Resources for Writers

Hey guys! I made this post because I always wish there was one spot I could go to find everything. So I thought, why not make one? As with the saying for books, the same goes for blogs. If there is blog post you want to read but it hasn’t been written, then you must write it. So, let’s get into it!

Book Resources

1. Spilling Ink by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer. I’ve talked about this before in my post about my favorite books but I’ll mention it again. If you are a beginning writer I would definitely suggest reading this book. It was the book that got me started and I absolutely love its no pressure style. I found it to be easy to read and understand and I felt like the authors understood me.

2. Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine. I mentioned this one before in the same post that I mentioned Spilling Ink. I also read this one when I was first starting out. It’s an instructional book and has a writing exercise to complete at the end of each chapter.

3. The New Baby Name Survey by Bruce Lansky is definitely one of my favorite baby name books. It gives you the name, origin, meaning, image, and famous namesakes for many names both girls and boys.

Website Resources

1. http://www.travelmath.com/flights/ This is a website in which you can find out the time it takes to drive or fly from one place to another and also how far one place is from another and so much more. Just type in the starting point and destination and it will tell you how much time it will take.

2. http://character.namegeneratorfun.com/ This is a website with a bunch of different kinds of name generators. There is a character name generator, elf name generator, dwarf name generator, vampire name generator, fantasy name generator, and many more!

3. http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp This is a website with a test that determines your personality type. Answer the questions from your character’s view and find out what their personality type is!

4. http://clevergirlhelps.tumblr.com/post/65577893505/dumb-ways-to-die This website lists 400+ ways to kill a character.

5. http://www.picmonkey.com/  This is a photo editing website that I use to design covers for my books. I also use it to make collages for my characters. You can use it for free but if you want all the features it has to offer you will have to pay money.

6. http://nanowrimo.org/ This link takes you to the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) website. I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and it was amazing. Crazy and stressful but… amazing. NaNoWriMo is an online competition where a bunch of writers from around the world, challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I managed to write an 80,000 word novel so it was also a crazy productive month. Sadly, this event only happens once a year in November, so get your ideas ready now so you’ll be prepared when this year’s NaNoWriMo rolls around!

7. http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ This is the link to the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s program which is geared more to kids ages 17 and under. This program is basically the same as regular NaNoWriMo, but lets the user set their own word count goals.

8. https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in There is also a program called Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place in April and July. This is a more easy going version of NaNoWriMo, in which, instead of writing 50,000 words or more in a month, you only have to write 10,000. Of course, you could write more if you wanted to. In this version of NaNoWriMo, you can also work on something other than a novel. I am really looking forward to participating in it this year!

9. http://www.babynames.com/ This link will take you to a baby names website. Perfect for that time when you need to name a new character.

YouTubers

1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDF-3pmy9Tjg35EmDWVz2A This link will bring you to Kellie Sheridan’s YouTube channel. Right now she has a cool series going on called Building a Book.

2. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKHG1eUF7vnL1kieYiVasA This link will take you to the WordNerd’s YouTube channel. I absolutely love this channel! It doesn’t really stick to one topic of writing, but instead covers almost everything about it! Definitely one to check out.

3. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY5S1UKi_vbqDLHSReCSWqw This link will bring you to Mandi Lynn’s YouTube channel. She mostly does videos on writing and reading . She has a self-published book called Essence and is currently trying to get another book traditionally published.

4. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB9F8656FAA62FCDD This link will take you to Kaleb Nation’s YouTube channel, specifically his writing videos. I have thoroughly enjoyed some of his writing videos and I would advise you all to check them out.

Music Resources

1. The Divergent soundtrack (it’s amazing)

2. The Captain America soundtrack

3. http://www.rainymood.com/ This website plays rain sounds.

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cc0qNU7Ez4 I am the Doctor. Listen now, thank me later.

