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.
Books by The Write Practice
Let’s Write a Short Story! by Joe Bunting. 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!
15 Days to Write and Submit a Short Story by Joe Bunting. The companion workbook to Let’s Write a Short Story, this book will walk you through the process of writing a short story, from initial idea all the way to publication.
14 Prompts by Joe Bunting. Most collections of 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.
How to Win a Writing Contest by Joe Bunting. Writing contests offer an incredible opportunity to practice writing a story, get feedback, get published, and even win prizes. But how do you not just enter a contest, but win? I’ve judged over a dozen writing contests, and in this book I share everything you need to know to win.
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.
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 recommend Scrivener.
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 why we love ProWritingAid here.
Most writers I know say they don’t have time to write. But what they really mean is they don’t have the focus they need to write. Freedom keeps you focused on your writing by blocking all the websites you find most distracting. If you want to get more writing done, give Freedom a try.
Author Website and Platform
If 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.
MasterClasses are online courses taught by incredible leaders in their fields. There are several MasterClasses from great writers, and we’re sharing our favorites here.
Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass: Neil Gaiman is a Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker award-winning author of Stardust, Coraline, and The Sandman, among many others. In his MasterClass, he breaks down his approach to storytelling so that you too can write captivating stories.
R.L. Stine’s MasterClass: R.L. Stine is the author of the Goosebumps series of young adult horror novels. In his MasterClass, he shares his best advice for writing stories for young readers.