I get asked a lot of questions, both about my own books and about the writing process itself, and I’m going to start answering some of the most frequent questions in these blog posts.

A very common question is “What tools do you use for writing?” I’m very interested in new software and solutions to make writing a smoother and better process, so I naturally have a lot of tools that come into play at different times when I’m working on a project. Without a doubt, the tool I use and rely on the most is Scrivener.

Scrivener, made by Literature & Latte, is a great application that acts as both a word processor and an organizational tool. It does a lot of other stuff, too, but those are the primary ways I use it. It’s available for Windows and Mac, and it even runs on mobile. I know a lot of other writers who also use Scrivener, and it’s always interesting to me that everybody ends up using it differently. Here’s a glimpse into the layout I used as I was writing Akithar’s Greatest Trick.

Even if you’re not writing a full novel, Scrivener is a great way to approach nearly any writing project. I used it for the Teshovar novella, The Gem of Tagath, and I also use it for putting together blog articles and other types of writing. I’m such a fan of the software that I joined its affiliate program (something I haven’t done for any of my other writing programs) since I already have been recommending it to so many people. There’s a free trial available for the program, so you can check it out before actually buying it.