A creator is nothing without proper equipment. Likewise, a writer would fare better with the necessary tools at hand. Here are six that I recommend using!
A brilliant add-on to Google and Microsoft Word. It helps to point out grammar, sentence structure, style, spelling, and punctuation. It’s free for the basic stuff, but if you want the full package which includes a plagiarism checker, vocabulary enhancement, genre selection, and correcting other advanced issues, you can get the premium version, which comes in three payment plans. Just pick the one that suits you best, or you can keep it cheap (like me) and just use the basics for free.
What better place to waste your time than on Pinterest? I kid. Pinterest contains a plethora of interests ranging from gardening to fashion, pinned by users like you and me. Writing prompts and guides are one of them.
Need a list of verbal sounds? Just type that in. Looking for inspiration for that new fictional world you’re creating? Plenty of art for you to oggle at to get those creative juices flowing. Figuring out the best way to kill someone a character? There’s a pin for that.
You don’t have to sign up to browse (it’s free anyway) , but to keep the pins you’re interested in, you’re better off having an account than having a bookmark file overflowing with links. Besides, there’s the smartphone app for some midnight-scrolling in bed.
Pinterest is my number one go-to for anything inspiration and research related (and for sleepless nights), and I’m sure it will be yours too.
Creative Writing Books
Nothing better than going old school. Published books would mean advice from these writers are legitimate and reliable. Go to your nearest library and browse their writing section if they have one! You’re bound to find something useful there. Or, if you’re more of the techy type, eBook stores like Kindle and Kobo would be better suited for you.
A good place to start:
- How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
- Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell
- The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
- The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. ray and Bret Norris
There are many, many other books out there, but these are just some that I have used and have found helpful.
This is a website that scans your writing and tells you if your sentences are too complicated, or contains too many adjectives (we’re all guilty of those). It’s quite self-explanatory and the website tells you what it does. Simple and efficient. There’s also a desktop edition, but you have to pay for that.
Rejoice, fiction writers! Whether you’re a fan-fiction writer, writing your own piece, or a role-player, here is a website with generators for all things fantasy and sci-fi. With a wide variety of iconic titles like Warcraft, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings and Dragon Age, there’s something for everyone.
Looking for an alien name? There’s a generator for that. Can’t think of a plot? There’s one for that too. Figuring out what to call a mythical city? Yup, you guessed it. Seriously, it has everything. Have fun and go crazy.
I can’t even begin to tell you how useful this has been for my writing. There’s a thesaurus for the weather, physical features, character traits, setting, emotions, etc. Most of the entries are free to view, but to get the most out of it, you can buy their physical copies or eBooks for a decent price (Emotion Thesaurus and Character Traits Thesaurus).
I do believe that it’s a good investment if you’re a writer, but if you’re feeling a bit apprehensive about buying a physical/digital copy, why not collaborate with a fellow writer-friend and share the cost? I highly recommend an eBook on a platform like Kobo for this option.