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The All-Time Best Resources for Creative Writers

Like it or not, it’s not enough to just write. If you want to become a writer and publish bestselling books, you need to invest in yourself.

Over the last 15 years, as I’ve grown from an aspiring writer to bestselling author, I’ve invested over $100,000 in my career. Much of that has been on training at the craft of writing, but I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on tools, pieces of software, and publishing and marketing training. 

I’m not saying you have to spend that much to be successful, but I do believe if you want to become a better writer faster some kind of investment is needed.

The good news is that today, there are so many tools and resources out there to help writers. But which ones do you need, and how can you know if they’re worth your time and money?

I’ve tested all kinds of tools for writers over the years, and here I’ll share all my favorites, the ones that have helped me the most and that I believe will help you, too.

I do want to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links, and if you choose to purchase something using one of those links, I’ll receive a small percentage (at no extra cost to you, of course!). This helps me keep writing and keep the lights on at The Write Practice so I can continue sharing everything I’m learning with you. I only recommend tools I’ve used and that I truly believe will improve your writing and publishing experience.

Best Writing Software, Tools, and Programs for Writers

Scrivener (Mac or Windows) is the best word processor I’ve found for writers, and easily allows you to keep even the biggest novels or books organized. I often use it to capture ideas months or even years before I start the actual writing. If you have a hard time keeping your writing organized, I highly recommend this word processor. You can read my Scrivener review here or download Scrivener today.

 

ProWritingAid is my favorite grammar and style tool for writers. It will correct your grammar and spelling, but it will also go far beyond that, giving you in-depth analyses of your writing style so that you can refine your writing and become a better writer. You can find out more about ProWritingAid from my review here or go ahead and download ProWritingAid here. (HINT: Use my code WritePractice25 for 25 percent off!)

An Author WebsiteIf you want to be an author, you need an author website. It’s your home on the internet, the place where you’ll gather your readers and sell your books. The good news is, building a great website doesn’t have to be complicated. How to Build an Author Website is my complete step-by-step guide to creating the website that will be the foundation of your book sales.

Publisher Rocket. What if you have two different book ideas? Wouldn’t it be nice to know which one would sell better? Or what if you want to optimize a book to sell better on Amazon? Or what if you want to see how much your favorite authors are making? You can do that and more with Publisher Rocket, a truly amazing, data driven tool to find out exactly how people are searching for books and what they want to read. Find out more on my Publisher Rocket review or click to download it now

The Best Writing Software

We’ve put dozens of pieces of writing software to the test and are sharing what works the best. Find a full list of the best software for writers here.

Best Books for Writers

Story Grid, by NY Times bestselling author and editor Shawn Coyne, is perhaps the writing framework I recommend most. The book itself is good, but even better is the associated podcast and online courses. Story Grid took some ideas and knowledge I already had and gave me a workable framework to use in my writing. You can read my literary crisis guide for more info on Story Grid, or purchase the book here.

14 Prompts by Joe Bunting (me). Most collections of creative writing prompts have hundreds or even thousands of prompts, but this book isn’t meant to be a random list of ideas to begin your novel. 14 Prompts will inspire you to a new way of seeing your writing process. Get the book for free when you subscribe here or purchase it on Amazon.

You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins. An eBook about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. In it, you will learn everything from how to get started with a writing career to ultimately getting your work published — and all the wonderful work in between.

Get the book here.

Let’s Write a Short Story! by Joe Bunting (me!). What is the best way to improve at writing fast, get published sooner, and build a lasting career as a writer? Short stories. More than 100 five-star reviews on Amazon can’t be wrong. Get Let’s Write a Short Story!

 

 

Your First 1,000 Copies by Tim Grahl makes book marketing fun.
In today’s publishing climate, every author needs to be developing relationships with an audience. Most writers I talk to are overwhelmed with the process and don’t know how to get started. Get Your First 1,000 Copies here.

Best Courses for Writers

There are great writing courses out there, and… some not so great courses. How do you know which ones you should invest in? Here are a few of my suggestions.

Book Writing Course: 100 Day Book
100 Day Book is a program where you’ll get walked through the process of writing a draft of a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book over 100 days, which is, in my opinion, the best  amount of time to write a draft of any kind of book. You’ll get paired with book writing mentor who can help you get unstuck, join a community of writers going through the same process, and get the lessons and feedback you need to make your book good. Learn more about 100 Day Book here.

Marketing and Publishing Class: Write to Publish
Writing a book is just the first part of becoming a writer. You also have to build an audience and learn how to convince them to buy your books. That’s where Write to Publish comes in. You’ll get the lessons you need to publish and market your books, be paired with a bestselling author who can hold you accountable and problem solve with you, and gather a team of fellow authors who can help you throughout your career. Learn more about Write to Publish here.

Amazon Advertising Class (FREE)
Amazon ads have transformed my publishing process. In 2019 alone, I’ve sold over $24,000 worth of books through Amazon ads. The best place to learn how to use Amazon Ads to sell more copies of your books is through Kindlepreneur’s free AMS Ad Course

MasterClass
In addition to the above courses, one great MasterClasses are online courses taught by incredible leaders in their fields. My favorite is Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass: Neil Gaiman is a Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker award-winning author of StardustCoraline, and The Sandman, among many others. In his MasterClass, he breaks down his approach to storytelling so that you too can write captivating stories.

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