How do YOU do it?


Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.


What software do you use for your writing? Bookkeeping? Artwork? Calendar?


Every job has its unsung hero, the thing that nobody notices but without which, the whole enterprise would stop.
It’s funny but I never get asked this question, people want to know where I get my ideas from, or when I write but they never consider the nuts and bolts, the background information. The things that are used to bridge the gap between my head and the page.

And it doesn’t get any more important than the programme you use to write with. I’m so relieved that I wasn’t a writer back in the day. Before computers, when it all had to be written out longhand, or typed on a mechanical typewriter. Imagine changing one paragraph on a handwritten manuscript or having to retype the whole page because you had a better idea.

I started using Microsoft Word back in 1997, when I graduated to my first P.C. Before that, I used a programme called Wordsworth on a Commodore Amiga. And before that, I typed official reports; or wrote them out longhand when it was a form to be filled in.

Even better, when I worked for the insurance company, I dictated my notes and someone else typed them up for me. Along the way, I learned to type quite quickly. Not by touch but even so, I can crank words out at a reasonable rate.


I digress (how unusual), I’ve stayed with Word, all the way to my current subscription to Office 365.

Which is not to say that I haven’t dabbled with alternatives. I’ve tried Scrivener for my novels, it had good points but I tired of the learning curve and anyway, I prefer to use the same programme for all my writing. Scrivener now languishes unused on my hard-drive.

Because of that subscription, all my work is securely stored and auto-saved on the Microsoft cloud, which removes one possible problem, that of ever losing anything I have written. Plus I get access to all the other products in the Office suite, Excel, Publisher, Outlook etc, which I use regularly.

When it comes to artwork, I have Paintshop Pro, which again I have been using since the early days.

I do use the free online version of Canva for graphics as well as Calibre for ebook formatting and correcting any typos that my eagle-eyed readers take delight in telling me about.

Pixabay provides me with a lot of free graphics for backgrounds and ideas for covers.

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4 Responses

  1. phil huston

    Amen on PaintShop Pro. Since the early 90s. Man, if you have 20 minutes you can set up Scrivener and make your life a hell of a lot easier. Just sayin’. Learning curves are like writer’s block. They’re not real, they’re excuses.

    • Richard Dee

      I can see the attraction of Scrivener, it just doesn’t suit the way I get the information.

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