My Best Resources For Writing

They're real friends, I'd feel very sad without them!

Hello friends! It's been a long time since I've written to you around here. Like many of us, I'm running out of time! How are you doing? Everything is fine on my side. Scribe is doing well, so are the writers, and more and more of them are contacting me to join the publication. What more could you ask for?

This weekend, I took advantage of the clear sky during star night — a period in August we can observe shooting star rains from the Perseids Meteor Shower — to try to see some shooting stars. I've seen six of them! Around 10pm, I left my house and drove a few kilometers before taking a path between two fields, not far from where I spent my entire childhood.

After a few dozen meters, I turned off the engine, got out of my car, closed the door and leaned against the body to observe the sky. It was beautiful. I even made a little thread about it on Twitter, I found it funny. Heaven and me is a real passion. I wrote a poem after that magical moment under the starry sky: Ecstasy.

All right, enough about stars! Today I wanted to share with you some resources that I use daily to write. I thought you might be interested. By the way, I would be curious to know what surrounds you in your daily life as a writer. The tools you use, your own sources of inspiration. Sometimes there are amazing things!


Bear (free or paid) — My favorite writing tool. I can’t do without it anymore! The only drawback for me: Bear is currently only available on iPhone, iPad and Mac. It is free, but if you want to benefit from synchronization and export, you must choose the paid version, with two possible subscriptions: $1.49 per month or $14.99 per year.

Honestly, after several years of daily use, Bear is well worth the price. The hashtags ranking is interesting and you can use the famous Markdown language. Today, everything I write goes through the bear!

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Unsplash (free) — Over the years, Unsplash has become a must for content creators looking for beautiful images.

All the photos hosted on the platform are royalty-free, so you have a real gold mine to enrich your stories. If you want to know more about this Montreal gem, check out their blog.

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Sketch (for a fee) — I create all my visuals and logos with Sketch, a software that has seduced many designers around the world. In other words, this is a serious competitor of Photoshop! Sketch is quite easy to learn, even for a novice, and you can find many explanatory videos on Youtube. I personally trained myself with the excellent LevelUp Tuts tutorials.

Sketch has a blog too: blog.

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Noisli (free) — I’m a fan! When I really need to be focused to write, I open a new tab with Noisli, compose my background music and here I go for a long writing session! The crackling of the fire, for example, inspires me a lot. Try it, I’m willing to bet you won’t be able to do without it anymore.

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Literary Hub (free) — This place is a unique and valuable resource for contemporary literary culture. I especially like their Writing Life page, which is full of tips for aspiring writers. A must-read!

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New Yorker (paid) — Well, I'm not going to introduce you to the New Yorker. You probably know it! I have been a subscriber for just over a year. It costs about $99 dollars per year for a 100% digital subscription. Of course, New Yorker publishes stories that are always of high quality and always inspiring. On the mobile application, I really like their famous cartoons too. And about Writing, read this for example: Tips For Writing A Novel.

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Medium (free or paid) — Of course, I couldn't help but mention Medium. A huge, inexhaustible source of inspiration! Exciting stories, passionate writers, and committed readers! To be able to access all that is published on Medium, you only have to pay $5 per month. A little crumb, isn't it?


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How Was Your Week?

I ask you, as I've been missing words a little bit these past few days....

I don't know if it's due to the heat that has settled here in France over the past few days (it's almost 40 degrees during the day, which is quite rare here, even in summer), but the words remain stuck inside me when I want to write.

So while waiting to find inspiration, I am writing this little letter to you, and I wonder how your week went. If you were happy or sad, what environment you were in, things like that. I'm curious, I know that! But that is one of the characteristics of those who like to write and tell stories, isn't it?

As I told you in the previous letter, I have just started a new job as a writer, and I am having trouble finding the rhythm at the moment. I think we have all gone through this, when we start a new job, in a new environment and with new colleagues. We always need time to adapt and find our bearings.

It's a little stressful for me, because I feel like I have less time to write for myself. But I also know that I will quickly find a balance, and then it will be much better!

And you, how do you manage to write alongside your daily work? Feel free to reply to this letter, the comments area is made for that!

Eternal Gratitude

This newsletter is off to a good start!

If I had known that the day I launch my own newsletter here I would immediately have my first paid subscriber, I wouldn't have believed it. And yet, it happened!

He, or rather she, will recognize herself. She already has my eternal gratitude, and an invitation to have a drink to talk about writing, in case we meet again one day in the same place!

As a writer, receiving such support from your readers is the most incredible thing that can happen to you, isn't it? I then feel all the more responsible for what I publish here.

I started writing these lines last night, while I was in the TGV from Toulouse (South of France) to Paris. At 9:51 p. m., it was getting dark. The sky was beautiful, as it often was on summer evenings and when the day was very hot. It had been over 30 degrees during the day.

If you follow me on Medium, two stories are coming soon. One will talk about the loss of a loved one and the other about fulfilling one of my dreams. Opposite emotions that mixed together without my real expectations and upset me. I hope you will enjoy reading them.

Take care of yourself, and above all, keep writing!

Welcome to Slow Down!

What I will write in this newsletter.

This is a great first for me, or almost! First of all, I would like to thank you Kirstie Taylor, thanks to whom I was able to discover Substack.

If you haven't met her yet, Kirstie is a talented writer that I've had the opportunity to publish several times on Medium. And then, she publishes her own newsletter here.

Alright, I invite you to take a look at my About page, where I explain why you might be interested in this newsletter.

To resume, I will talk to you here - I'm not sure yet how fast - about writing, reading, life, love, relationships, the evolution of the world, and everything that crosses my mind on a daily basis. And you know, it's sometimes a hell of a mess!

In a little while, once we start to have more people around here, I will start with paid subscribers - people who sign up will have access to more content, such as free access to certain stories published on my publication on Medium and normally reserved for subscribers, more conversations, and my eternal gratitude.

Don't make fun of me, I got the idea for this newsletter when I took my shower this morning. Yeah, water and me is quite a story! It is very often in the shower or when I am on my surfboard in the ocean that ideas come to me. Who knows why!

Inspiration comes to me when I come into contact with water. So sometimes I take three showers a day! I'm kidding.

Well, I'm not going to write you a novel for this first letter. There are writers waiting for me to publish them and I'm going to enjoy the sun a little bit.

I'm sorry, I didn't tell you. I live in France, near Paris, but in the countryside. I prefer the smell of the fields to the smell of the city. And then, hearing the tawny owl sing on the way home is priceless.

Thank you for reading me, and see you soon!

On Writing & Existential Concerns

I'm here to make you feel better through words.

Welcome to Slow Down, by me, Thomas Gaudex - Writer and Editor-in-chief of Scribe on Medium.

I think a lot, and I write to feel better. So maybe it could do you some good as well.

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