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Categorized Resources for Writers:

Below are several lists of external links to websites for authors and writers. I use many of these links in my own writing practice and author journey. I posted these resources with the hope that they help you take the next step in building your writing career.

Stage 1: Ideas & Brainstorming

Nonfiction Writing Prompts

Writing ideas for non-fiction projects and practice.

My Favorite:

Quora

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Honorable Mentions:

Answer The Public

Blog Idea Generator

Help A Reporter Out

IME Content Generator Blog

Portent Content Generator

Prompt Generator

Fiction Writing Prompts

Writing ideas for fiction projects and practice.

My Favorite:

Reedsy Plot Generator

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Honorable Mentions:

Film Crux

First Line Generator

Plot Generator

SpringHole Generator List

The Story Shack

Comparison Blog Post

Name Generators

Banks and generators for names based on region, gender, genre and more.

My Favorite: 

Fantasy Name Generator

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Honorable Mentions:

Name Generator

Mithril & Mages

Reedsy Character Generator

Serendipity

World Building

Tools for imagining and building fantasy and sci-fi worlds and scenes for writing or gaming.

My Favorite:

Ambient Mixer

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Honorable Mentions:

Chaotic Shiny

Inkarnate

Kanka

RanGen Generators

Seventh Sanctum

World Anvil

 

Reference

Information banks and organizers for researching details and building stories.

My Favorite:

Hiveword

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Honorable Mentions:

Charlotte Dillon Research Index

Mythic Scribes

One Stop for Writers

Reference for Writers

Sarah Woodbury Index

 

Stage 2: Writing & Drafting

Improve Your Writing

Apps and Blogs to help you improve your writing

My Favorite:

Storymind

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Honorable Mentions:

Calmly Writer

My Write Club

Pacemaker

Poetry Writing

Purdue OWL

Write or Die

 

Writing Software

Programs for organizing writing projects

My Favorite:

Campfire

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Honorable Mentions:

Bookcicle

Dabble

LivingWriter

Manuskript

Scrivener

Shaxpir

Squibler

Comparison Blog Post

Word Help

Dictionaries, Thesauruses and other word help

My Favorite:

Thesaurus.com

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Honorable Mentions:

Onomatopoeia Cheat Sheet

Related Words

Reverse Dictionary

Rhyme Brain

Verbix

Wordsworth

WordWeb

 

Writing Communities

Communities for writers to network and share

My Favorite:

NaNoWriMo

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Honorable Mentions:

Almost An Author

Commaful

Critique Circle

The Next Big Writer

Scribophile

Story A Day

Writer’s Cafe

Stage 3: Editing

Self-Editing

Intuitive software for self-editing

My Favorite:

ProWriting Aid

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Honorable Mentions:

Autocrit

Grammarly

Hemingway

Plagiarism Checker

Quetext

Word Counter

 

Pro Editors

Professional Editing firms for books and stories

My Favorite:

NY Book Editors

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Honorable Mentions:

Artful Editor

Bublish

DLA Editors

First Editing

Kirkus

Reedsy Editor Search

Stage 4: Publishing & Production

Online Publishing

Online platforms for publishing articles and stories

My Favorite:

Medium

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Honorable Mentions:

Archive Of Our Own

Blogger

Booksie

Ezine

HubPages

Vocal

Wattpad

 

Self-Publishing

Resources for self-publishing

My Favorite:

Self Publishing

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Honorable Mentions:

Blurb

Book Baby

Book Brush

Bublish

Draft to Digital

The Book Designer

Vellum (for mac only)

 

Agents

Databases for literary agents and editors

My Favorite:

Manuscript Wishlist

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Honorable Mentions:

AAR

Agent Query

Jericho Writers Agent List

Literary Agents

Query Tracker

 

Audiobook Production

Help with producing and publishing your audiobook

My Favorite:

Still Deciding

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Honorable Mentions:

Deyan Audio

Fireside Audio

Novel Audio

Podium

Scribe Media

Soundbooth Theater

 

Book Printing / Distribution

Getting your book into the hands of readers.

My Favorite:

Still Deciding

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Honorable Mentions:

Blurb

Book Baby

IngramSpark

Kindle Direct Publishing

Lulu

MCLR

 

Stage 5: Marketing & Business

Author Platform

Tools for establishing an author platform

My Favorite:

Pub-Site

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 Honorable Mentions:

Book Bub

Book Sirens

Booksprout

BookTrib

Goodreads

Ream

Book Marketing

Tools for marketing and advertising your books

My Favorite:

Author Ad School

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Honorable Mentions:

Abundantly Social

Book Funnel

Crave Books

Kindlepreneur

Lit Launch

Story Origin

Written Word Media

Writing Magazines

Magazines for writers and publishing professionals with online resources and contests.

My Favorite:

Writer’s Digest

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Honorable Mentions:

Book Life

Creative Nonfiction

Indie Author Magazine

Poets & Writers

The Writer

The Writer’s Chronicle

 

Author Business Learning Resources

Educational resources for building your professional author career

My Favorite:

Best Page Forward

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Honorable Mentions:

7 Figure Book Business

IBPA

Self Publishing School

Western Colorado University

Suggested By Our Readers

Additional tools recommended by Madly Mused readers

Writing Basics (Special thanks to Ms. Goodwin’s Senior Girl Scouts for this addition)

Qualtrics (Special thanks to Olivia)

 

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