5. http://soundfuel.blogspot.com/p/the-directory.html This is a website with tons of different playlists with music sorted into categories based on tone. A few of the categories include: Era: dystopian, Hope/Inspirational/Uplifting/Happy Ending- Intense, Action/Battle, High Energy Chase, Sorrow/Pensive- mild and many more!

And there you have it! I hope you all enjoy your new writing resources. Until next time, keep writing!

#WriterLife Tag

Okay, so I know the #WriterLife tag is normally done in a video but I really liked the idea and I don’t do videos so I thought I would just answer the questions and have fun with it anyway (like this post if you’re a rebel like me 😃). Let’s get started.

1. Write Fuel: what do you eat or drink while writing- I like to drink hot chocolate and I don’t really eat a lot during writing. I guess my favorite thing to eat would probably be grapes and cheese. I don’t usually have this but I would love it if I did.

2. Write Sounds: what do you listen to while writing- There is this awesome website that I will link that I go to for music to listen to while I am writing. http://soundfuel.blogspot.com/p/the-directory.html I hope the link works but this is the website I go to for my writing music needs. Along with that I also use rainymood.com, which plays the sounds of a thunderstorm, and I just recently discovered coffitivity.com, which plays the sound of coffee shop. It may be a little weird but I also just turn on a YouTube video in the background and keep playing it over and over just to give some background noise. It helps a lot.

3. Write Vice: what’s your most debilitating distraction- Let’s be real here… the internet. I am so guilty of this one. The other day I was leaving my Twitter to open up my Google Docs word document and I accidently, without even realizing it, opened up Twitter again. Pinterest and YouTube are two of my other worst distractions.

4. Write Horror: what’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing- Okay, so this year I did NaNoWriMo for the first time (yay!) and I got Scrivener because they had a free NaNoWriMo trial and I had heard some good things about it so I thought, why not? I’ll tell you why not. I ended up finishing a book I had been working on for about a year and six months. Good right? Wrong. I ended up loosing all my work when my trial ended. Let’s just say I cried, and it was terrible. Luckily, I managed to get it copied and pasted to Google Docs before my trial ran out but let me tell you it was a nerve racking, super stressful experience.

5. Write Joy: what is the best thing that’s ever happened to you while writing or how do you celebrate small victories- The best thing that’s ever happened to me while writing? Hmmm. Everyone knows how awesome it is to finish a book but other than that I would have to say having other people read my work, enjoy it, and say nice things about my characters. I don’t think people realize how much that means to me. And how do I celebrate small victories? Fist pump, squeal, talk the ears off of my family about it, and jump around happily.

6. Write Crew: who do you communicate with, or not communicate with, while writing- Well, my parents of course and my siblings because they’re normally the only ones around but other than that, my amazing friend Alexa. I feel like she is the only person I know who really understands what it’s like to be a writer and doesn’t think I’m completely crazy.

7. Write Secret: what’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw- Well, I haven’t been exactly successful yet, I haven’t had anything published, but I have finished three novels and am working on my fourth. But my writing secret is to just trust yourself and your book and keep writing. Also I type really fast, which helps me get the first draft down. Having a word count goal helps too. Mine is at least 1000 words a day. My hidden flaw is that I am extremely skeptical about my own work and I put myself down a lot. Plus I’m scared of the idea of publishing. It’s just a little freaky to think of my book in stranger’s hands.

8. Write-spiration: what always makes you productive- Writing with other writers or telling other people about my writing goals. That way I feel an obligation to get it finished which is why I think NaNoWriMo worked so well for me.

9. Write Peeve: what’s one thing that writers do or you do, that’s annoying- When writers give up. Think about it. What is the one thing that all writers have in common? They never gave up. Neither should you.

10. Write Words: share one sentence from a project past or present- He came here a lot, most of the time because someone told him to. 

Hope you enjoyed and as long as I’m being a rebel I’m going to tag my friend Alexa. If you guys want to check out Alexa’s blog, here is the link. http://thatfangirl250.wordpress.com/