Www-writing resources!

Let’s start with where you can go for inspiration.

Technovelgy (a portmanteau of “novel technology”) features inventions and ideas from the Science Fiction genre. Their news feed about real-life science and technology developments is another good resource for world-building. A comparable online resource for the fantastical is Encyclopedia Mythica, were you can find thousands of articles on the beings in mythology, folklore, and religion.

Why dig for inspiration? Get writing!

One Word will give you a daily prompt and one minute to write. Tip: Give yourself another fifteen minutes offsite to expand on what you wrote. See how far you can go!

Write or Die program by Dr. Wicked is a punishment tool. That actually makes sense when you try it.

Double-check your word count at WordCounter.net.

What is grammar, again?

Guide to Grammar by the late Dr. Charles Darling remains my favorite reference.

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips is current and fun. Use the search! The site isn’t the easiest to navigate.

Which sites host general forums for writers?

Absolute Write Water Cooler offers forums for discussions and critiques. It’s one of the oldest and most well-known writers’ forums.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual writing project, but you can find support for almost any long writing project in their forums.

Twitter! No, that’s not a joke. Hashtag chats and advice threads on Twitter are great for quick shares of information for those who can figure out the ever-changing site etiquette.

 Are you on Twitter? Find lists of useful accounts @shadowsminder.

Participating in a big group of writers can be enlightening.

Inkygirl shares writing-related cartoons (see above) and inspiration from impromptu art that reveals wonders in the world.

Where can you learn about markets for publishing stories?

Writer Beware offers advice for identifying publishing frauds and scams.

Duotrope’s Digest provides listings of fiction & poetry publications.

Ralan Webstravaganza offers market listing for Speculative Fiction and Humor.

The (Submissions) Grinder for “milling your submissions into something useful…”. Like Duotrope, this site also offers a story tracker. Unlike Duotrope, it’s free to use.

An agent takes on much of the market research for books. Find ones looking for your manuscript at Manuscript Wish List. The online QueryTracker can help with organizing submissions to agents.

Who provides design tools for visual marketing?

Self publishing is a better option for some stories. Authors either need to hire help with marketing or handle their own marketing. Below are a few tools that might help with self-promotion.

Images for Commercial Use

Public Domain Images: Pixabay is a free site for sharing or downloading photographs and vector images. Many of these images permit commercial use, which means you can use it them for book marketing without getting into legal trouble. This is also a easy tool for looking up character or setting references that you may share publicly.

Stock Photos (Free): Librestock scans and indexes photos from several sites. Most of their stock is available with a CC0 Creative Commons license.

Stock Pictures (Paid): Depositphotos offers millions of royalty-free photos, illustrations, vector images, and videos. Watch for sales of inexpensive packages.

Design Programs

Basic Design Tools: Both Canva and Crello are free, graphic-design sites used by non-designers and professionals for web and print designs. Each website provides access to templates and over a million inexpensive images and fonts.

General Image Editor: GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is cross-platform freeware. The learning curve to use this editor is fairly steep, but online videos tutorials help answer questions.

Vector Design Tool: Experienced graphic designers might enjoy using Vectr. It’s “a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality.”

Page Last Updated: September 27, 2019