As promised, here is a list of resources that may be beneficial to writers. I have not tried everything listed here yet, so I can’t vouch for it all, but there is a lot of stuff here I wish I had known about starting out. I hope it is helpful to someone. I’ll add more to the list when I find more cool stuff. If you have any suggestions or corrections click the Contact link and let me know!
- A good dictionary, both modern and older versions
- Rhyming dictionary
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White – fantastic resource
- The Mother Tongue, English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
- It is also worth taking a look at these books: The Art of Syntax, The Art of Description, The Art of Poetic Line, and others in the series
- On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- Writer’s Market – they also have a website
Apps and Organizing Programs
- Scrivener – Windows and Mac – outline, write scenes and chapters, build characters, etc
- yWriter – free – Windows – outline, write scenes and chapters, build characters, etc
- Story Planner – IOS and Android – template for outlining, plotting, character delineation, etc
- Writers App – IOS – same as above
- Lists for Writers – ideas for character delineation, lists for names, character traits, settings, rhyming words, fun words, animal sounds, and more. I love this app!
- Baby Name app – IOS names with origin, meaning, and which names were common in which year
Open source word processor:
- LibreOffice – brought to you by many of the same developers as Open Office, but more updated.
Back up your work! Let me repeat. Back up!
- Google Docs
Websites I’ve used:
- copyright.gov – Copyright laws and information on how to copyright your work
- Preditors and Editors – A guide to publishers and publishing services
- plagtracker.com – Checks for plagiarism. Make sure your words are original. Just copy and paste your text into the box, and it will let you know how original it is.
- hemmingwayapp.com – Scans for complicated or wordy sentences, finds passive voice or excessive adverbs.
- authorology.com – full of resources, links, and tips. I just signed up for this one. I’ll have to let you know how it goes.
Websites I have not tried, but look interesting:
- Slick Write – Checks for grammar, spelling, etc
- Polish My Writing – AKA After the Deadline – grammar correction and get style suggestion
- Writefull – App that integrates with word processor to check phrases for accuracy or that they make sense.
- Grammar Monster – Educational site
- Papers Gear Editor – Hire editor for blog, articles, website, documents
- Wordy – Proofreading service
- 300 Editors
- Grammar Base
- Writers Digest
- Poets & Writers
- Poetry Magazine
Challenge for novelists and aspiring novelists:
- Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month is in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can plot and outline ahead of time, then November 1-30 get that novel written. nanowrimo.org