Tools I Use – Updated for 2021

Here’s a list of the tools and resources that make my life easier as a writer.

Disclosure: I’ve become an affiliate for some of the products, because I really like them, and think you will, too. So if you buy a product after clicking on my link, I will receive a small commission. Note that this won’t cost you any extra. I’ll highlight those links with “aff”  as you get to them.

Scrivener

I use Scrivener to keep my writing work organized and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I keep tweaking my system, but it’s absolutely the best thing I’ve come across to keep everything on track. If they had an affiliate program, I’d sign up in a flash, but sadly, they don’t.

MissingLettr

MissingLettr (aff)  is absolutely the BEST tool for running a drip social media marketing campaign for your content. It’s how I seem to be everywhere, even when I’m not. MissingLettr works with multiple social platforms, and automatically creates campaigns for new content for you to approve.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate the first drafts of all my work. It’s a real time saver – and it’s helped me keep carpal tunnel issues under control.  I’m currently using the Professional Individual version (aff), but any version will do.

Siteground

I’ve recently started hosting this site on Siteground (aff), and I love it! It’s got an easy to use proprietary control panel, and makes it simple to secure and speed up your site.

Namecheap

I buy all my domain names from Namecheap (aff). I still have a few on GoDaddy but I’m planning on switching them all over in the coming months.

OptinMonster

I use OptinMonster (aff) for list building and online marketing. I discovered the tool because I wrote for their site for 15 months, and tested it out so I could write tutorials on different features.

Other Tools

Here are a few more tools and sites I’m using:

  • Canva, my favorite tool for creating blog headers, social media graphics, posters, and more. I use this tool at least a couple times each week.
  • TinyPNG for image compression
  • Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer (low-cost and powerful alternatives to Photoshop and InDesign)

Which online tools can’t you live without?

Last update: May 2021

4 thoughts on “Tools I Use – Updated for 2021”

  1. Hi Sharon,

    That is an impressive list! I did not know you were my neighbor on Fiverr. Way to go!

    Believe it or not, I rely on only two online services: Pocket (where a lot of your stuff lives) and InoReader, an RSS aggregator.

    I suppose I should count iDrive, as I use it everyday, but that is more of a background app. Here is some unsolicited advice: create a single root folder, apart from MS-centric structure, put all your stuff in folders underneath that. Now, back up is drop-dead simple.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

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