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Resources for Authors

This is a growing list of resources for authors and online writers.

Inspiration

  1. Best First Lines is a collection of 300+ opening lines from a variety of literary works. Mostly novels but also poetry and non-fiction.

Writing Skills

  1. 88 Rules to Become a Better Writer: My own all-round guide to writing with more clarity.

Writing Strategies

  1. Story Grid: free and paid resources for fiction writing.

Writing Tools

  1. Ulysses: A pleasant, focused writing experience combined with effective document management, fast syncing and flexible export options
  2. Hemingway Editor: Online spelling and language tool.
  3. Grammarly: Downloadable spelling and language tool. (Premium needed for full feedback).
  4. Typefully: My favourite tool to write, schedule, and analyse tweets (useful for audience building and writing in public).

Publishing

  1. Reedsy: Free tool with standard formatting to export ePub, MOBI and (print-ready) PDF.
  2. Vellum: slightly more advanced tool but only available after a one-time payment.
  3. Kadavy: 24 self-publishing tips from David Kadavy.

Communities (and their resources)

  1. Write Useful Books: Rob Fitzpatrick’s guide to writing non-fiction books that keep selling.
  2. The Indie Space: Jon’s community for fiction and non-fiction indie authors

Books & Articles

  1. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-fiction — William Zinsser
  2. Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser — Roy Peter Clark
  3. Politics and the English Language — George Orwell

Professional Help

  1. Damn Gravity Book Publishing: Publishing company aiming to become the most author-centric publisher in the US.
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