TOOLS FOR WRITERS
A helpful list of resources we find helpful.
- Hemingway: An app that helps you write better.
- Grammarly: A smart grammar checker.
- ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
- Draft: Easy version control and collaboration
- Medium: Medium is a great writing and collaboration tool, and can be an excellent place to get your writing in front of lots of people.
- Ghost: Blogging and Publishing. Free. Open. Simple.
- WordPress: An oldie but a goodie. This site is built on WordPress, btw.
- Domainr: Fast, free, domain name search, short URLs.
- Webflow: Create professional, responsive websites. Without writing code.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante
- Method and Madness: The Making of a Story:A Guide to Writing Fiction by Alice LaPlante
- The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot by Charles Baxter
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
- Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French and Ned Stuckey-French
- Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction by Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz
- How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- The Dramatic Writer’s Companion by Will Dunne
- The Hollywood Standard by Christopher Riley
- Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make it Great by William M. Akers
- How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn
- The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters by Karl Iglesias
- The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
- Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
- The Screenwriter’s Workbook by Syd Field
- Cool Million: How to Become a Million-Dollar Screenwriter by Sheldon Woodbury
- The Elements of Playwriting by Louis E. Catron
- To Be a Playwright by Janet Neipris
- The Art and Craft of Playwriting by Jeffrey Hatcher
- Naked Playwriting: The Art,the Craft, and the Life Laid Bare by William Missouri Downs and Robin U. Russin
- Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
- Playwriting, Brief and Brilliant by Julie Jensen
- Writing the Pilot by William Rabkin
- Successful Television Writing by Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin
- The TV Writer’s Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts by Ellen Sandler
- Elephant Bucks: An Inside Guide to Writing for TV Sitcoms by Sheldon Bull
- Writing the TV Drama Series by Pam Douglas
- Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box by Alex Epstein
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. Available for Mac and PC platforms.
Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. Available for Mac and PC platforms.
Unstuck is a new in-the-moment approach to personal growth for anyone who wants to live better every day. Combining personalized digital tools with tips and know-how from a community of other people facing stuck moments, Unstuck makes it easy to get on-demand coaching whenever you need it. Available for iPad only.
- Omm Writer
OmmWriter is your own private writing room where you can close the door behind you to focus on your writing in peace. Everywhere you go, you have access to a beautiful distraction-free writing environment where your authentic voice is free to go where it is meant to go. Available for Mac, PC and iPad.
Storyist helps you track your plot, characters and settings, keeping all parts of your writing organized so you can focus on telling your story. Available for Mac and iPad only.
WriteRoom won’t do page layout or insert tables and graphs. WriteRoom’s focus is just to help you get words on the page. Stay focused with WriteRoom’s distraction free environment. Stay on track with word count. Stay safe with autosave. Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
- iA Writer
As soon as you type the title bar disappears and all you see is the clean typing sheet, distraction-free, ready for your ideas to take shape. Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
- Google Alerts: Monitor the entire internet for keywords
- Google Trends: See what searches are trending.
- The Research Browser: A web browser designed specifically for research and reporting.
- Typeform: Free beautiful online survey & form builder.
- Trello: An easy, visual way to track the stories your team is working on
- Dropbox: Dropbox keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.
- Sunrise: A great calendar app.
- Evernote: Bring your life’s work together in one digital workspace.
- Periscope: Explore the world through someone else’s eyes
- Vine: Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way.
- WeVideo: The leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.
- Canva: Super simple graphic design tool.
- Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.
- Kraken: Image optimization
- Unsplash: Free, beautiful, high-resolution photos that you can do anything you want with
- BBC Academy: Tons of resources, shared by the teams at BBC
- The clues to a great story: a TED talk by a creator of Wall-E and Toy Story
- How I Got 6.2 Million Pageviews and 144,920 Followers: a blog post by Ali Mese on getting lots of people to read your posts
(Much of this was compiled by members of the Writers Guild Initiative. The WGI does not “do endorsements.” But we do think these tools are worth checking out. As well, a big thanks to the team at ReadThisThing (via medium.com) for their suggestions. ReadThisThing is a terrific email newsletter for long-form journalism. Each issue has just one fantastic piece of journalism for you to read, delivered to your inbox once a day.)