My Top 5 Writing Tools

I’m often asked about my favorite writing tools for when I’m plotting or planning a scene in one of my books.  I have several must-haves I use but here are my top five:

1.  Scrivener

This is a writing programme specifically geared at writers and has some really cool features.  I only started using Scrivener about a year ago when I started writing The Keepers: Ethan.  By that stage, I’d gathered a lot of background information from the previous books in the series, many characters, and a ton of notes.  I needed to find a better way to organize my thoughts and writing.  I stumbled onto Scrivener by chance, downloaded their free trial and started playing around until I’d figured it out.  Since then, I’m totally hooked and can’t imagine using anything else.  Love it.

2.  Notepads and colourful pens

I love a variety of notepads and pens and even though I try to keep all my information on Scrivener, I still can’t resist working out a plot point the old fashion way.  Recently, after completing and submitting The Keepers: Ethan to my editors, I spent some time tidying my desk and clearing away my notes.  There were A LOT of them.  (And it was pretty cool to page through them knowing I’ve finally finished the series.  Wow.)

3. Google

An obvious choice but a firm favorite.  Want to know how the inside of a coffin looks?  Want to know what a specific pub looks like in Vancouver?  Need to find a nice hairstyle for a heroine?  Yip, I turn to Google.  It’s an invaluable source of information that I’m permanently tapping into before, during and after my writing process.

4.  Pinterest

This is a huge source of inspiration for me.  I prefer to write with a clear visual image in my mind as it helps me to describe the object/setting better.  I constantly tap into the images on Pinterest, gathering inspiration for settings, characters, clothing, scenes etc.  I also love this platform for writing tips (I’m always scouring for information to improve my craft), quotes, and general inspiration.

5.  Music (with earphones)

I have several playlists that I listen to when I plot or write various scenes or characters.  There are times when music is too distracting, usually when I’m struggling with a scene, so I’ll write in silence and enjoy those moments too. But mostly, I love the music and find such a lot of inspiration from it. 

So there you have it, my favorite writing tools.  I usually have all of the above open and ready when I settle down to map out a scene.  There are others too (coffee and a bottle of water for one 🙂 but these are my absolute must haves. 
Once I’m inspired and have a clear vision of where I’m going with a scene or a character, I do what I love best – write!

What are your favorite tools?

Thanks for reading,
Rae Rivers



  1. Kathleen Bosman February 8, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Interesting post. I do have a notebook for writing book and plot ideas and I love Google for research. We're so privileged in this day and age that we don't have to go searching through piles of dusty books in a library to find what we need.

  2. Rae Rivers February 24, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Yes, the internet is amazing and we are so fortunate. And it's fun too! Thanks for stopping by, Kathy 🙂

  3. Baldric Underwood January 26, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Thank you! I will try to use Pinterest in writing. And music I already use )) Guys, listen, if you are looking for somebody who would write an essay for you, better service than this essays io you will not find.

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