Yes, it's that time of the year again. And of course, I haven't written a word this year, but I'm totally going to churn out (hopefully) 50 k in two months' time.
(though I've been thinking of starting a training month in Octobre at 25 k)
The only thing that doesn't make this sentence horrible is that I don't write to publish, I write for fun ;D Meaning, I mostly use the nano time to meet other people with the same interest and to get some help to motivate myself to abandon the current fic I'm reading so I can write my own.
Anyway, nano. Who's doing it this year? In which fandom/literary genre?
The recurrent question during the nano time is: which writing tools do you use/what do you use for your planning?
For me, it was Scrivener at a time, but I use my desktop computer, my laptop, my tablet AND my phone, depending on where I am/where I'm going/what time it is. Obviously, a "static" software wasn't exactly easy to work with. These days, it's Google Drive for editor, since I can access it from any support and it works like Word, basically, and Evernote to backup the files / save all my notes on each projects (and info about each fandom, writing tips, links to various websites, ...)
Focus Writer is very nice too, if you need a fullscreen writer with customizable background and an editor of text a bit more complex than Q10.
I also save a link to interesting pages in Evernote, because I use both Firefox and Chrome on my desktop, only Chrome on the laptop and Dolphin on the phone/tablet, so it's not easy to sync my bookmarks without updating manually everything. That way, I know that I only have the link on hand, even if I only have my phone. Basically, I have an Evernote note with a list of links with explanation next to them (aka, I copy/pasted parts of it below xD )
Grammar, vocab, tools:
Thesaurus.com: synonyms, antonyms, related words
The Free Dictionary: dico
One Look: reverse dico
Hemingway: sentences checker
Virtual Writing Tutor: grammar check
Ginger: grammar check
Pacemaker: schedule your writing/make plans for a period
Workflowy: to do list / outlines
WordCounter: ranks most frequently used words
Wordle: make word cloud
YouTube/Spotify/various (mostly jazz) radios, or
Youtube Fire: Fire Crackling: An hour long recording of fire crackling.
Youtube Busy: Library music/sounds
Sound Sleeping: For creating custom relaxed sound mixes
Rainy Mood: The sounds of rain.
August Ambience: The sounds of summer nights.
Forest Mood: The sounds of the woodlands.
Soundrown: A collection of different sounds including coffee shop, waves, white noise, etc.
iSerenity: A collection including typewriters to sprinklers, white noise and ambient sounds.
SimplyNoise: A collection specializing in color sound essentially white noise that goes in different octaves. White is highest, pink in the middle, and brown the lowest.
NatureSoundPlayer: A collection including thunderstorms, rivers, frogs, and crickets.
Coffitivity: For those really into the sound of coffee shops also allows you to play your own music with the coffee shop loop.
MyNoise.net: machine noises
Ambient Mixer: HP sounds
Ambient Mixer: Slytherin common room
Ambient Mixer: Studying at Hogwarts