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My Top 5 Writing Tools

Today I’m sharing some of the tools I use to write (apart from, you know, a laptop and Microsoft Word). I used to think that I didn’t need any extra things to write, and that just over-complicates things – but these really streamline the process and keep things organised.

Some of these were recommended by Ava Jae (who has basically the best writing blog ever. Follow her.)


Workflowy

This is such a simple concept for a website, but it’s completely changed my work life. I must use it twenty times a day. It’s literally just a To Do list, with expandable and hidden bullet points that you can manipulate according to what you’re working on.

My favourite thing about it is that it’s an app too, that syncs automatically with the website. Like a dork, for years I’ve been sending myself emails of my To Do lists to get them from my phone to my computer. This does that for me automatically now! No more emails to myself! I’m so happy!!

Every time I have a new little bit of an idea for a project, I write it in here first, and later compile it into my word documents. This is extra handy as I usually come up with ideas late at night or while reading other books, rather than when I’m sitting at my computer ‘working’!

I also use it to compile links of things I want to look at on a later date, which might be useful when writing, like this list of NASA sci fi terms.

Here’s my current writing list:

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myWriteClub

This is a website for writers which lets you personalise goals for writing or editing, and since I started using this site, it’s become a vital part of my writing routine. It has a lot of the same features as the NaNoWriMo website, but it’s available all year long and has less pressure.

It helps me keep organised, stops me feeling overwhelmed or panicking about how little time I have left to do things. Here are some of my goals. If you use it, you can add me as a friend here.

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Tumblr

This might not seem like an obvious one, but tumblr is actually the most inspiring and creative writing tool I have. I tag everything that reminds me of my books on my blog, and whenever I need inspiration or get stuck, I scroll through them for ideas.

Here’s some of my tags: The Last Beginning, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Ghost House.

The Emotion Thesaurus

13554235One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

This writing tool encourages authors to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.

There’s a whole series of these ‘writer’s guides’, and I’m not convinced by most of them, but this one is really useful. It’s often hard to isolate the physical reactions of people’s emotions, and this is a collection of lists of possible reactions. I keep it by my desk and flick through it when I need a description other than ‘he sighed’ or ‘she let out a breath’. Very useful.

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Ambient Noise Generator

I’m currently doing my final set of edits on my third book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. It’s set entirely on a spaceship, so I’ve been listening to this ambient spaceship noise generator constantly. It’s like white noise, but more atmospheric. It really helps me focus. I love this cave water one too (although my mum keeps telling me to turn it off because it makes her need to wee!).


In other news: New event announced at Waterstones Birmingham – Michelle Toy in conversation with Jennifer Niven and Lauren James,  18th November, 6.30pm, – Tickets available here.

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Superstar authors Jennifer Niven and Lauren James join us for an exciting evening of conversation with Tales Of Yesterday Blogger – Michelle Toy! They’ll be discussing the trials and tribulations of being a teenager of today, as well as first-loves, mental health and time travel! Expect plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some serious business, ask your burning questions and get your books signed.

Jennifer Niven is the author behind the tear-jerkers All the Bright Placesand Holding Up The Universe. Lauren James is the author of the time travelling-romance duology, The Next Together and The Last BeginningThis event is £3. (ticket price redeemable against a copy of one book)

I’m VERY excited about this!

My Kate/Matt short story is now up on Wattpad. If you use the site, please vote it up for me? Thank you!

I love this blog post by Non Pratt.

I’m obsessed with this book:

Finally: I’m so sorry, America. ❤

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October favourites | Six Feet Under | The Fair Fight | Lumberjanes + Giveaway!

Previously: April | May | June | July | August | September

It’s November!  12185278_10207550235175550_366595909160770686_oThis week is the publication of The Next Together in Australia and my friend Alice Oseman’s e-novella This Winter! To celebrate, Alice and I are doing a giveaway of signed copies of our books . . . with a twist. Both books will be annotated by each other! The winner will receive a copy of Solitaire signed by Alice and annotated with notes by me, and a copy of The Next Together signed by me and annotated by Alice (with maybe a few drawings too…). You can enter the giveaway (which I want to win myself tbh…) by reblogging this tumblr post.

Alright, onto my faves!


TV series: Six Feet UnderSix-Feet-Under-010

I didn’t know much about this series before I started it, but I was in the mood for some black humour after reading a lot of horror for Hallowe’en, so I gave it a go. And it’s so good!

I can’t even choose a favourite character because I just love the whole family so much. I’m really looking forward to finishing my edits on The Last Beginning so I can properly marathon the whole thing like it deserves.

App: Little Alchemyscreen480x480

I’m mad into this app. It’s like minecraft, if minecraft was a 2D crafting game. It’s addictive and logical and great for long train journeys (of which I have many).

25399646Book: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

This comes blurbed by my fave Sarah Waters and recommended by my friend Charlie (who I interviewed here) so I was willing to read it based on that alone. But it’s also about female Victorian boxers! Add to that excellence a lot of diversity, drama, smallpox, vices and females manipulating men to get what they want, and it’s the best book I’ve read in ages.

Music: Of Monsters and Men OM-M-BENEATHTHESKIN-800px_800

I’m going to see this band live next week, so I had to include them for that reason alone. I can’t wait to see what kind of crowd turns up for this lovely folk-y band. Listen to Organs, which is my song of the moment for book 4, which I’m writing soon (AS SOON AS I FINISH MY EDITS, PROMISE).


Comic: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen

22554204This is a super cute and whimsical comic about a group of girls at a camp where magical, evil things start happening. It’s very upbeat and modern and diverse and I’m in love in a big way. Volume 3 isn’t out until April and I’m SO READY.

Website: MyWriteClub

This is a website for writers, recommended to me by Ava Jae (who has basically the best writing blog ever, and her first book isn’t even out yet! That’s skills.) It lets you personalise goals for writing or editing, and since I started using this site, it’s become a vital part of my writing routine. It has a lot of the same features as the NaNoWriMo website, but it’s available all year long and has less pressure.

It helps me keep organised, stops me feeling overwhelmed or panicking about how little time I have left to do things. Here are my current goals. If you use it, you can add me as a friend here.mywrite


In other news: You can enter a raffle to win a signed copy of The Next Together and lots of other amazing prizes to raise money for the charity Mind here.

box 2The Next Together was included in an Australian subscription box The YA Chronicles for the October theme of ‘time and time again’! It came with River Song’s journal, a time turner and some ‘timeless hearts’ bath melts and honestly it just looks incredible! I’m a little jealous!
📷: @bedazzledbybooks

Finally, good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo this month. The Next Together started out life as a nano, so if I can do it, you can too!