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Writer Tools

writertools

Here is my compilation of tools to help writers write:

write or die

Write or Die– This online site provides a tool to provoke you to write in ‘freewriting’. Settings include word count, time, but the fun part is consequences. You can choose between spiders, grumpy cat, and a few others. Alarms include alarming and cacophony.

ywriter6mainChapter-by-Chapter is a free program that words with OpenOffice or MS Word to sort documents. I like having my chapters in a single document, and this programs let’s me find/replace but also compile them together into a single manuscript.

Grammarly.com is a browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and provides grammar checking when you type anywhere in the browser. This includes hints to corrections as well so you learn how to write properly. They also have Grammarly for MS Office

Paperrater.com is an online service to check grammar but also includes spelling and plagiarism. Readability statistics, passive voice detection, and more are also included for submission of up to 5 pages for the free version.

visuwordsVisuwords.com works much like a Thesaurus, but visually. This online free service uses a bubble/mind map interface. Type in a word and see what other words pop up.

Word to Pages helps the self-published author find out how many pages their manuscript has based on words, size font, and page size.

OpenOffice.org is free Office suite software compatible with the MS Office suite of programs. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, 3D drawing, and database.

Google Drive includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, forms, maps, and even click-and-build web sites. This is a free online service that offers many add-ons to each service such as CloudConvert (to change file formats), auto-bibliography, translate, table of contents, and speech recognition. This is just what I found for the word processor.

Coffitivity.com is a site that provides ambience of a cafe to help you write. I use this myself since music can often distract me when writing certain non-fiction. This is free.

Add in comments your favorite tools to write. I’ll be posting in the future the best books for an author’s library.

 

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Writer Wednesday: AuthorLevelUp

michael La ronnI discovered this YouTuber, Michael La Ronn, who provides videos on the topic of writing. He authored a number of published books. Click here for his Author page on Amazon. His web site: Author Level Up lists his videos, but you can just as easily view his YouTube page, or subscribe there.

I like how the videos aren’t saturated with ads, but he provides clear tutorials on subjects such as writing, marketing, and publishing your book. He adds some humor, and you can find some videos, he provides reviews on programs he used.

Here are a few of his videos worth watching;

 

 

Have a writer, blogger, or youtuber that talks about the craft of writing? Post in comments. I’ll share to let other writers know about them.

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A neat idea! Story time YouTube

I discovered this channel on YouTube entitled Scary Fairy Godmother. Coincidently, my writer’s group recently released a fairy tale anthology, but this video channel shows an unique medium to sharing stories- video story telling.

Here is an example: One TRUE Encounter with REAL Fairies….

The YouTuber reads stories with added sound and music, which adds to the atmosphere of storytelling. It reminds me of the times where my father told stories while camping, without a soundtrack.

As writers/authors, you might want to consider adding your own video channel, sharing pieces of your writing as a form of storytelling. You could read a scene from your book, or share one of your short stories.

I’m thinking of doing this myself, telling the stories of my childhood of weird encounters, dreams, or other tales I experienced.

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Published our fourth anthology

Anthology cover 2016

 

My writer’s group publishes an anthology of our writing each year. Members submit, then I take their stories and assemble the book, design the cover, and upload to Createspace and Amazon Kindle Publishing.

The steps to publish an anthology is as follows;

  1. Edit and revise your stories so that it is the best it can be. As editor, this often means I go through to remove indents, line spacing, spellcheck, and run through punctuation. I then make sure the Title is formatted to HEADER 1, and the author’s name is HEADER 2.
  2. I add pages: Page Numbers. Title page that includes all authors. Copyright page for the book and include book cover design copyright as well. Book dedication page, which often is to the authors who submit, my writer’s group in general, and all would-be authors out there. TABLE OF CONTENTS- This gets added when I add all stories into a single document. This is where the HEADER settings are added into the TABLE OF CONTENTS field. I double check its layout and if its correct.
  3. I revise again for formatting issues.
  4. I download a pre-formatted file from Createspace that includes the gutter (that’s the book seam of a printed book) and margins. I cut/paste the book, then go through the document to check for formatting again.
  5. I send this out to all writers to check their bio page and story, and if they want, they can also check the rest of the book. It is always a good idea to get fresh eyes on the manuscript.
  6. I make revisions again.
  7. I work on book design while authors check the manuscript. Once I get their feedback, I put everything together and upload to Createspace.
  8. I often have to make more revisions if it doesn’t look correct under the online revision screen. This generally includes how the pages look in the book format.
  9. If it looks good, then I click ok, choose ‘channels, which includes book stores or online stores that might want to order the book, libraries, and of course Amazon and Createspace stores online.
  10. I adjust price. I generally keep this as low as possible since the anthology is meant to get the writers some exposure.
  11. Add the eBook version. I have to go through a similar process to get the eBook version up, editing the book cover as well. What I find frustrating is that Amazon and Createspace doesn’t play so well together and you can end up with two listings of the printed version and the eBook version.
  12. I then announce to group and hooray– we have another book released.

Printed anthology 2016

EBook version of anthology 2016

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