My Favorite Writing Resources

  • Kindle: 
    • A device used for storing and reading tons of books. The screen doesn’t hurt the eyes and reads like a book. Okay, so you’re probably saying, “Seriously, Carly? This is on your list? Um … Duh.” Yeah, yeah, I get it. In this day and age, everyone has a kindle. BUT do you use it to read your own novel?  Yep. You heard me. You can format your novel in mobi and upload it to kindle. Not only can you highlight and edit … btw this is HUGE. A new format brings a new perspective and reading in kindle tricks your mind into thinking your book is “just-another-published-book-you-bought-on-Amazon.” So get one if you don’t have one! If you do, try catching errors on it and let me know how it goes!
  • The Emotional & Settings Thesauruses: If you don’t own them, then you are behind the curve.
    • Emotional Thesaurus: Helps writers capture emotions: I’ve seen so many writers convey emotion by doing this: “She was sad.” I’m not sure about you, but that does little for me. The Emotional Thesaurus will bring sentences to life. Did your character’s throat clench? Her chest tighten? etc. If emotion isn’t your strong point or you find yourself scrambling for words to use.
    • Urban & Rural Setting Thesauruses: Two books to aid a writer in describing their settings using all the senses. Pick these books up from your local bookstore or amazon. Or invest in their website: (they also have PDF versions you can buy and download)
  • Structuring your Novel by K.M. Weiland
    • This book is fantastic. Each page is packed full of great advice, and Weiland takes you step by step through the plotting process. A key to creating a stellar novel. Whether you are a pantser, dedicated outliner, or a combo of both. This book rocks!
      • I find myself sifting through the pages all the time. I use one of Weiland’s diagrams to help me plot and find my stories are cleaner as a result. 
  • James Scott Bell: 
    • His books on writing rock. But my favorite is Super Structure. This book just “clicked.” His examples for popular books bring home his points. I created my own template for outlining using each of the bullets in this book. Check it out!
  • Scribophile: 
    • A website geared toward writers helping other writers. An author can earn karma points–their version of money so to speak–through critiquing other authors’ works. Once they receive enough karma, they can post chapters, short stories, novellas, poetry, or scripts to be critiqued by others. Check out my blog post: Scribophile and A Gingerbread Latte for a Newbies guide! 
  • Scrivener:
    • “Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips… ” ~I took that right from the literature and latte website. It does just that. I’ve bought it for writer friends because I believe in it so much. No more endless scrolling to find things or edit and pasting scenes. Drag and drop, baby! I love this program. Check out the free trial. Let me know your thoughts. It’s a learning curve but once you’ve got it down, it opens some serious doors. 
  • Grammarly:
    • My grammar used to be terrible. Clueless, comma junkie, with passive voice galore. This site has opened my eyes and given me the proofreading I needed. 
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