Resources for a Writer

As we all know, the internet is just FILLED to the brim with chuck loads of information.

Us writers have our happy little community in the universe that is the internet, but since we have so much to write about, some of the information can get lost.

Sometimes there’s just so much that eventually we get overwhelmed, and we don’t know what to use anymore.

Most resources people use is based on personal preference, and that’s completely understandable, but sometimes we just need a list of possibilities when we’re stuck hunting something down and not finding exactly what we need.

Now, I’m no research expert, but I have acquired a few websites over the years that has really made an impact on me and my writing.

These are just a few of my favorites:

https://wall.alphacoders.com/

This is a space of pure creativity. I’ve been using this website ever since I wrote my first story (ever!) It’s meant to provide wallpaper, but it is a treasure chest full of art that is invaluable for inspiration.

When the imagination juices are running dry, I can almost guarantee a story will pop out at you with this website.

http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

This is for all my world creators out there. This is a list of world-building questions that are meant to really force you to think about your world.

Every possible question you can think of about a world, I’m sure this list has something you might have forgotten. All the topics, sub-topics, and questions pertaining to those topics are right there for you when you need to dig deep and think large.

Despite all the information, it doesn’t feel overbearing, and to me, that’s the best part, because there’s no need to go through every single thing on the list if you don’t want it. It is your story after all.

http://writingfix.com/PDFs/Writing_Tools/said_synonyms.pdf

Said synonyms. Enough said. (Not sure if that would count as a pun, but if it is, it was intended.)

http://litreactor.com/

There are many ways to immerse yourself into the writing community. You reading this blog post is one of them!

However, I find Lit Reactor to be a phenomenal place to be for a writer. Classes, podcasts, workshops, newsletters, essays, you name it. Lit Reactor has it all, and the voices are all from writers.

It is pricey to participate in classes, but it’s an option if you ever get an opportunity to take one.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/at-home-workshop-revise-your-novel-in.html

Janice Hardy’s blog is already a trove of wonderful things for writers. It is called Fiction University after all.

The one thing that really caught my eye from her blog, however, is her 31 day editing program. If you ever needed an extensive step by step list of how to thoroughly edit a novel, you’re not going to find something better than this.

Each day will give you the case of the blood, sweat, and tears everyone talks about when working on a project, but in the end, you have a shiny, new beautiful book right there in your hands. Give a try next time you’re ready to edit.

http://rollforfantasy.com/tools/map-creator.php#.V6FtYLgrKhe

Once again, a friendly page for my fellow fantasy writers, particularly those with an eye for words but a rather shaky hand when it comes to art.

If you’re like me and your parents just skipped right past the basic drawing skills kit when they were creating you, then this is the site for you.

Making a map is very helpful, but when you can’t draw, can be frustrating. Try this website on for size, so you can make a beautiful map for your world.

https://www.coffitivity.com/

For those who try to stay away from YouTube because of procrastination reasons, but still need some background noise to work, try out this website.

Enter the cafe without the need to actually leave the comfort of your own home.

If you have any other websites that you feel would be so beneficial for me and other writers to see, feel free to leave a link in the comment section.

Let’s all help writers be better writers.

 

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