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How to write a book?

That was the question that I started with in the beginning. That question changed my life, because that was when I started my journey to becoming the writer I am today. Now, with a plethora of knowledge and an ever growing altruistic need to help people like me who want learn and grow, I’ve decided to compile a list of resources that I have help me as a writer.

A quick reminder, there is no “right” way to write a book, only your way. So while sites may have helped me, I don’t use just one, and I don’t always use the tips as suggested, but instead I use the methods that work, tweak the ones I need to, and ignore the one that don’t work for me. I encourage you to do the same.

 

Resource List

Websites

  • Hollylisle – She is a writer that has a variety of free and paid writing advice and classes.
  • Goodreads – Whether you’re a reader or writer, this is a wonderful site that also lets you create virtual bookshelves containing books you own or have read, and review them.
  • Nanowrimo – Ready to start writing? How about writing 50,000 words in 30 days? Join me and writers from around the world for this contest this November. (Note: This is a contest with yourself to make writing a priority. And, of course their are prizes.)
  • Campnanowrimo – Ready to write, but want a bit more flexibility that regular Nano? Join camp in April and July and gain a cabin full of other wrimos to support you.
  • Twitter – This is a great way to network with other writers, readers, agents, and more. Plus, on occasion they even have contest that may lead to having an agent request a query or more.

Software/Apps/Services

  • Dvorak – This is basically a better alternative to the qwerty keyboard layout. The best thing about this is that it’s freely available on basically any laptop or PCs, I believe it is available for Macs, and should already be installed. For phones and tablets, I know that there is an app available, but it’s a bit glitchy.
  • Writeometer – A neat app that lets you track your projects, and gives you stats based on your progress.
  • Scrivner – I got this software for half-off as a prize for winning Nanowrimo, and I love this program. It is the best software for writing. I still have a lot to learn with this, but it has made developing and writing novels so much easier.

I hope that these sites can help give you a jump start into the writing world. As I find more things, I will also make sure to add them here in one convenient, all inclusive place. If you have any suggestions, or tips that you think should be on this list, leave them in the comment section below.

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