Creativity Productivity & Work

A Variety of Writing Tools

There are countless writing applications:

Apple Notes, Pages, ByWord, Drafts App, Evernote, Medium, Tumblr, Squarespace, 1Writer, iA Writer, Scrivener, Google Docs, Word…

As a blogger who takes notes and writes on the go, I’ve tried them all but I actively use a few of them, mostly Byword, Drafts, and iA Writer. I also switch between the apps on mobile, desktop, and tablet. Shifting formats help stimulate new thinking.

Using pen and paper, writing in the cafe, at home, at work, or making mental notes in the shower all have the same effect: they help me think differently. Even writing with headphones and listneing to the same track on repeat helps me get the words out. When I’m really struggling, I use dictation to write.

Most writers have a favorite pen, pad, and place they prefer to write. Their habit triggers productivity. For me, the same habits and tools make me feel stuck.

Alternating apps, formats, and environments helps me write more creatively. This variegated process inspires me publish a daily blog post.

More on writing apps from the archive:

Lightweight Apps for Writing

The Right Tools: Apps That Will Save You Time and Headaches

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.