You don’t need much to write. Just a pen and a paper would do. But because of the internet, we suddenly have so many more incredible tools at our disposal. Here are some of my favourite links, apps, and other writing resources!
Probably my favourite writing tool, Scapple is a paid note-making app that has revolutionised how I plot my stories. I can make notes and connect them, which helps me create “mind maps” of my ideas. It’s a brilliant tool if you struggle to outline your stories. The only downside is that you do have to buy it, so it’d only recommend it if you’re 100% certain you’re going to use it.
2. Hemingway App
The Hemingway Editor is excellent if you’re looking to tighten writing that might be too complex. Its algorithm can spot sentences that are too hard to read, the use of adverbs and passive voice, and can identify words or phrases with simpler meanings. While I do think it’s useful, I also don’t recommend taking its suggestions as absolute. You still want to hold on to your unique voice, you just want to make your sentences read better.
The best part? You can use it online for free.
3. The Gotham Character Questionnaire
No, this has nothing to do with Batman. This questionnaire is for those who need help creating characters. With questions like, What is in your character’s refrigerator right now? you’re forced to think about the minutiae of your character’s life. It helps writers flesh out their characters and transform them into real, three-dimensional people.
4. Just Write
Possibly my favourite YouTube channel ever, Just Write has an excellent series of videos critiquing movies and TV with a writer’s eye. Not only does it teach you how to think like a writer, but it also teaches you the subtle art of consuming content like a writer. I can spend hours watching these videos. I think my favourite is the enormous three-part review of the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie, which was extremely funny, and also extremely informative.
Initially I was very suspicious of Grammarly. I guess I didn’t want a programme to be reading my writing and telling me what was wrong with it. But I’ve since come around and I have to say, Grammarly is an incredible tool that writers should consider trying.
It’s great to live in an era when these tools are available at the tap of a touchpad.
Have you tried any of these resources? Did they work for you? What are some of your favourite writing resources? Let me know in the comments!