What are your "tools of trade"?

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I think those are the right words. Correct me if I'm wrong, and I'll fix it. :3

Anyway, what are your basic writing essentials?

Mine are my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, seeing how I use my iPad to write. It helps a lot when I'm on the go since I tend to get into the writing mood wherever I am. I also have this small notebook that I've been trying to use to jot down ideas. Of course, I also count my iPod because music helps me focus on my writing and all that~ Can't think of anything else right off hand.

So, how about y'all? <3
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Just my laptop really. I use Google Docs and Word mostly.
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Same as above. I usually write with music but that really depends on my mood since I also tend to be distracted easily
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My desktop and Scrivener are preferred, but if I'm lying in bed, I'll my phone and Google Docs. I very rarely ever write with pen and paper anymore, but I used to do that sometimes. I'd carry around a notebook or some folded printer paper if I was really desperate :P
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a million google docs 'cause they struggle to load more than 15k words
too many folders in an attempt at organizing

& when i dont have a phone it's Literally Any paper + writing utensil. crayons and cardboard if i aint got anything, i Don't Care as long as the ideas get down

i do actually like hand-writing things, especially stuff that i need to picture/organize. lot of arrows and rewriting and getting things in order; it's easier for me to do on paper than typed.
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Lately Google Docs for both writing and notes. I used to use Evernote, but now these days I use that to save research stuff.
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👌 Google 👌 Docs 👌
Sometimes maybe even Sheets. I just like organizing.

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google docs i use the most in terms of writing programs, but i also will use microsoft word or openoffice. if i'm really lazy, i'll sometimes use the notes app on my phone lol. i will also listen to music and stuff too while i write sometimes. another site i use is toyhou.se to store my characters and like. keep a list of their basic descriptions, personality, etc. just for reference.
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a million google docs 'cause they struggle to load more than 15k words
too many folders in an attempt at organizing

& when i dont have a phone it's Literally Any paper + writing utensil. crayons and cardboard if i aint got anything, i Don't Care as long as the ideas get down

i do actually like hand-writing things, especially stuff that i need to picture/organize. lot of arrows and rewriting and getting things in order; it's easier for me to do on paper than typed.
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When I write, I do it preferably on a specially designed mechanical keyboard where I chose the switches because they were light yet not easy to press by mistake. They have a distinct click and tactile bump and a lovely sound. To type on them really makes typing more soothing and fun! I ensure that my screen is lit quite low also, compared to when I play games, as I don't want my eyes to be strained; I always type with dark text on bright background.

Occasionally I sit like a potato in my couch and type on my old laptop, but the keyboard is naturally not at all as comfortable (I actually type this on it right now haha). Some days, couch writing just is more comfy in other ways, like I can have nice music and a calm video on in the backgroudn on my TV, and a cat next to me on the couch etc.

It's been a long time since I wrote with pencil and paper. But I really used to only do that, in my teens. Typing creative texts on a computer was almost unthinkable, as it didn't feel at all as satisfying. i think I only started doing that when I started RPing here on PC :) It was satisfying in a different way to see your finished RP post in the thread! Not quite sure it beats flipping through your written physical papers but... Still nice ;)

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My desktop and Scrivener are preferred, but if I'm lying in bed, I'll my phone and Google Docs. I very rarely ever write with pen and paper anymore, but I used to do that sometimes. I'd carry around a notebook or some folded printer paper if I was really desperate :P
I use Scrivener as well... but on my iPad. I also don't write the "traditional" way because it puts stress on my wrist. I do try to carry a small notebook around with me for any ideas I might get! btw, I love your theme CiCi! Purple is best color imo. <3
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I typically write on my phone. I haven’t written anything on paper in ages. I just find it easier to write on my phone as I’m faster at typing than writing. Plus when I’m writing a lot my handwriting can be a little... hard to read.

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I typically write on my phone. I haven’t written anything on paper in ages. I just find it easier to write on my phone as I’m faster at typing than writing. Plus when I’m writing a lot my handwriting can be a little... hard to read.
That's impressive. Touch screen finger typing? Do you type up fiction in that way?

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That's impressive. Touch screen finger typing? Do you type up fiction in that way?
It’s an iPhone, so yes:) i mostly write one shots nowadays but I do type those up on the google docs app on my phone whenever I get a burst of inspiration.

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I typically write on my phone.
That sounds like a nightmare :')
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Usually, I use my laptop where I use google docs to do everything, although I recently use Trello to keep track of the finer details. Used to write on my phone too, but after my last phone got crushed when it fell down from my jacket pocket, the replacement doesn't felt as responsive during the writing process so it's purely laptop right now.

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That sounds like a nightmare :')
Ehh, it can be. Is just faster to type on my phone. Easy to erase.
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I think those are the right words. Correct me if I'm wrong, and I'll fix it. :3

Anyway, what are your basic writing essentials?
I use an iPad as well. In fact, I sometimes use Google keyboard, which allows you to swipe write, and this actually makes typing like around 300% faster. :)

'Tools of the trade' may also mean your writing techniques. Some that come off the top of my head, is when I write out the plan, I use the full plethora of formatting: italics, bold, underline, strike-through, red colour, purple, to communicate to myself what kind of information is this, or the quality of it. I also seperate my Plan into five or eight Blocks, so everything I need from say chapter 1-3 would be in Block 1, and I wouldn't have to read through the rest of the 63 page plan. As you can tell, the tools writers have can vary a lot depending on what they're writing, lol.
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I use my HP chromebook for writing because I just like how it feels while typing. I do use my big PC sometimes, but my chromebook is definitely my go-to because of how typing feels on it. I have small hands and thin fingers. I like to use google docs for personal things but when I publish things I tend to veer toward Quotev and Wattpad.
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I really like using wordcounter.net - not just for word count, it lets you know how often certain words are used. Then if I've used a particular word too many times, thesaurus.com is always open so I can swap it out and make the vocabulary a little wider :) also a big fan of Google Docs - the auto save is an absolute life saver!

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I really like using wordcounter.net - not just for word count, it lets you know how often certain words are used. Then if I've used a particular word too many times, thesaurus.com is always open so I can swap it out and make the vocabulary a little wider :) also a big fan of Google Docs - the auto save is an absolute life saver!
It's a great resource that one.
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