Writer’s corner

As I’ve made my journey into the Writer’s universe, I’ve come across a few things.  Tips/Tricks, software and websites with great insight.  This is a listing of those things that have helped me on my way.

The one thing a writer must always remember, no matter how many stories you’ve written, there is always something new to learn.

Software:

I use a combination of a few things to help me with my writing.  For Fanfiction, I write exclusively in Microsoft Word, since that is the easiest software to upload to the fanfiction.net website with.

For my novels, I use a mixture of Scrivener and Scapple from Literature and Latte.  They make awesome software that is very user friendly and inexpensive.  Scrivener can be used to write novels/screen plays/term papers.  Whatever bit of writing you need to use it for.

Scapple is great mind mapping software that I use to map out story ideas and discover my plot holes.  It’s also great for mapping out characters and their motives.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/index.php

Example:

Scapple Example

Writer’s websites/books/newsletters with great advice:

Writer’s Digest – http://www.writersdigest.com/  Many articles with great tips/tricks and writing prompts.  Also has forums for writers to seek help from other writers.  Fantastic group of people.

They also have a monthly magazine that I’ve subscribed to via my Kindle.  Well worth the little amount I paid for it.

Another writer’s blog: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/  Great tips for those that are looking to get published.

Holly Lisles – runs an author blog and has classes for writers.  The newsletters aren’t as good as they used to be, but she does have a great deal of experience in both the publishing and self-publishing worlds.  http://blog.howtothinksideways.com/

Been reading Chuck Wendig’s “The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience”  Awesome book, but be prepared for his less than “politically correct” way of saying things.  He is straight to the point however.   Book is easy to find on Amazon.

Great bit on dialog rules:  http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/

Need to look up a definition or trying to find a good thesaurus?  I’ve found this site to be pretty good with both!  http://dictionary.reference.com or http://thesaurus.com/

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