8 essential tools for professional writers

These online (and on-leash) assistants can help you gather and develop ideas, create workable first drafts and hone your writing projects.

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I’m sentimental about many things, but not writing tools. Instead, I look for frictionless tools that ease the process, not complicate it.

Part 6 of “Everybody Writes” is stuffed full of a bajillion tools that can help a content creator be more efficient, but which are my favorites?

Here they are, in the order I use them:

1. Moleskine, Field Notes

I don’t keep a journal, because I don’t have the patience or discipline or interest to write only for myself. I do use these tools to record minutiae, ephemera and thoughts and observations I might be able to use somewhere, somehow, someday.

The pages of my Moleskine notebook and pocket-size Field Notes read like one long, weird list of things I might source from a Content Store, if such thing as a Content Store existed: blog post ideas, projects, things I read that I think are cool, words I want to look up later.

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