Writers can never have too many resources! I’ve already shared five of my favorite writing resources, but I have more for you! :)
1) On Writing by Stephen King
I read this book…oh, maybe two or three years ago now. I had an idea in my mind to get it out every year and read through it again because that’s just how much I love this book. (I say idea because it never actually happened that way….) But I bought it immediately after reading it because I knew I was going to want to read it again at some point. It’s so good. Whether or not you like Stephen King’s books, you can’t deny the fact that he’s had a very successful writing career. This book inspired me so much! The copy I had borrowed from the library had so many sticky notes in it so that I could write down quotes later. So good.
This may seem like a strange thing to consider a writing resource…but I do. It’s a social network, sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow other writers. There are so many authors who share their writing process, offer encouragement, and will help you dig deeper into that novel that you’re in the middle of! I can definitely say that I wouldn’t be where I am in my writing life without the people that I’ve met here; they mean that much to me.
It’s a wonderful place to find your people, and that’s an invaluable thing.
Podcasts are a wonderful thing to listen to…whenever. During your commute, while you’re getting ready in the morning, while you’re cooking…. I’m trying to make a habit of listening to them more. And here’s one that I think you’ll love!
Sarah interviews authors and they talk about any and all things writing. It’s encouraging and she’s a wonderful host!
This is how Hemingway describes what it does:
Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.
You can utilize a shorter word in place of a purple one. Mouse over them for hints.
Adverbs and weakening phrases are helpfully shown in blue. Get rid of them and pick words with force, perhaps.
Phrases in green have been marked to show passive voice.
You can format your text with the toolbar.
Paste in something you're working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button and compose something new.
It will also tell you what reading level your work is at! It’s so helpful and such a great tool; bookmark it now so that you can use it all the time! :D
Nothing like some shameless self-promotion, eh?
I started a subscription box just for writers, called ScribeKit!
There are monthly themes and you’ll receive themed writing resources (some of which are from Lara Ferrari, whom I mentioned last time around!), teas, and just some fun things to brighten up your day!
It’s been a blast and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for it!
We're looking to make a few changes at the moment to make the kits more personal. (I'm super excited about it!) :D
So there you have it! Five more of my favorite writing resources!
Was there one of these you didn’t know about? Something you think I should include next time? I’d love to hear about it below!