Links for writers

This page is meant to both help me remember important writing websites and to lead others to them. I’ll add more to it when I have time.

Writing tips:

This list is not exhaustive. I’m only listing the websites that have helped me most. If you want to find more, trying doing a search instead for novel writing tips.

  • Advice on Novel Writing by Crawford Kilian: This was the very first page I ever came across for writing advice.
  • Novel Writing Help: This site has practically an article for every aspect of writing. And the author is always adding more. Great place to check out!
  • An author who has some great articles on writing. He also has created some software aimed for writers. (Please note that I’ve never used or tried his software. However, I’ve heard great things about it!)
  • Another author who knows what she’s talking about. She has some awesome articles on the craft of writing. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Advanced Fiction Writing: This site has some great articles. My two favorites are those on outlining and scenes. They completely changed my view of how to plot and structure a novel, so go do yourself a favor and read them both!

Writing challenges:

  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): This challenge takes place in November, where participants aim to write 50,000 words on a new novel.
  • January Novel Writing Month (JanNoWriMo): This is a spin off of the November challenge, although you can set your own word count goals and finish already started works.
  • National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo): This challenge takes place in March, where participants aim to edit their novels for 50 hours in 31 days.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo: While I haven’t participated in this one, “campers” are challenged to write 50,000 words on a new novel during either (or both) June or August (although, it appears that it will be in April and July in 2013).

Writing software:

This is a list of software I use or that I used to use. (I want others to benefit from the other software I tried, even though it didn’t all work for me.) I’ll complete this list when I have more time.

  • Scrivener: My ultimate favorite. Before I even tried any other software, this is the one I had my eye set on. It’s expensive, but it’s worth every penny. It used to be only for Mac, but they’re now coming out with a version for Windows. An iOS version is also in the works!
  • CopyWrite: This is a free piece of software, although purchasing a license gives you more features. It was too lacking for my taste, but perhaps it would work better for others.
  • Jer’s Novel Writer: This program is nice for organizing different aspects of your story. It’s free too, although you can make a donation to the developer.
  • Ulysses: I almost loved this program enough to get it, but I just had trouble getting organized in it. (I need my sub-sub folders!) It’s similar to Scrivener and has many of the same features, but it isn’t as feature-packed.
  • Yarny: This really isn’t software, as it’s all online. It’s free, although you can upgrade to their premium package to get more features. Yarny is great because you can do all your writing online and never worry about losing anything.
  • Evernote: This is what I use on the go. It’s free and easy to use, and it syncs everything to my laptop and to the web.
  • Dropbox: I used to use this on my iPod touch, but since I got Evernote, I no longer use it. It definitely did a nice job syncing between devices, but I had trouble remembering to export to the app (whether on the laptop or on the iPod) and thus I sometimes left the house without the latest version of my story.


  • Who’s Your Baby?: This is a site I use all the time for character names. Search by gender, letters, letter patterns, origin, meaning, and more.