Want to be a creative writer? Use these cool tech tools

Michael Botur is an award-winning writer whose work spans a variety of styles and genres. His latest work is a novel: The Devil Take Her. Photo / Provided

The other day when I was interviewed about my latest book, The devil took her, on RNZ, they introduced me as a ‘Whanganui writer’. I’m actually a Whangārei writer, but hey. Only two letters and 600 kilometers difference.

The point is, geographic distance shouldn’t get in the way of creative writing in the digital age. If you want to put wonderful words into the world, I recommend these handy tools to make it easier for you to find inspiration on the page, easier for readers, and easier for your editor and editor.

Cool Tool: Cell Phone Notes
How does it help me to write?

All cell phones allow you to write notes. Whenever you are struck by a profound idea that will help you in everything you compose, jot it down on your phone immediately. Believe me, if you don’t write it down as soon as possible, you’ll probably forget about it. What is the advantage of cellphone notes over paper, you ask? You can copy, paste, and send notes on your cell phone to anyone – and easily edit them later when you realize you’ve misspelled something. Or is it wrong?

Cool Tool: Basic Voice Recorder
How does it help me to write?

If you’re walking, driving, jogging, cooking, or in the bathtub, you won’t be able to type very well. Instead, mumble your deep words into your recording device. Later, type the memo.

Nice tool: sub-stack
How does this help me write?

Substack is an email service associated with a blog/website. A Silicon Valley brainchild, Substack was founded by Kiwi writer Hamish McKenzie. Many of its most famous users are well-known writers – George Saunders is there, as is Chuck Palahniuk – even Salman Rushdie. Substack makes your writing look great on the page, rewarding you with pride in your work, AND sends your writing directly to followers. Also, complete strangers can stumble upon it, or you can send the link to whoever you want to guide to your work. Do you think this sleek, nifty, popular and renowned editing platform will be expensive? No. It’s usually free.

Cool tool: Twitter
How does it help me to write?

Twitter should inspire you (if you can avoid all the arguments). Type in your ideal genre on Twitter (yes, even dinosaur erotica – which Chuck Tingle specializes in). On Twitter, you should hopefully find a few people who will become real fans. When you feel appreciated, you’re much more likely to write the next thing…and the thing after that…until a major award, hopefully.

Cool tool: Google Docs
How does it help me to write?

You can hand over your writing to someone important and if there are any typos – because Google Docs offers live collaboration with instant updates – you can correct them (hopefully before the recipient does not notice). This is useful when you need to share a text with someone urgently. Added bonus: it’s all in the cloud, so no worries about software that doesn’t work on Mac or PC, Android or Apple. Plus, you can write on your document via your phone, say if you have 10 minutes to spare while you wait for a movie to start. All updates are automatically saved.

Cool tool: Distrokid
How does it help me to write?

That mix of envy, admiration, and inspiration you get when you hear someone reading on Audible or AWA FM or YouTube, it could be you – admired by the audience. If you have the ambition to record your lyrics and broadcast them on the internet, pay a few dollars to use Distrokid and they will publish your recordings on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, TikTok, YouTube, etc. Audible is a little hard to get your work published, so Distrokid gives you short, clean wins and a sense that your creative writing matters and is influential. It should inspire you – right down to the Ockhams.

Michael Botur is an award-winning writer whose work spans a variety of styles and genres. His latest work is a novel, The devil took her.