener is the go-to app for writers of all kinds, used every day by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, students, academics, lawyers, journalists, translators and more. And after trying lots of different writing apps, it has become my personal favorite writing app of all time.

ConnectedText (Windows)

ConnectedText is a personal wiki which runs on Windows, (or macOS using a Windows emulator). I use it for world-building and outlining large scale projects like a series of fantasy novels.

Bear (iOS & MacOS)

Bear is perfect for everything from quick notes to in-depth essays. It's a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose.

SimpleNote (All OS Platforms)

Simplenote is a note-taking application with markdown support. In addition to cross-platform apps, it can be accessed via most web browsers.

 

Recommended Reading For Fiction

These are the books that have helped me improve my writing the most.

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

Absolutely, my all time favorite book on the craft of writing! This book has single-handedly taken me from a being crappy writer to publishable.

Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years.

This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

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Also!

(in no particular order)

 

On Writing by Stephen King

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, Stephen King’s critically lauded, classic bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists.

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for all writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether they are newcomers or old hands, students or instructors, amateurs or professionals. As the always clear and direct Stein explains here, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions--how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." 

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course?

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

The updated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's ongoing work on mythology's influence on stories, movies, and man himself. The previous two editons of this book have sold over 180,000 units, making this book a 'classic' for screenwriters, writers, and novelists.

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass

In The Fire in Fiction, successful literary agent and author Donald Maass shows you not only how to infuse your story with deep conviction and fiery passion, but how to do it over and over again. 

Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins

Want to bring characters to life on the page as vividly as fine actors do on the stage or screen? Getting Into Character will give you a whole new way of thinking about your writing. 

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided.

The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict.

Hooked by Les Edgerton

In Hooked, Les Edgerton draws on his experience as a successful fiction writer and teacher to help you overcome the weak openings that lead to instant rejection by showing you how to successfully use the ten core components inherent to any great beginning.

StoryFix by Larry Brooks

Filled with candid advice on the realities of the publishing world and helpful case studies of real authors who fixed their own stories, Story Fix isn't just about revision--it's about resurrection. Infuse your fiction with a much-needed jolt of electricity, and bring it back to life.

Story Physics by Larry Brooks

 In Story Physics, best-selling author Larry Brooks introduces you to six key literary forces that, when leveraged in just the right way, enable you to craft a story that's primed for success--and publication.

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story--and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. 

The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

It's a writer's job to create compelling characters who can withstand life's fallout without giving up. But building authentic, memorable heroes is no easy task. To forge realistic characters, we must hobble them with flaws that set them back while giving them positive attributes to help them achieve their goals. 

The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. But the task has become easier thanks to The Negative Trait Thesaurus.

 

The Art Of Storytelling

A collection of over 100 video essays from YouTube that dissect how writers tell stories in books and in film. Each video automatically plays after the one you just watched. Grab a snack, click play, and have fun while you learn!

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Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you in achieving your goals and writing an effective story.

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