Fiction Writer's Toolbox: Top 11 Resources

A Fiction Writer's Toolbox of Resources: Top 11


Do you have any resources that you rely heavily on? I was going back though some of the sources that I couldn't have lived without last year and a few that I just leaned about and thought I would share them with you.

11 Resources Fiction Writers Shouldn't Be Without: {In no Particular Order}


My favorite, of course being, her Larry Brooks Beat sheet.

And if you're going to really put Jami Gold and Larry Brooks or any of Jami's other amazing worksheets to good use you need to be using Scrivener, if you aren't already. I'm sure by now, most, if not, all of you are familiar with Scrivener. I don't know of many people who don't use Scrivener. If you happen to be one of the holdouts, let 2016, be the year you finally jump on the Sciv wagon. I know the opposition -- the learning curve? Right? I'm telling you, it's really not that bad. I put it off for quite a while because of the learning curve hype and once I finally bought it, the hype did not live up to the rumor mill. Sure, you can play with it for twenty-four hours a day and never sleep. There are functions you'll never need. Just try it. Your writing will never be the same. Your writing will thank you.

2. Scrivener
It's only $45 Bucks. Comes with a free trial Now available for Windows (has been for a while). The outline is fanF---ingtastic! Revision Mode is super Cool. I love the labels best.













And if you find the learning curve still too steep.


 I'm told Gwen Hernandez's Scrivener Classes are reasonably priced, easy to follow and will quickly bring you up to speed.

3. Evernote
I'm probably the last person to finally start using Evernote. I caved. It's too easy to import Evernote into Scrivener. I just had to do it. I still don't really understand all the bells and whistles, but that's pretty much what I'm preaching about so I guess I'll eat my own sermon as it applies to Evernote.

4. Writers Helping Writers
I've always turned to Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi at Writers Helping Writers and their Award Winning Book Series, The Emotional Thesaurus and The Positive Character Traits and The Negative Character Traits and Emotional Amplifiers, but now they have opened up a galaxy of resources for writers with their new

5. One Stop For Writers.




Have You Checked out The New One Stop For Writers? If not, I strongly recommend you stop by.


6. Elizabeth Spann Craig's Blog
I look forward to reading her Twitterific links each week. I always find the very best writing advice. I don't know how she finds the time to scour the net and load up on the best of the best, but she does and she is gracious enough to share them with us. Which leads me to another of my favorite resources.

7. Hiveword Writer's Knowledge Base
A Search Engine for Writers

8. Distraction Free Writing
I haven't tried this, but I plan to this year. Freedom will block social media, email and other Internet sites for the time period you request to ensure distraction free writing.

9. Aeon Timeline
For a timeline, you can't go wrong.

10. Novlr
I'm just getting started with Novlr, but you can write your novel on any device, iPhone, iPad, laptop and it keeps a record of your words and helps you meet your writing goals. I'll keep you posted.

11. Story Skeleton
I've been using this outlining, note card app on my iPhone for about a year now. It's a great brainstorming tool.


How about you? Do you have any special resources in your fiction toolbox? Any specify iPhone or iPad apps you rely on when you find yourself stuck in the doctor's office waiting room or carpool line? Do you return to the same website or blog time and time again when you need help for character development or need a plotting template? Do share! Don't keep it to yourself.


  I keep an ongoing list of websites that I believe may be of interest on my Writer's Resources page. I also keep a list of articles about Twitter Pitch Contests & Query Contests on my, Fiction Toolbox Page. 

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