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Ron’s Tuesday’s Tip: Your Tools

Welcome to Ron’s Tuesday’s Tip. Every Tuesday I will share a tip with you. This week I am looking at Your Tools.

Last week we looked at your workplace, today let’s consider some of the tools you’ll need to write. So let’s take a look.

Your Computer

Some people prefer tablets, etc. over a desktop, but I use a desktop. Whatever you use you need a computer that is relatively new and should be running Windows 10. This will enable you to access the Internet and do research. Not only research, but to publish and market your book. And then there is having an email account.

So your computer is a very important tool. You don’t need all the bells and whistles, but you do need a computer that will handle your needs. So, investigate before buying. There are various software tools that you might consider (see below).

I’m not going to get into the various computers and their characteristics. Every person has their own preferences. So my advice is for you to look for a computing device that best fits your lifestyle and your needs as a writer.

When buying a computer I always recommend a middle of the road (price) computer. Why? Because today’s top of the line computer will be tomorrow’s middle of the road computer. Computers age rapidly.

Buy a computer that meets your needs and doesn’t break your budget. For example, some people buy computers for gaming purposes. But as a writer you don’t need gaming tools, you want a computer that enables you to be a proficient writer.

Your Software

Some of the software tools you need are:

  • Wordprocessor (I use Word)
  • PDF program (I use Adobe Acrobat DC)
  • eBook Converter (I use Kindle Create)
  • Picture editor (I use Paint 3d or Photos)

There are other tools that you may need, or you may prefer Word Perfect over Word or you might like Open Office. I’m not pointing you to a brand, but to an overall need. In other words, you need to take the time to do your own research and find out what you want.

Your Printer

I used an HP printer. There are a variety of them plus there are others on the market. But you want a printer that enables you to communicate with your printer so you can scan documents, etc. into the computer. You will also need a computer to print out documents, etc. from your computer.

If that isn’t enough, you may need fax ability.

When buying a printer, I suggest getting one that has most, if not all, the features you need. I’ve already mentioned scanning and faxing. But these are practically standard. Pay attention to what features they have available.

And remember that while salespeople are helpful, they are often directed to push a certain product. Don’t let them talk you into something you don’t need. And that advice is good for both the computer and the printer.

Your Dictionary

The dictionary is very important to the writer. Depending on the genre you write in you might have a modern dictionary and an older one. For example, if you are writing a novel that takes place in the 19th century, it might be helpful having a 19th century dictionary or at least a dictionary with older terms in it.

I use the dictionary when I’m writing and when I’m editing. You don’t want misspelled words or words that have the wrong meaning.

Your Thesaurus

The Thesaurus is often very helpful. It helps you in looking up similar words to the ones you are currently using. It is often a good idea not to repeat the same words constantly. If you can find words that mean the same thing it gives your text a little more vibrancy.

Your Library

I believe in research. Having your own personal library often provides you with needed material that helps you better understand a subject for your book. Maybe a critical weapon, a graving tool, or some other item that fits into your story. How about a How To book that covers something you’re writing about?

The list can get quite long. The important thing I want you to get out of all this is that you need to surround yourself with all the tools you can get. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, take advantage of the tools that enable you to put forth an excellent book.

I recommend buying books (hardcover or softcover) and downloading from the Internet. Aside from those two ideas, I often copy information from the internet and paste it into a new document in Word. I find it helpful not only for the story, but in marketing and publishing.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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