This thread should have something for most writers - for those still struggling to quite grasp the English language, to those who have been writing for years.
I find these sites with a combination of youtube, tumblr, wattpad, articles, and what is recommended to me. Feel free to make recommendations, I might add them to the list.
-it’s in English or have an English option
-it seems reliable
-it is free or it has a free option
Point out if something is off about any of the sites, I can’t keep track of everything. I’ll try to keep it updated and add something new every so often.
Are you a novice struggling to figure out where to start?
Stick around, on the end of this post I’ll compose a small list of articles covering the basics.
Cold Turkey Writer - Blocks out every distracting thing on your computer until a certain time has passed or you’ve typed a certain number of words.
Hemingway Editor - Catches adverbs, passive voice, and sentences that are too complicated.
Blindwrite - Blurs out your writing for a certain amount of time.
Write Or Die - Incentivises writing by deleting text if you pause for a too long.
ProWritingAid - Grammar and quality checker.
Descriptionari - This site is an archive of descriptions.
Seven Sanctum - Generators for names, personality, abilities, and more.
Motive generator - Offers prompts to give your character’s purpose.
TV tropes - A classic. Has a large archive of tropes you may get inspiration from.
Powerlisting - An archive of magical powers used in media.
General Information and research
Nownovel Blog - Articles on everything, from how to develop a character to determining a genre.
Food timeline - A timeline of food and recipes, from 17,000BC until now
The Grinder - ressources leaning more towards short stories and poetry.
Lords and ladies - Basic European history.
Pantheon - Online encyclopedia on folklore and mythology.
Psychwriter - Combines writing and psychology.
Positive writer - Articles on remaining positive as a writer.
Dialect archive - Recordings of different accents and dialects from all around the globe.
Pexels - Royalty free images.
Unsplash - More royalty free images.
Canva - Easy cover editor that has a wattpad sized format. Easy to use and convenient when adding text.
Words without borders - focuses on translation and international literature
Grammar Girl - explains language and usage in an entertaining manner at her blog.
The Chicago Manual of Style - is the style guide used by most of the book publishing industry.
Daily Writing Tips - looks at topics like usage, spelling, vocabulary and more.
Grammar Book - has usage rules, quizzes and more.
Word Hippo - generates word origins, synonyms, antonyms, translations, tenses, rhyming words, various parts of speech, names and more.
Social media specific
The big thread on how to get reads - A guide on how you might achieve success on wattpad.
Inkarnate - Simple map creator.
Agentyquery - A free searchable database of literary agents, publishers, and other useful stuff for those looking to publish.
Trello - Helps you keep organized.
Namehunter - Type in names for inspiration, and it’ll give you similar ones.
City generator - Generates a random map for urban developments.
Azgaar - Map generator
Writing excuses - podcast about writing
Components of tension and suspense
Words for describing hair
Ways to end your novel
Sliding Scale for Core Dialogue Traits
Writing a main character/characters
Tips on how you should write
Ten steps to writing a novel
POV, genre, and other technical stuff
The difference between POV
I haven’t read all these articles in detail, feel free to point out if there’s crappy advice.