Our Team Reveals Their Favorite Writing Tools
If only we had a magic wand that takes the stories out of our heads and puts them on paper. But alas, no such magical item exists. But we do have various tools such as editing software or hardware like pens and journals that help to ease this sometimes arduous task of writing we’ve elected to pursue. We asked PWN team members to share what tools help them get the words out of their heads and on the paper. Check it out, you might find a new tool to help you!
Lisa Hartsgrove, PWN program coordinator and instructor who will lead the upcoming Painting with Words workshop on Friday, March 25, says:
“When drafting, I like to write with pen and paper so the delete button isn’t right there urging me to erase every word. I don’t have a favorite notebook—I will write on anything I can find. My favorite pen, though, is the FriXion Clicker, an erasable pen, so clearly I still have a problem with that! And for revision, I type my words into a Google document so it’s easier to revise and play around with organization.”
FriXion Clicker, FriXion Clicker, that’s fun to say! Thanks, Lisa!
Elizabeth (Liz) Jannuzzi, PWN’s operations & communications manager as well as a Memoir Incubator student, shares:
“I stumbled across this editing tool called the Hemingway App. I don’t use it all the time but if I’m feeling like my sentences are clunky and I don’t know how to revise them, this tool helps you see where the problems are and how to trim your sentences down. Plus, it’s fun!”
Cool Liz, thanks! We can’t wait to try it!
Pamela K. Johnson, who is teaching Having Your Say: Op-Ed & Expository Writing this Spring Session II, says:
“I really like the book planning software Plottr. It helps me arrange and rearrange scenes, plots, and characters. I highly recommend it!”
We love a good organizing tool. Thanks for sharing, Pamela.
Céline Keating, who co-leads PWN’s Novel Incubator, says she using nothing but a pen, paper, and computer!
That’s old school, Céline! We like it!
Shanda McManus, who is co-leading PWN’s Memoir Incubator, shares:
“Whenever I start a new piece or revision, I do it by hand. So my muji pen 0.5mm gel is essential for me. I can spill ideas across the page easily.”
Oooh, yes! We love how a gel pen feels on paper. Thanks, Shanda! Good luck revising.
PWN’s newest instructor, Kerri Sullivan, says:
“My tool is cheap notebooks. Though bookstores often stock expensive notebooks whose fancy paper and inspirational quotes offer writers a space to treat their writing with the reverence it deserves, I have never been able to use them. I can only get anything done in under-$5 notebooks from drugstores whose cheap paper I’m unafraid to mess up with my roughest drafts.”
We love that you buy your notebooks at “drugstores!” Thanks for sharing, Kerri!