Writing is a unique journey through many stages. From novice writers to professionals, there are resources and tools that help make the experience more worthwhile.
Below is a list of resources I have used extensively and books that have been a significant help in my freelance and fiction journey. Some links are affiliates for which I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase at no extra cost to you. Others are direct links to the source. I hope you find these resources as useful as I have.
Writing Software & Creative Tools
- Book Design Templates - Access a variety of templates to self-publish your writing.
- Canva - Access a trial of Canva's professional plan. Great for book cover art and social media images.
- ProWritingAid - To learn more about this tool, check out The Benefits of ProWritingAid in Storius Magazine.
- Publisher Rocket - Every author should use this tool before self-publishing on Amazon. Not only does it identify the most relevant niches for your work, but it also helps you pinpoint the best keywords and view similar author's earnings.
- Scrivener - This tool helped me write two novels in less than two years. Learn more.
- Query Tracker - An excellent database tool for tracking your agent and publisher submissions. A free version is available, but at $25/year, you can save your favorites and monitor your queries. As a bonus, you can read comments from other writers to see which agents are responsive and their current acceptance rate.
- Verve Hosting - A great site for reseller hosting, an ideal solution for niche website creators. Read more about the benefits of reseller hosting.
Books on Writing
- The Complete Guide to Magazine Article Writing - A great resource for learning the ins and outs of pitching articles to magazine editors
- Conquering the Magazine Market - Another valuable resource for anyone wanting to try their hand at magazine writing.
- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) - Learn how to express character emotion more realistically with this helpful guide.
- The First Fifty Pages - A huge help for those interested in penning a novel. Learn about the three acts approach and how to engage your readers. Other excellent resources by Jeff Gerke include The Irresistible Novel: How to Craft an Extraordinary Story That Engages Readers from Start to Finish and Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction.
- How to Sell Every Magazine Article You Write - This book is older than many on this list, but it's still a great read for ensuring that you present your best self when selling your articles to magazines.
- How to Write and Sell Your Personal Experiences - This easy-to-digest book by Lois Duncan is a must-read for any writer, not just those writing about their lives.
- Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction - An excellent resource for fiction writers from an author whose novels have been made into several movies.
- Revision and Self-Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel That Sells - I own just about every James Scott Bell book, and this is one of the most valuable. A must-read for any writer, not just before publishing your own work but also before sending any of your writing out for review.
- Write for Your Life: The Home Seminar for Writers - An excellent overview of the writing craft. Also check out some of Lawrence Block's other titles, including Spider, Spin Me a Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers and Telling Lies for Fun & Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers.
Websites on Writing
- The Creative Penn - A great website for new writers and anyone interested in self-publishing.
- Medium - A great site for writing and business tips. You can read a certain number of articles per month for free. To have full access and support other writers within the community, sign up for an annual membership.
- This-Writers-Life - Offers informative articles on the writing life, including tips for freelancers.
- Quora - Here you can post questions and share your experience with other writers.