Kale's Masterlist of Free Writing Resources

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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.

My requirements:
-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.

Writing
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.

Inspiration
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.

Body language cheat sheet

List of Personality Traits

400 Alternatives For “Said”

Masterlist of Gestures and Bodylanguage

TV tropes - A classic. Has a large archive of tropes you may get inspiration from.

Powerlisting - An archive of magical powers used in media.

A list of careers

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.

Cover Creation
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.

Grammar
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.

Other
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

Visual media

POV

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Cheat sheets for emotion and body langauge

Why Readers Stop Reading: Statistics

Emotions in the body

Components of tension and suspense

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Words for describing hair

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Overcoming writersblocks

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Ways to end your novel

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Sliding Scale for Core Dialogue Traits

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The Basics

Setting
What is a story setting? Determining time and place

7 tips to get setting right

Examples of effective settings

Characer writing
Writing a main character/characters

Developing a character

Tips on nailing appearance

Character arcs

Tips on how you should write
Ten steps to writing a novel

Tips on writing

POV, genre, and other technical stuff
The difference between POV

Summary writing

Narrative types

Genre

How to turn an idea into a novel

I haven’t read all these articles in detail, feel free to point out if there’s crappy advice.

Click here for blog posts

Now, get writing you crazy kids!

Thank you for posting this! Though I’m happy with my old version of Write Or Die, I’ll keep Cold Turkey Writer in mind if I ever replace my laptop.

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I was never good at being punished for not writing, especially since I have to stop and think a lot :joy:
Cold turkey is pretty cool. It’s also virtually impossible to close. Once you’ve set your word goal, you have no choice but to get it done if you want to use your computer.

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I just type “I don’t know what to write” repeatedly until I do know. The action of typing anything tends to unblock my brain within a minute or so.

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That’s a good point! I’ll add it to my list.

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Updated with new links

Agentyquery - A free searchable database of literary agents that not only allows you to search by genre but includes information such as agent interests and whether they are currently accepting new clients. The site also includes a social networking aspect.

Motive generator - Offers prompts to give your characters purpose.

Pantheon - Online encyclopedia on folklore and mythology.

Positive writer - Articles on remaining positive as a writer.

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.

Trello - Helps you keep organized.

Dialect archive - You struggling to narrow down a dialect? This website has the recordings.

Also new:

A visual media category added, as well as a wattpad category. There is now also resources available for beginners.

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I’m going to add this to The Big Thread On How To Get Reads under “Useful Threads” - is that okay? :smile:

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Go ahead! :grin:
I’ll probably add that to this list as well, actually.

And you go right ahead too! :smile:

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Another small update:

Gave the thread a small face lift and added some more links to the beginners category.

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This is insanely good. Thank you so much! <3 i do reccomend unsplash.com for royalty free photos as well.

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Thank you! :grin::grin:
It was about time I gathered all my resources in one place anyways.

I’ll add it to the list!

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Oh my lordy I feel the same way, master lists like this are the greatest thing ever.

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Honestly! They give me my organization fix.

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Update

Links
Namehunter - Type in names for inspiration, and it’ll give you similar ones.

Visuals

Components of tension and suspense

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Words for describing hair

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Overcoming writersblocks

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Thanks for this post with all of these resources. Most helpful thing ever.

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Thank you!

Update

Articles
Tips on nailing appearance

Visuals

Ways to end your novel

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Thank you!

I’ve been using Trello for a while now, and I can confirm that it’s topnotch.

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Awesome list. Thanks, Kales :grin::heart:

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