Writing is hard. Building a website is hard. Running an online business is hard. Sometimes life is just hard.

I’m fairly new to this game myself, so this page is dedicated to the tools and tips that I’ve been gathering to make life just a little easier. Everything here I have personally used and recommend. And I’ll keep updating this page as I learn more, to share with you.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Some of the links below are affiliate links. You aren’t under any obligation to buy ANYTHING, but if you do purchase something using one of these links I earn a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you, it’s a baked in part of the company’s marketing. I have personally used every single one of the products on this page. I wouldn’t recommend them otherwise. But PLEASE do not buy anything unless and until you do your own research and make sure it’s the right choice for you.



I’ve burned through several writing programs trying to find one that fits my style. Or lack thereof. Scrivener is, by far, the best I’ve seen. I use it for everything writing: fiction, non-fiction, blog posts. You name it, Scrivener can do it. It has more useful features than I can ever mention.

They even have a 30-day free trial, so there’s not really any excuse to not at least give it a shot. You can get the trial here.

I know, I know. Mac and Windows only, right? And I said I was doing all my writing on Linux. They’ve (kinda) got that covered, too. Over at the Literature and Latte forums they’ve whipped up a native Linux version. I can vouch for the directions, they really do work because I really am running Scrivener on Ubuntu.

Scrivener on Linux (Unofficial)

Scrivener Tutorials

Literature and Latte do a GREAT job on these tutorial videos. They’re designed to get you up and running with Scrivener, fast. If you’re still on the fence about the software you should especially check out the introduction video. It really is that easy…

Scrivener For Dummies

I’m a reader. In fact, most of the time I forget to stop reading and actually go do. The videos on the Literature and Latte site are great, but I’m not really a “learn by video” kind of person. I like a book. I like this book. Lot’s of great stuff and some features the videos don’t cover. I’m still discovering new, useful tools.