I just want to use this space to write out and point readers to some very good writing resources which works very fine if we intertwine them with our daily writing exercise. The goal of these resources here are to jump start you into the right direction of being a proficient writer.Writing Softwares I Recommend
- Scrivener. It’s a newly discovered software that makes writing very smooth and adorably easy. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish, either you’re writing an ebook, novel, short story, or your next blog post, it has awesome interfaces to fit each of the task squarely.
- Evernote. As a writer Jane, developing the art of carrying a notebook in other to jot down trivial things will enable you get more ideas each time you sit down to actually write.So, apart from getting an actual notebook you use in jotting down ideas during when you’re off the internet, it’s also paramount to have an online notebook – that’s whereEVERNOTE comes into play. It’s a wonderful FREE e-note that I’ve being using and will recommend you also start using for storing your ideas.
- WriteRoom (Mac) And DarkRoom (Windows). This particular writing software, Jane, is very important to a writer’s life if he’s the type that easily gets distracted when he’s about to begin serious work.Upon activation, the write room or Darkroom writing software will immediately cover your screen with a text background that you can use for writing. This can really FREE you from all type of distractions that your computer surroundings might have on your productivity as a writer.
Books on Writing That I Recommend
These 10 books are basically the ultimate “HOW TO’s” on writing. These famous authors’ books which I recommend are guides to show you how you can possibly be a better writer.
Before you go ahead with the books, I’d like to tell you that before I wrote up this section on “books I recommended for writers”, I sent Daniel Scocco of DailyWritingTips a quick message (if you don’t know him yet, he’s one of the top authority bloggers we have on the writing topic online). And in that email, I quickly asked him to recommend for me his 5 books for a newbie writer who’s just starting the writing craft.
Without wasting much time, he sent me his top 5 recommended books, listed below with his own words describing why he likes and recommends them.
I do hope you enjoy reading them. These are the books –
1. The Chicago Manual of Style – The best reference you can get about style and usage.
2. Oxford English Dictionary – The standard when it comes to dictionaries.
3. The Elements of Style – Not a complete reference as the Chicago, but very useful nonetheless.
4. Eats,Shoots and Leaves – A book about the rules of punctuation.
5. On Writing – Advice from Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers of our time.
Now that you’ve seen Daniel Scocco’s top 5 recommended books for writers. It’s time I show you my top 10 books on writing that I STRONGLY recommend. I hope you’ll like them-
- Ernest Hemingway on Writing – Ernest Hemingway
- How to Speak and Write Correctly – Joseph Devlin
- On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction – William Knowlton Zinsser
- The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well – Paula LaRocque
- 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing – Gary Provost
- Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing – Cheryl B. Klein
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Well – Laurie E. Rozakis
- Write Good or Die – Scott Nicholson
- Writing Down the Bones : Freeing the Writer Within – Natalie Goldberg
- Writing Lessons Learned: A Book Of Inspiration For Writers – Hope Wilbanks
P.S. I hope you enjoy these recommended books in other to improve on your writing.
Productivity Softwares I Recommend
Pomodoro App (Chrome) (Mozilla)
This software made my online writing distractions almost go away. Once it’s configured and activated, it will block any websites you input into it for some certain almost of time, and most certainly, you won’t be able to access those sites until the time you set relapses. Using this app, I’ve started writing more than I used to before. You should give it a try since it’s FREE.
It’s a mind mapping software for writers. You can use it to plan your writing schedule effectively and you can also use it to schedule things which you done at a specific point in time.
This Jane; is an application that protects your eyes from possible damage by displaying a screen saver at specific intervals in other to give your eyes a little break from the light of your computer screen.
You can leverage this website to know how fast you type at the moment and how you can possibly increase your fastness.
This software helps backup files automatically. You can configure it to backup certain folder, maybe your writing folders every day, so you won’t end up losing your write-ups if your computer ever ends up lost or stolen.