A Self-publisher's Guide to Essential Writing Tools

Submitted by don | Category: General Interest | Published on Oct 22, 2010
The basic and essential writing tools for self-published authors.

"Invention is the mother of necessity" -Thorstein Veblen, US economist and social philosopher

The birth of the digital age has grown a long way in offering convenience to the society. There has been a great evolution from writing on papers, to typewriters, up to electronic writing gadgets. Self-publishing takes with an extra challenge since the entire publication lies upon the hands of the author. There are a whole lot of writing resources and software that are very much helpful to ironing out writing priorities and finally finishing that book.

BookWhirl.com offers this essential list of writing tools: Word Processors This tool is possibly the next best thing aside from your pen and paper. Word processors let you type and create documents. You can easily type in your manuscripts with ease and convenience. Besides basic formatting, it also gives you a hand when counting characters, words, sentences, lines, paragraphs, and pages. Most word processors also contain letter formats.

So, you wouldn't worry that much to creating and sending business letters. It's definitely a top essential tool for every writer. Examples: Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Org, Word Viewer, Word Pro, Apple iWork, Applix Word, AbiWord, etc. Fiction-Writing Software Packages - For writers who are venturing on novels and screenplays, there are quite a number of software that can help you with pitching your manuscripts. These kinds of software are significant for character and scene organization. It can certainly help segregate your thoughts, making it tidy, and to having more room for creative ideas. Examples: Fiction Master, Dramatica Pro, Contour, NewNovelist, Character Pro, QuickStory, Writers Cafe, etc.

Organizing and Formatting Manuscripts

It's tough to realize that when you're almost at the end of your book, everything is still not organized. If your head is aching on keeping track with your manuscripts, formatting software can help ease your problem. With this kind of software, it won't be too difficult to weave in cluttered up scenes and chapters. Examples: Wizards for Word (a powerful plug-in for MS-WORD), Prose Pro, Celtex, Scrivener, etc.

Gantt Chart Generator

When you know the progress of your schedule, it's easier to beat deadlines. Gantt Chart generators will help every author schedule tasks that are to be done on a given day. It lets you plot your schedule, and is capable to let you see your current schedule status. Moreover, it encourages to beat little deadlines so there won't be too much to do in one day. Gantt Charts were basically made to ease project management. Examples: Gantt Chart Builder System, Gantt Chart Creator for Excel, Gantt Chart Library, etc. Whether you're coming up with a novel or a self-help book on digital photography, it's good to know that there are applications that help ease our writing needs. These writing tools can efficiently assist technical aspects. But we shouldn't forget that there are significant people around who are willing to do more than just that, to help you through thick and thin, even after the day you get to publish your book.


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