Kale’s Masterlist of Free Writing Resources
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 week.
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.
Descriptionari - You know that feeling when you need to describe something but you don’t really know how to put it into words? This site is an archive of descriptions.
Motive generator - Offers prompts to give your characters purpose.
General Information and research
Nownovel Blog - Articles on everything, from how to develop a character to determining a genre.
Pantheon - Online encyclopedia on folklore and mythology.
Psychwriter - Combines writing and psychology.
Positive writer - Articles on remaining positive as a writer.
Dialect archive - This website has recordings of an array of different dialects, for those struggling to narrow it down.
Pexels - Royalty free images.
Unsplash.com - 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 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.
Trello - Helps you keep organized.
Namehunter - Type in names for inspiration, and it’ll give you similar ones.
Components of tension and suspense
Words for describing hair
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.