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    Emily D
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    Hey writers!

    So, I was wondering: What is your favourite tool (or tools) to use as a writer? I probably should say that I’m referring to “tool” as a resource or source of inspiration. And, before you say it, Kingdom Pen, its courses, articles, et cetera, go without saying. πŸ˜‰

    Mine is probably *drum roll* the thesaurus. I love it, I love it, I love it. And seriously, where else are you going to be reminded of words like “accolade,” “crestfallen,” or “sultry?”

    I’d love to hear what your favourite resources are!

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    On the same line, if you have a mac, right-clicking on a word and then selecting “look up ‘word'” will bring up a dictionary, thesaurus, and short Wikipedia description of that word. It’s super helpful. If you have a laptop, it’s even easier. Simply hover the mouse over a word and then tap the trackpad with three fingers.

    I love macs. πŸ˜€


    Josiah DeGraaf
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    @emily-d “The Emotion Thesaurus” by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (sp?). Really excellent book that gives you all the shortcuts you need to portray emotions effectively through body language and dialogue.

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    Kate Flournoy
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    @emily-d my brain… πŸ˜›
    *coughs* What, that’s not what you meant? *grins* In all honesty, I think I must’ve short-changed myself when it comes to tools besides my imagination because now that you asked (and ruled out KP) I can’t think of a single one I depend on regularly. Besides ones I’ve invented and they’re more like theories than tools. So… yeah. My brain.
    I just got Scrivener though and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so that may be an up and coming option on the list.

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    @emily-d I actually get a lot of ideas just by browsing baby name websites. Just seeing what certain names mean kind of give me ideas for characters. *shrugs* Other than that, I mostly just us KP and my brain.

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    Mariposa Aristeo
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    @emily-d The thesaurus is always a handy toolβ€”Aberdeen uses it all the time. πŸ˜‰

    Tools? Well, as for books, articles, or websites, there isn’t one I’ve found more useful than another. I usually acquire my information from a conglomeration of sources. I did find an article about on-the-nose writing by Jerry B. Jenkins that was very helpful.


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    This may sound kinda obvious, but I think the tool I use most is either my computer or my phone–but I probably use my phone more. The notepad feature is awesome and really easy to use, but there’s also a Microsoft Word app… @emily-d



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    My favorite tool is music. Yep. Music. It is that absolute best thing for writing in the world. So inspiring. I think I like music better than the thesaurus and dictionary. Especially epic music. *nods*

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    @dragon-snapper Ah yes, music is pretty inspiring XD If I want to write but I don’t have any inspiration, I listen to Hurricane from Hamilton. I dunno why, but that always seems to inspire me to write.

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    Kate Flournoy
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    @dragon-snapper *sniffs* Music used to be one of mine too, actually. Until I got a hearing problem that made it so I can’t wear earphones. *weeps pathetically* I’d use it both for inspiration and to drown out the noise around me (our house has an entirely open floorplan so there’s not a whole lot of quiet ;P) but blasting it loud enough without earphones to drown the noise distracts everyone else. πŸ˜›
    What are some of your favorites?

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    @emily-d Music is helpful. I enjoy listening to hymns, country music, and Tree of Life. I also use the dictionary and thesaurus thing on my mac like @daeus. It makes life so easy. I sometimes look up names for people in my story online, but not very often. Most of the time a name just comes to me or I ask someone else. The thing I use most is definitely the thesaurus.

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    @emily-d Nameberry.com, google drive , Wikipedia I know I’ll think of more stuff later.


    Louise Fowler
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    @emily-d Let’s see. fantasynamegnerators.com is one of my favourite resources. I noticed a few people said their brain, and I agree, but I’m also going to add my friends’ brains. πŸ˜› Nothing helps me more than brainstorming and picking the brain of my alpha-alpha-reader. πŸ˜€

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    @emily-d my two favourite resources are a) my 20 step plot outlines and b) my notebook. I’ve always been a pantser, but I found that didn’t help me finish projects. somewhere, and I really wish I could remember where, I read about the 20 step plot outline, which is essentially twenty steps through your novel 1 being the beginning and 20 being the last scene. I’ve found it super helpful.
    and my writer’s notebook. I have one for each novel I work on and I write absolutely everything in it: character sketches, plot ideas, random buzzy plot bunnies and research. Its great to keep it all in one place and is definitely a fantastic resource if you don’t have one.


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    @emily-d GAH, there are so many. I’ve got to say though, the The Emotions Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is one of the greatest things ever. Especially for me, a Thinker who doesn’t process emotions quite as… emotionally… as most normal people.

    And Scrivener is great. I just got it, but already love it.

    And Audiomachine music. Wow.


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