Archive for the ‘ Writing Tools ’ Category

Stand up, sit down, rinse, repeat

Sitting down in front of a computer all day is bad for your health, and yet that's exactly what most writers - indeed, most office workers of all stripes - do these days. The latest craze is the "standing" desk (or, for some, the treadmill desk), to keep upright as you complete your work. But is standing up really any better? [caption id="attachment_10044" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Continue Reading...

Loud and proud: I’m addicted to word games

Hi, my name is Laura, and I'm addicted to word games. As a writer, I like to believe these strengthen my vocabulary and mental agility, so I justify my game playing as exercise for my brain. Yes, that 99¢ app was a business purchase! I've tried a bunch, and although Letterpress is a longtime favorite, Word Roll has currently ousted it as my go-to game. The goal: Build words, Continue Reading...

Love your writing tools: Leuchtturm 1917 NEON

Hi, my name is Laura, and I'm a stationery addict. Don't take me anywhere near an office supply store unless you want me to get lost wandering the aisles, oohing and ahhing over all the products that will make my life easier, improve my writing, or simply look marvelous on my desk. My very, very messy desk that is always buried in papers, writing utensils, and random tchotchkes. See below Continue Reading...

Tracking manuscripts just got easier: Manuscript Tracker by Mike Blaguszewski

I haven't had much time to myself, let alone time to think about sending out stories for publication, so this weekend I've been rounding up my markets and guidelines and blitzing all the places within a 1,000-mile radius from my house that accept short fiction. Maybe further. So far I've sent out at least six different pieces to seven different markets (whose identities shall remain a Continue Reading...

Boosting your creativity with free apps: OmmWriter

Back in the glorious days of an Austin winter (glorious mainly because of the dead landscape, whose lack of pollen didn't inherently tip off my allergies and require heavy OTC medication), I mentioned a free app that had inspired a few of my winter haiku. The freebie in question? OmmWriter, a Zen-like writing application that will help get a writer's creative juices flowing and the words flying Continue Reading...