Resources

Sharing is caring, as they say, and I do like sharing. We become better creators when we learn new things, and helping others discover things I use to make my writing better is so rewarding! Not to mention that I like to learn from others and I'm always looking for new resources, so if you know something to improve these lists - let me know!

I hope you find this useful and can find something to help you with your tasks. Don't forget to come back and check as I update it as I find new things! 

Writing

Writing

4thewords - an online writing community where writing challenges in the form of monsters and quests help you achieve your writing goals.

If you'd like to chip in with some core crystals, feel free to use my referral code: GAOIX80291

Scrivener - a word-processing program and outliner designed for authors. I've used this program since 2013 and it's still my favourite.

Grammarly - an online app/service that automatically detects potential grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in writing.

NaNoWriMo - an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November.

How I Write 10,000 Words in One Day - a motivational and inspirational blog post/video by Mandi Lynn

Why They Always Come For Women? - an insightful video by Francina Simone on the topic of romance in fantasy and YA.

Word Count Tracker - a simple word count tracker made by yours truly. Hope it helps someone!

Publishing

Taglines - a blog post on basics of taglines.

Wattpad - an Internet community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in various genres.

6 Things to Know Before Self-Publishing with Ingramspark - an insightful blog post/video by Mandi Lynn.

How I Launched an Amazon Bestseller - a video about launching a book that is written to market, by Chris Fox.

Marketing

Skillshare - an online learning community with thousands of classes in writing, business, marketing and more. 

 

Linktr.ee - a free tool for optimizing your Instagram traffic, so you can share more than one link with your audience.

 

Using Concept Art - a blog post on how to and not to use concept art.

 

Hashtags for Authors - a blog post on hashtags that can be useful to authors.

 

Canva -  a simplified tool for creating graphics.

 

Bookbrush - a tool built specifically for authors for creating visual book advertisements.

 

Stocksnap - a stock photo website where you can find photos under Creative Commons.

 

Pexels - a site providing free stock photos.
 

Digital Marketing for Writers - a Skillshare course by Jenna Moreci, a good place to start out.

Ads for Authors Who Hate Math - a good overview of approaching ads and what to think about by Chris Fox.

Artbreeder - a site for creating concept art by mixing photos together.

World Building

Writing Monsters - a blog post that covers some parts of writing monsters.

Races - New and Old - a blog post that covers parts of creating races.

World Anvil - an online tool to help you create your world bible. Feels a bit like a personal world building Wikipedia.

Why Travel and Communication are so important - a video on the topic of travel and communication by Chris Fox.

Inkarnate - an online service where you can build your own map. You can still do quite a lot with the free option.

Courses/Videos

How to Create a Cohesive Instagram Feed - a Skillshare course with tips on how to create a cohesive and visually pleasing IG feed, by Dale McManus.

 

DIY Backdrops: Dynamic Surfaces for Tabletop Photography - If you're looking to spice up your photography with some backgrounds, this course by Tabitha Park gives you a good overview of how to make your own.

 

Iphone Travel Photography: Learn the Art of Mobile Photography - you don't need a fancy camera to take good photos. Get some inspiration to use your phone with this course by Alexandre Kan.

Misc

Screen Blue Light Control - a program for controlling your screen's blue light, good for us authors who sit in front of the computer for long periods of time.

 

Chrome Dark Mode Extention - for those who like dark mode online.

 

Bookdepository - online store for books, free shipping worldwide with great prices.

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