A writer is just like a carpenter – except, instead of building houses, we build worlds and plots. In fact, houses and plots have a lot in common. For example, what do you need to build a house?

  • The know-how
  • A blueprint
  • The right tools
  • The right materials

The same goes for writers as well:

  • The know-how
  • An outline (or at least an idea of where the story should go)
  • The “write” resources
  • The “write” writing implements

Below, you will find some resources to help you build a writer’s toolbox in order to build that “house” of yours:


The Writing Excuses Podcast is a great podcast for writers because it’s short (“Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”), witty, and informative. They cover a plethora of topics from writing habits to plot elements to chairs for your office.

The video, Dan Wells on Story Structure, is about his Seven Point System. (Note that the term “discovery writer” sounds so much better than “pantser”.)

This great infograph on different Plot Lines in Famous Novels.

This diagram covers Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Plot Structure. It is simple and a great way to help outline your story.

This great infographic on “How to Focus” will help you when you’re sitting at your desk feeling blurggg…

Just because it’s not November, doesn’t mean that you can’t get help on the NaNoWriMo website. The forums are always open and don’t get wiped until right before November starts.

Grammar Girl is big in the writing community. Her website is filled with useful information. She even has a podcast.

If you just need a quick brush-up, check out the University of Illinois’ Grammar Handbook.

Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing is a page that will link you to 10 different tips that range from emergency tips to creating great characters.

Sometimes you need to do a little fact checking or need to do a little bit of research on statistics. If you’re looking for government statistics, check out Fed Stats or the Census website.

Literature and Latte is the company that created Scrivener, which is a word-processor. But let’s face it – it’s much more than just a boring old word processor. Don’t believe me? Check out a great tutorial video here.

Scribble Code is the company that created Aeon Timeline which is a fantastic organizational tool that you can use for plotting points in your story or simply as a work and/or personal calendar.

If you need some editing done, check out Finish Line Editing.


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