Here are a list of go-to websites for writers. They’re our favourites, which means we’ve used and can vouch for every single one of them. If you’re aware of other great online resources for writers, please let us know and we’ll check them out and consider adding them to our stable of greatness.
James at Go On Write is a book design genius, not to mention a very funny guy. He designs seriously good book covers for most genres and sells them for $50 or less (you can buy credits for multiple covers at a cheaper rate). It works like this: you choose one of his covers, and he replaces the book title and name with your own, then sends you the file. Good cover design is a significant (and usually expensive) aspect of book marketing – this is an affordable option for a great book cover.
Asana is a free, web-based application (so you can log in from your computer, tablet, or smartphone) that lets you make lists of tasks you need to complete, and set due dates for them. It was created to make task sharing easier for teams, but is great for individuals, particularly if you set writing goals and like feeling warm and fuzzy when you get to check them off.
Self-publishing and marketing
Joanna Penn is an indie author who shares her journey in the world of self-publishing through her site, The Creative Penn. She does interviews, podcasts, and articles about writing, self-publishing and marketing books, and there’s a wealth of free information for authors on her site. If you’ve ever thought about self-publishing, Joanna is your new guru.
The e.ggtimer website is great for timed writing. It is a free, simple countdown timer that allows you to specify how long you wish to write for. When the clock runs out, the e.ggtimer screen cuts in to let you know that your time is up.
One word. Scrivener. It’s the best writing software available. Doesn’t matter if you’re writing poetry, a short story, a novel, or a screenplay. You will never go back, and you will never again use Microsoft Word for creative writing (nor should anyone have to). You can buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X or Scrivener for Windows.