Hello, I'm by no means a professional writer (and I'll clarify right now too that English is not my native language). However, I did earn money doing some stuff for a couple of websites a few years ago, and currently I spend an important part of my time writing. Also, I won't deny that I'd like to make a living from this in the future. With regards to what kind of stuff I write, I'd say it's mostly journal entries, essays and shorts stories, none of which ends up published online (this point is technically relevant). Even though I think the important thing is writing rather than wasting time selecting tools, there certainly are some issues that surface after one chooses his mediums—and then realizes they might not be the most efficient ones. This situation ends up producing noise, breaking the writing-flow and distracting. So even if it does't look like that, selecting the right tools is, in fact, very important. Now to the point. As I see it, there are two relevant stages in my workflow, which tend to be chronologically separated. One of them would be “capturing” an idea (to use some GTD terminology), like an interesting plot or something that I just saw on the street. The other stage would be actually writing something, be it a journal entry, short story, etc. The problem appears when I have to choose among a wide variety of tools for each of those stages—stages that, to makes things even worse, are not always clearly separated. Because of the latest, I'll share a list with all the mediums that I use to write currently (they are iPhone/iPad apps mostly), hoping that you can provide me some feedback on how to simplify things. So these are my current tools and my comments on each of them: - Drafts (iPhone and iPad apps): I'm in love with its keyboard-customizable-extra-row, which makes this app, by far, the best thing to use when it comes to writing on the iPhone's little screen. Drafts also supports TextExpander Touch (another huge win and time-saver) and it's super flexible when it comes to interacting with text, whether that means exporting it to another app, sharing it online or something else. Almost everything I write on my phone starts in Drafts. I use it for creating short stories, capturing some basic ideas or thougts regarding some plot, writing my journal entries, composing emails, etc. Then normally I end up exporting everything I write here to another app, depending on what it is. Therefore I try to keep Drafts, again, only for capturing. - iA Writer Classic (iPhone, iPad and OS X apps): Until a couple of years ago, even before Apple implemented iCloud on their own software, this was one of the few apps that had a native version for every Apple device, which was exactly what I needed at the time. Apart from its deep integration into Apple's different platforms, iA Writer also has some convenient features, such as an extra row on the iOS keyboard (even though this one is not as good as Draft's, since it's not customizable), TextExpander Touch support, and the beautiful and super useful full-screen and focus modes in OS X. Right now I use it to develop ideas or stories (second stage in my workflow) and mainly because I can work with my texts in three different platforms. I simply love its interface (that typography and blue cursor are just so cool) and I kind of feel pleasure in using it, based probably not only on its beautifully-crafted UI, but also on the fact that iA Writer has been my main tool for a long time. - Momento (iPhone app): This is a journal app. I use it to capture what I'm living, seeing and thinking everyday. (An interesting thing—Momento not only allows me to write, but also to take photos, which, by the way, creates another problem, as there are some cases when I don't know whether I should take a regular picture with my camera and make it part of my photos library in Aperture, or keep the photo in this app... But that's another story, I guess.) Momento is nice and useful. The problem is that I tend to write looong pieces of text when perhaps I shouldn't, and because of that I feel like it would be more comfortable to write a full-length entry somewhere else in my computer, rather than on this little app which, I guess, is supposed to store the strictly necessary. On the other hand, it can't be denied the convenience of having a digital diary all the time in my pocket—and the fact that Momento has many features that makes it uniquely convenient, like adding people met, tags, places, events, social entries (like tweets, Facebook posts or Swarm check-ins), etc. Once again, I struggle with the decision. - Evernote (iPhone, iPad and OS X apps): The classic throw-anything-at-digital-box. I've been using it for years (since I migrated to the Macintosh almost a decade ago, to be more precise), which means that it currently is a huge mess of pictures, URLs, snippets, etc. Its main purpose is to serve as a digital repository of ideas to work with in the future (plots and characters for my stories, topics for some essay, etc.) - Omnifocus (iPhone, iPad and OS X apps): Another classic when it comes to GTD and task-management. Now, I understand if it looks rather weird to see a productivity app like this one here. However, it really sort of makes sense. If you've read about the GTD method (which I try to follow, though I end up failing miserably most of the time because of my lack of discipline), you'll know that one of the core concepts is to centralize the capture process in one single and accessible place, so everything, from tasks to ideas, should go there—and only later one should be able to process each of those elements and give them an adequate destination. Because of this notion is that I frequently end up writing key concepts or two-line ideas for future texts in a task-management app. - Voice Memos (iPhone app): GTD's author proposes several types of repositories for his system, one of which could be a recorder (among others like a smartphone app, physical notebook, etc.). In my case, I've worked with text all of my life, but there are some situations in which writing something to take it out of the way is just too much PITA. So in those cases, like when it's a rather long or complex idea and I'm walking down the street, I tend to record a voice memo using the default iPhone app (terrible choice, by the way). The problem with Voice Memos is that because it's a single app and doesn't work with the cloud, I end up leaving that precious idea for a world-changing story just there. I've tried replacing it with OmniFocus and Evernote, but both have proven being not reliable on this regard (actually I've lost important voice memos in the past, because for some reason they were not working after I pressed the frigging record button or some other sync issue). - Text Edit (OS X app): My go-to app when I'm in front of the computer and I don't know where else should I go. In fact, this was my preferred and almost only tool in previous years (when I wrote semi-professionally and earned money for it), the reason being that I was all into that “plain-text only” crap. (Because of that now I have dozens of .txt files spread across my Dropbox folder, even when I'm getting more and more used to work actually in the opposite direction, i.e. using internal app structures generally based on iCloud.) Right now I don't know where Text Edit sits. Sometimes I just need to write down something relatively large, and before I start thinking where it should go or what's going to be, I just open up Text Edit and type. - Pages (iOS and OS X apps): Pages is the place for all the work that will end up being shared. Because I can't send my texts to some contest or professor in Markdown (God I hate the fact that most text-apps use that, as if we all were developers), I use Pages as a Microsoft Word replacement, so I can format my texts properly. - Moleskine (not an app, but the actual notebook): Ah, the good old paper. Call me a romantic, but nothing replaces the feeling of touching a sheet of paper and actually writing on it. Also needs to be noted, it gives you a flexibility to put down your ideas that is absolutely impossible to replicate on any digital artifact. I carry my Moleskine with me all the time—it's almost impossible for me to go out without it. There you will find anything—from thoughts and ideas for future stories to all the stuff I jot down when I assist to my classes. Even drawings, to-do lists and contact information can be found there. Needless to say, my notebook is somewhat chaotic, but I guess that's the beauty of it—the fact that somehow is the creative portal from my mind to the exterior reality. --- The problem, as I've said, is that I'm using all of these tools currently, so I have duplicates everywhere, disorganized messes of files here and there, etc. And worse of all, when an idea crosses my mind and I need to put it down or develop it, I don't know where to go. So at the end, dear fellows, would you mind giving me some feedback to go simpler, share your thoughts on this whole topic and tell me about your own workflows? Cheers, and thanks in advance!