2017/12/04

Writing Tools That Will Make You More Productive


Whether you're an author, writer, communicator or platform-builder you need great tools to build and maintain your blog.

There are thousands of tools out there on the internet that could make your writing life so much easier.  But who has the time to test everything?

Who has the time to write as well as follow and network with other writer's on a regular basis?

When you start your own blog you need to realise there are a ton of tools that can help you reach your writing goals and cultivate relationships with your readers, which in time will determine how fast your blog will grow.

Tools are a necessary part of writing and by using them to your best advantage you can build your audience and readership.

The Writer's Tool List

We're listing all of the tools that most writer's are familiar with and use.  Expect this list to expand and change as time goes as better tools are found.  Also sections such as useful courses and books will also be added to help you in your writing business.

Starting a Blog

How to Buy Your Domain Name

My favourite domain name registrar is Hostgator.  I've used Hostgator for a number of years now and recommend it to anyone just starting out.

Choosing a Webhost

For really good long-term stability it's recommended to go with a large hosting company.  Smaller web hosting companies can go out of business leaving you in a scary position.

For serious writer's a good webhosting companies such as Bluehost and Hostgator offer a stable place as well as many offers throughout the year for low-priced plans for new small blogs.  Shared hosting can be bought for as little as $3.95 per month.

Website Tracking

Make sure you connect your blog with Google Analytics it's free and easy to install on any blog.

Tools For SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

The most basic way to maintain really good SEO is to right really well thought out blog posts and do this regularly.  Many bloggers and writers alike also like to try tools such as SEMrush to track their keywords and keep track of their competitors.

LinkCollider is a free SEO tool that will help you gain new followers through social media.

Creating Eye Catching Images for Your Blog

By creating images on your blog you can use them illustrate important points for your readers and make your social shares stand out to your readers.

There are a number of programs you can use but the most popular are PicMonkey and Fotor.

Writing Tools

On Writing Well - If you're an aspiring author wanting to write non-ficiton its a firm favourite of many writer's and relevant after being published for so many decades.

On Writing - Want to write like Stephen King? This is the no-fluff writing method that gets to the heart of the story your telling.

The Essential Guide to Getting your Book Published - Vital for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book.

How to Write a Book from Outline to Finish Line - Strategies on how to write a book are shared from outline to finish line.

How to Write a Novel - Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plot lines, fleshing out your ideas, crafting compelling characters and staying sane in the process.

Writing Courses and Communities

Courses

Writing With Flair - How to Become an Exceptional Writer - Dramatically improve your writing quality within days, along with your blog posts and articles make your writing more professional and stand out from those of your peers, colleagues and competitors.

Writing With Impact - Writing That Persuades - Gain more confidence as a blogger and writer and learn how to target words at your audience.

Ninja Writing - The Four Levels of Writing Mastery - Learn how to create spellbinding text and tap into the power of narrative, paragraphs, sentences and words.  Transform yourself into a masterful writer in days.

The Complete Freelancing Writing Course - Write for podcasts and identify opportunities for paid writing work.

Writing So Hot It Burns - Master the skills of descriptiveness, accuracy and passion.  Learn how to create writing that jumps out of the page and develop the habit of reading as a writer.

Communities

Yeah Write - Weekly writing challenges for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and micro stories each week. The community gets to vote on the most impressive stories and discover new favourite writers.

Write On - A community for writers at any stage of the creative process. On this website you can shop and talk about everything to with publishing and writing, as well as submitting your writing ideas for feedback and reviews.

Wattpad - The world's largest community of writers and readers, all members are free to post and read original stories as well as engage in conversation with other members.

Two Drops of Ink - A literary blog that accepts submissions from writers of just about any genre of writing out there.

Write to Done - Mary Jaksch its founder brings the age old-advice to keep writing to a different level, pointing out that its not practise that makes you a better writer - its practise directed in a positive way.

Write or Die - Mandy Wallace offers blog documents, writing, lessons as well as practical guides for upgrading your writing.

ProWritingAid - Transform good writing into great writing. Including tips on grammar, writing techniques, software recommendations, a great resource to polish your prose.

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