All the tools I use as an entrepreneur and writer. Because who doesn't love to know what everyone else uses?
(It can't only be me, right..?)
- Scrivener is a word-processing, outlining, and formatting app/software designed for writers. "Scrivener provides a management system for documents, notes and metadata." (Wikipedia)
Download for Mac ➝
Download for Windows ➝
- Medium to host my blog and serves as my favorite reading platform for finding other writers online, and content to share in my social media queue each week.
Check out Medium ➝
- Tekukor A5 Dot Grid Notebook is a bound journal which I use for several different things: A personal journal, a bullet journal, and a notebook for each project including novels, one for story ideas, and one for this website!
Buy on Amazon ➝
- iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for hand drawn designs and lightweight, on-the-go travel computing. (Squarespace doesn't support website alterations from "a mobile device" though, so I keep a MacBook Pro for that—see below).
Check out iPad Pro ➝
- MacBook Pro for all my computing needs. They outlast all laptops in their class and offer a simple, easy-to-use interface and "only the best" applications and software. One of my favorite things about Apple products are never having to worry about dealing with crappy antivirus software.
Check out MacBook Pro ➝
- Content Strategy Planner for content planning and developing my year-to-year business strategy.
Buy on Amazon ➝
- Bullet Journaling in a Tekukor A5 Dot Grid Notebook to maintain my personal undertakings, tasks lists, week-to-week schedule, etc.
Buy on Amazon ➝
- ConvertKit Email Marketing Platform to run all of my email sequences, campaigns, weekly newsletter, and funnels.
Check out ConvertKit ➝
- Squarespace to run, content manage, and host my websites. It's a solid content management online-based software to create great-looking websites with lots of built-in storage and more. I like never having to update it and their forum and customer support are assets.
Check out Squarespace ➝
- Buffer to schedule and manage the bulk of my social media postings every week.
Check out Buffer ➝
- The Conquer Kit is a creative business planner for women entrepreneurs by Natalie McNeil. It helped me set up my goals and focuses for my business.
- The Content Strategy Planner for mapping out all of my content, goals, projects and more.
- Good To Great: Why Companies Make The Leap...And Others Don't is a study-based book on elite companies that maintained their ranks fifteen years or longer. Great takeaways for even solo entrepreneurs.
- Will It Fly? is a book my SmartPassiveIncome's Pat Flynn about testing business ideas before you waste time and money diving into something that will certainly fail.
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey because good money management is another key to personal and professional success.
- What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers because who doesn't need to stretch their creative skills every now and then?
- Another creative exploration and flexing, 642 Stories To Write is a fun way to work out "writer's block" or creative kinks in your flow.
- How To Write Short Stories And Use Them To Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell was the first informational book I read on writing, outside of a couple others listed below. As a lover of short stories (for time, and creative inspiration and awe), this was my "insiders guide" to writing shorter fiction—to get to the point and create stories with a small amount of sturdy characters, a single-ish setting, and a solid plot as the main focus.
- The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass is a great guide for tethering your reader into the emotional journey of your writing.
- On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King is more than a memoir, it's a cool, instructional journey of arguably one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
- Bird by Bird: Some Instruction on Writing And Life by Anne Lamott is one of those books that will help you "get out of your own head and just start writing". Back when I was overthinking even business-focused storytelling, Bird by Bird helped me out of my creative rut and bring some craft to the boring blasé of business.
- On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Non-Fiction by William Zinsser is a book I consider a must-read for all people who write—emails, blogs, anything.