Alright, I’m going to put three words together that is going to get you guys into a feeding frenzy of excitement. Are you ready? Free. Online. Resources. I know, I know, don’t go too crazy. Today we’re talking about my five favorite choices for free resources for writers online, with maybe a few bonus sites thrown in because you guys are super special and nice 🙂 Now, let’s get this party rolling!
If you’ve never checked this app out, you really need to. Basically, you write or paste text in the provided box, and the app goes through and checks readability, sentence structure, adverbs, basically anything that you might want to take note of. It’s an incredible resource for writers, and especially for college students looking to edit their academic papers. Now, like most other online resources, it is to be taken with a grain of salt, as it’s “style” makes your writing as simple as possible. Any flow-y language is highlighted and anything unnecessary is shown. The thing you have to keep in mind when using this app is that it’s job is to tell you what the classical grammar rules of our language are. It’s your job to choose to take those rules into consideration, or completely ignore them. But one of the best lessons my teachers ever gave me was that you need to know the rules in order to break them properly.
HemingwayApp is free online, and you can also purchase it to have it offline on your computer offline.
Though there are a million different sites for writing prompts and story starters (I particularly like using Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck and Overheard in London, too), Seventh Sanctum is an awesome online resource if you’re in need of a quick story starter for your genre. They have picks for Envisioners (retellings and mash-ups), Quick Story Ideas, Quick Story Themes, Plot Twists, Romance Stories, Symbols, What-Ifs, Writing Challenges, and general writing prompts, along with a ton of other resources outside of writing itself.
I’ve only just stepped into the world of mindmapping recently for the rebranding of this blog, and can I just say that I am LOVING it! Mind mapping is the perfect idea when you have a lot to get out but you don’t want to stick to conventional lists or lines. Mind Meister is amazing because your first map is free and if you want to be cheap like me you can make multiple accounts to use for multiple stories
I’ve talked about NaNoWriMo before. Really, a lot. Not only is it good for a little healthy competition and self-motivation in November (and for Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July!), but their forums are a total goldmine! There’s a massive community on there, and you can ask pretty much anything related to writing or research (or anything else, really), and someone will be there to help you out stat. Of course, you also should help other people out as you can, because we’re all in this together, right!? Community is always one of the best online resources in itself!
Alright, I didn’t intend for this portion to get as long as it did, but hey, that’s what happens, right? Anyway, these are my absolute must-check-out blogs and vlogs all about the craft of writing. They’re not in any particular order, but I definitely know that I check out Write World a ton when I need online resources on particular topics because they have extensive reblogs of research of all kinds on just about every topic under the sun. But you seriously need to check out every single one of these sites and videos!
- Write World
- Now Novel
- She’s Novel
- Mandy Wallace
- Blots & Plots
- Ink and Quills
- Jenna Moreci (Vlogger)
- Kim Chance (Vlogger)
- ShaelinWrites (Vlogger)
- Mandi Lynn (Vlogger)
- Vivien Reis (Website) (Vlog)
- Writability/bookishpixie (Website) (Vlog)
This one is just a little site I found a year or two ago (thank you, tumblr), and it can be used to generate text that makes it realistically look like it was written drunk. You can set the text to be tipsy, drunk, very drunk, or smashed, all of which will put out different results based on your original text. That way, you keep from having a character who’s only supposed to be a little tipsy and they end up texting with a hundred q’s.
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