Tools I use

Beginning Tools I’ve Used:

I’ve tried many types of tools for my writing. Most online, some offline. It took four years for me to find that perfect writing structure and the tools to help with that structure before I found what I was looking for. At least, for now.

I first started with OpenOffice. I’m sure many of you have heard of it or used it before. So I won’t explain what the software has. But I will admit that it is a word processor much like Microsoft Word. Instead, it’s FREE. Before using OpenOffice, I did the free trial of Scrivener when I had a MacBook Pro. I’m sure you can guess how lacking it felt to move from such a robust software dedicated towards novel writers. To a software that’s not.

After the trial ended, I was still a bit undecided to buy the full version of Scrivener and tried to find different software’s to take its place.

Some of the offline software I used were:
  • Storyist *Mac Only* (similar to Scrivener though not much talked about.)
  • Focuswriter (good for first drafts.)
  • LibreOffice (more robust and structured than OpenOffice.)
  • Jutoh (mostly for ebook formattingĀ  but can be used to write the novels.)
Online writing platforms:
  • Hiveword (novel organizer.)
  • Litlift ( an old-fashioned online novel writing platform.)
  • My favorite Writer by BigHugeLabs (online typewriter that goes where you go and automatically saves as you write, also distraction free.)
  • Noisli ( Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise.)
  • Last but not least my second favorite on this list is a site called typWrittr (an alternative to BigHugeLabs, you’re able to add your own backgrounds to help with bringing yourself back into the zone of your writing.)

None of these tools is Scrivener level but they are simple and they can get the job done. It’s worth looking into if you want the ability to take your works with you on the go without fear of losing them.

Other Software:

  • Ywriter *Windows Only* (it’s considered the windows version of Scrivener.)
  • Bibisco (open source software made specifically for Linux but it’s cross-platform.)
  • Google Docs (Google’s online word processor.)

Daily Used Tools:

Now for my favorite part of this post. The tools I use today. After jumping around from software to platform over the span of four years. I’ve finally found the best software’s that works for me. Though even now I’ll discover new products worth giving a try.

Writing Software:

  • Scrivener
  • YWriter 6


  • Indesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • PagePlus X9

Note Taking:

  • Evernote or Onenote


  • Hemingway
  • Prowriting Aid
  • Grammarly
  • Ginger
  • Natural Reader (to read out the words to me.)

Cover Designs:

  • Photoshop (mostly use this one)
  • Gimp
  • Affinity Photo (sometimes may use this software)

Book Reader:

  • FoxitReader

As you can see, I use many different types of software but it’s helped me so far. Everyone’s writing process is different for all of us. I am simply bringing some awareness on these programs for other writers to take into consideration. In case Scrivener is not working for them or they would rather not use it entirely.

Of course, it’s up to you. If you are using these platforms or intend too. Leave a comment on this post and let me know. Or if you have some questions about a specific platform on this list, ask away.

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