Here are some useful links to writing topics around the web:


Writing – Process and philosophy
Writing – Practical
  • Writing Great Fiction by James Hynes (audiobook) – includes writing and revision; highly recommended
  • Stein On Writing by Sol Stein – includes writing and editing/revision; highly recommended
  • The Elements of Style by Strunk & White – you’ll see this book recommended everywhere, and you’ll know why when you read it.  The most enjoyable is the illustrated version in hardcover, which is the fourth edition (2005).  The first edition is public domain and available for free, but the revised editions are superior.
  • Structuring your Novel by K.M. Weiland – focused on story and scene structure, including outlining and plotting your novel
  • The Emotion Thesaurus by Ackerman & Puglisi – a great reference for showing emotions in characters

Grammar and Punctuation

Writing and Editing


Sounds and Music


  • Google Docs – free cloud-based word processor, spreadsheets, and storage
  • Scrivener – popular paid writing app (for Windows and Mac)
  • yWriter – free Scrivener alternative (for Windows only)
  • Bibisco – free writing app for Windows, Mac, and Linux with paid upgraded version
  • Hemingway App – free online writing tool to analyze your prose, and also a paid downloadable version
  • Microsoft OneNote – free notetaking app
  • LibreOffice – a free word processor and spreadsheet program for desktop use


  • Freewrite – a basic physical word processor for distraction-free writing ($500)
  • AlphaSmart Neo 2 – basically the same thing as the Freewrite but can be had used for about $30
  • If you’re looking for distraction-free writing, you can also use Google Docs, then press the F11 key on your keyboard to take your browser into full-screen mode.  You can then hide most of the Google Docs menus at the top and right side using the arrow icons.