Writing Tools and Resources
Here are some of the tools and resources I use. I hope they will help you as much as they have helped me. The list is ever expanding as I’m still a student —and would like to stay that way.
Scrivener is a word processor and outliner which helps you outline and structure your ideas, organise notes, research and create characters, settings and build worlds. It is the ultimate writing software which I have been using for some time now and highly recommend.
Evernote is where I take notes, save my research, capture ideas, plan holidays, keep my recipes, course notes, my clippings from eBooks and so much more.
Wunderlist is an online to-do list application. Smartphone friendly therefore your lists go to the supermarket with you.
Penzu is a personal online journal with military grade security.
On Writing by Stephen King
In this part memoir, part writing book, Stephen King pains a real picture for anyone who wants to write, equips them with all the tools and you may learn things like “adverb is not your friend.”
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
I’m not a huge fan of Lamott’s books about her faith or grandchildren but I enjoyed her unique approach to writing in Bird by Bird and “shitty first draft” is not the only thing I took from this book.
You’re a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
This book is full of practical tips and inspiration. Jeff Goins knows how to convince you that you actually are a writer and prepares you for the road ahead.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
An ultimate book on creativity. With The Artist’s Way, you learn how to write your morning pages.
No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty
Chris Baty is the founder of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and this book is an absolute must if you ever want to be a part of NaNoWriMo.
K. M. Weiland’s Books on Outlining and Structure
When it comes to outlining and structure, Katie of K. M. Weiland is your person. I have all four in both formats: eBook and paperback. As you can see, there are accompanying workbooks too which are incredibly valuable and they get you started immediately.
Outlining Your Novel by K. M. Weiland
Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K. M. Weiland
Structuring Your Novel by K. M. Weiland
Structuring Your Novel Workbook by K. M. Weiland
Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
This is another good book on structure. James Scott Bell puts it out there with great examples and some extras too. I highly recommend this one.
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi Reference Books
I believe every writer should have these in their library. These books help you create fresh, compelling and captivating characters.
The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (A companion to The Emotion Thesaurus)
As you may know, I am a published food writer so I thought I’d add a little list of books on food writing as well.
Will Write for Food by Diane Jacob
The Recipe Writer’s Handbook by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and Jane L. Baker
The Resource Guide for Food Writers by Gary Allen, published by The Culinary Institute of America.
Writing Blogs to Follow
Helping Writers Become Authors by K. M. Weiland
The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn
Positive Writer by Bryan Hutchinson
Live Write Thrive by C. S. Lakin
Writers Helping Writers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Goins, Writer by Jeff Goins
The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne