RESOURCES FOR WRITERS
As a writer, finishing your novel is the beginning of your journey, and one that should be celebrated. Once that's done, though, the journey truly begins.... Below is a compilation of resources for writers I've put together, tested and tried by myself. Some of them are editing tools, others are books... Give them a go at your own pace, and see how they work out for you!
The Writer's Cookbook
Ever wanted to be a writer and earn a full-time income from it? The Writer's Cookbook (TWC) can get you there. They help over 35 000 writers a month by providing regular blogs, bite-sized courses to devour and podcasts to listen to (soon to come!). These cover everything you need to know to make a living from your writing, whether that’s as a novelist, a poet, or a blogger. Maybe even a combination. What you can achieve is only limited by your imagination. Whether you want to make money as a novelist or a nonfiction writer, TWC has something for you, for a one-off price that gives you lifetime access to all the content and any future updates.
Currently open for enrolment is "From Idea to Income" a course helping bloggers monetize their writing, and "Character Creation Crash Course" - I've been clamouring for this one since I read a particular book on characters (more below on that) because it teaches you how to create realistic, believable, and three-dimensional characters for your writing that keep people reading. No stereotypes, archetypes, or tropes in sight.
Start off by reading my editing post
For Plotting and Editing
ProWritingAid is an amazing tool that helps you self-edit your novels. With built-in various settings like business English, creative English, etc., it also has cool reports you can run on sections of your manuscripts to see how it compares with the average.
Plottr is a unique tool for the writers who love plotting. It helps you segment your book in chapters, sections, and add cool notes and character cheat sheets. I'm not a plotter, but I've found the visual cues extremely appealing!
Kristina Adams is my go-to non-fiction author for bettering my writing craft. Her new release book about writing believable characters is a must-read for anyone who wants readers hooked on their characters! And the productivity and myths books will help you get a much, much better understanding of the writing world you've stepped into.
I recently discovered Chris Fox's 8 book series, and have been recommending it high and low to everyone that ever asks me anything about writing. His books are quick to read, packed with exercises that practice his concepts, and... Honestly, I could go on. But do yourself a favour and try one of them!
For the Romance Writers...
If you're about to write your first romance novel or want to improve on one you've completed, check out this book by Gwen Hayes on the subject!
There are so, so many writing resources out there, only eclipsed by the many writing marketing books. Amazon alone has a plethora of suggested books for marketing, anything from ads for authors to making Facebook work for you, and more.
In the midst of all this chaos, these books, I've found, started me well on the path of learning what I need to know about being digital, the inner workings of the Amazon algorithm, the importance of having a book launch plan and marketing plan, and how to build newsletters.
They are not alone, and if ever you want more suggestions, feel free to reach out to me and ask for more. But they are definitely a great starting point!