Tools I Use

Here are some tools and resources I use for writing, editing, blogging, and crafting. I hope you find them useful.

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For Writing and Editing

Canva

If you love creating images with thousands of colorful pre-set images and fonts to choose from, Canva is the place for you! It’s like a candy store for creatives. I use it for so many things, from story boarding to social media posts. It is chock full of templates, graphics, and business aids, such as brand building and scheduling posts directly to social media. You can use it for Free or upgrade to their Pro Plan. For tutorials on how to use Canva, click here.

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Grammarly

Grammarly is great for catching mistakes! Even as writers we sometimes look right past obvious typos and errors because our eyes have become accustomed to what we see. A fresh pair of eyes is always useful, but before I share my manuscript with others, I use Grammarly to catch errors that Word doesn’t catch. Grammarly also makes suggestions based on tone, appropriate audience, and engagement quality. It has a free plan and offers premium services as well. Try Grammarly FREE here. Or click on the image below.


Instant Grammar Check

Scrivener

Scrivener is my favorite writing tool. I use it to organize my stories. For picture books you can use it to organize scenes for each page. For longer projects, you can isolate each chapter, add scenes, and rearrange them easily. There is a corkboard page just for random notes and ideas, and you can upload images. I like to find images on the internet that serve as inspiration for characters, settings, and themes. I see Scrivener as a digital version of a project notebook. I keep everything in one place and then when the project is done, I can easily upload the text to publishing software. You can start their Free Trial here.

Scrivener

For Crafting

I like to use items that are easily found around the house for my projects, so that most craft projects I offer are either recycled or upcycled. But, for basic supplies, such as scissors, glue, crafts sticks, and wiggle eyes, I use Amazon. I can’t resist fun, colorful art supplies. Can you? Here are a few favorites below. Click on the photos to find out more.

 

For Home Office

I think a home office for creators is a little different from what you might find in a corporate office building. I like furniture that allows for easy movement and accessibility, as well as fun, fresh colors that help stimulate the mind and encourage the free flow of one’s imagination. My own office consists of a mod-podge collection of pieces from the past 30 years. I will share a tour of my home office in a future blog post. But, here are a few worthy items for any creator’s home office I found from Amazon. Click on the photos to find out more.

Writing Supplies

Does anyone else get a thrill from attractive writing supplies? Okay that does sound weird. But, I love to find supplies like pens, pencils, journals, notebooks, and organizers that are pleasing too look at. Floral prints are my favorite, but any pretty design will catch my eye. For writers, it’s the little things that sometimes make life most pleasurable. Here are a few writing supplies I love from Amazon. Click on the photos to find out more.

 


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