100 Useful Web Tools for Writers | College Degrees All kinds of writers, including poets, biographers, journalists, biz tech writers, students, bloggers and technical writers, take a unique approach to their jobs, mixing creativity with sustainability. Whether you’re a freelance writer just scraping by or someone with a solid job and more regular hours, the Internet can provide you with unending support for your practical duties like billing, scheduling appointments, and of course getting paid; as well as for your more creative pursuits, like developing a plot, finding inspiration and playing around with words. Turn to this list for 100 useful Web tools that will help you with your career, your sanity and your creativity whenever your write. Getting Organized Thanks to the Internet, disorganized writers are no longer a cliche. Finding Inspiration Beat down writer’s block by using these online idea prompts and inspirational tools. Getting Gigs For many writers, finding a gig is the hardest part of their career. Networking and Marketing
The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations is a descriptive list which was created by Georges Polti to categorize every dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance. To do this Polti analyzed classical Greek texts, plus classical and contemporaneous French works. He also analyzed a handful of non-French authors. In his introduction, Polti claims to be continuing the work of Carlo Gozzi, who also identified 36 situations. Publication history “Gozzi maintained that there can be but thirty-six tragic situations. This list was published in a book of the same name, which contains extended explanations and examples. The list is popularized as an aid for writers, but it is also used by dramatists, storytellers and many others. The 36 situations Each situation is stated, then followed by the necessary elements for each situation and a brief description. See also References External links
30 Truly Useful Mac Apps for Professional Writers As a full-time professional writer, I’m always on the lookout for utilities that will improve my workflow and help provide a much needed boost in efficiency. Today we’ll take a look at thirty of the best utilities around to help serious writers in their work. Whether you want a better way to work with Markdown or need something to help you plot out the scenes in your next novel, this roundup has just what you’re looking for. Advanced Writing Tools The writing market is quickly becoming over-saturated with extremely basic utilities that are easy on the eyes but so light on features that professional writers often miss the good old days when developers did all they could to provide you with the powerful tools that you need to get the job done. Ulysses Ulysses is truly an app for professional writing assignments. Price: $29.99 Ulysses Mellel Mellel is a word processor specially designed to handle long and complicated documents, books, manuscripts, dissertations, etc. Price: $28.99 Mellel Scrivener
Cliche Finder Have you been searching for just the right cliché to use? Are you searching for a cliché using the word "cat" or "day" but haven't been able to come up with one? Just enter any words in the form below, and this search engine will return any clichés which use that phrase... Over 3,300 clichés indexed! What exactly is a cliche? This is Morgan, creator of the Cliche Finder. Or, you might like my crazy passion project: Spanish for Nerds: Learning Spanish via Etymologies! Back to cliches... if you would like to see some other Web sites about clichés? © S. Special thanks to Damien LeriAnd to Mike Senter Morgan's Web page
Worksheets for Writers The writing community is fortunate to have many great resources. Based on things I learned from phenomenal teachers like Larry Brooks, Michael Hauge, and Martha Alderson, I developed these worksheets* to help all writers, from plotters to pantsers (those who write by the seat of their pants). Let me know at my Contact page if there are other worksheets you’d like me to create. Sign up for my newsletter to receive my blog posts and hear about all additions I make to this page. * With the exception of the Save the Cat Beat Sheet, which was developed by Elizabeth Davis. New to Beat Sheets? Note: I love sharing these worksheets, but if you give others the direct links to the files, the links won’t work. (Click each image to view larger version.) Save the Cat Beat Sheet: This spreadsheet is based on Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat writing craft book. Save the Cat Beat Sheet Spreadsheet for Novels by Elizabeth Davis. Story Engineering Story Structure Beat Sheet: Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet:
Three Programs for Formatting an eBook - Kelsye Nelson Preparing to publish a book? While it’s handy-dandy that Amazon’s KDP program let’s you simply upload a word document to the site, the auto-formatting leaves much to be desired. To create a professional book, format it on your own before uploading to Amazon or any other platform. Here are three tools for formatting an eBook that I have used and can personally recommend. All of the formatting software I recommend below offer free trial options. Vellum It’s true, I’m biased. To use Vellum: Download the software for free. Cost: Free software. Scrivener I have great, epic love for Scrivener because the organizing tools helped me transform my random collection of scenes and musings into an actual novel with plotting, story arcs and cohesion – oh my! To use Scrivener: Download the software. Cost: Buy the Software for $45. Tip: Run a google search for “Scrivener promo code” and you’ll almost always find a discount you can use to buy the software. Adobe InDesign
Scriffon: Write and publish on the Web Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps By Glen C. Strathy How would you like to create a plot outline for your novel in less than an hour that is emotionally compelling and dramatically sound? It's easier than you think. The secret is to incorporate the 8 Basic Plot Elements. Starting with your story idea, you only need to make eight choices to ensure the plot of your future novel hangs together in a meaningful way. Sound intriguing? I'll describe each of the eight elements in turn. On the other hand, if you already have a draft for a novel, that you're looking to revise, then ask yourself, as we go through these elements, whether you have included them in your story. 1. 15K+Save The first element to include in your plot outline is the Story Goal, which we covered in detail in the previous article, The Key to a Solid Plot: Choosing a Story Goal. There are many ways we could involve other characters in this goal. ... a mother who wants her to be happier. ... a jealous ex-boyfriend who tries to sabotage her love life. 2. 3. 4. 6.
15 Essential Time-saving Tools for Busy Writers by Bryan Collins By Bryan Collins (@BryanJCollins) Are you having trouble finding time to write? Do you find it difficult to balance self-publishing with the other parts of being a writing, creating and marketing a book? Are you looking for a definitive list of writing tools you can use and depend on? Don’t worry. In this post, I’ve gathered 15 of the best writing tools that will save you time, write more frequently, and become a more productive writer. Put Your Words Before Your Tools A bad craftsman blames their tools when things go wrong. What are your favourite writing tools? Bryan Collins is a writing coach and author who helps other writers use words to achieve their goals and dreams. Photo: bigstockphoto.com. Be Sociable, Share! Tagged as: AWeber, Bryan Collins, Buffer, Compfight, Death to the Stock Photo, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Adwords Keywords Planner, Google Apps for Work, Google Drive, Grammarly, Hootsuite, Lynda.com, MailChimp, Medium, Pickfu, Rev, Scrivener, WordPress, writing tools