Have you always wanted to write, but aren’t sure where to start? Or perhaps you’ve been writing for a while and you’re looking for new resources. This list is compiled of some of my favourite writers’ resources.
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of these organisations. I’ve simply made use of them myself to hone my writing skills.
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Joanne Harris (Free)
The author of the novel Chocolat has a Youtube channel where she shares her knowledge on being a writer, and becoming a better one. She has a series called ‘Ten Things About Writing’, where in each video she delves into one topic related to the craft. Visit her Youtube channel.
The name of her video-series directly relates to her book ‘Ten Things About Writing: Build Your Story, One Word at a Time’ (Amazon).
The Story Grid (Free)
If you want to learn how to write novels, The Story Grid has got you covered. In their own words: ‘Don’t waste your words. Write a book that works Use the Story Grid and write a successful novel.’ They offers great free resources online to outline and analyse your novels. There is also a lot to find on editing and understanding genre. Visit their website.
If you’re into Podcasts, you’re in for a ride. The Story Grid Writers’ Room has tons of hour-long content on how to begin writing, read and think like a writer, and how to apply the Story Grid resources to your story and others. Listen on Spotify.
Cold Turkey Writer (Free)
This program blocks everything on your computer until you reach your writing goal (number of minutes or words). In their own words: ‘Hold your computer hostage.’ It also gives you the option to not block everything, but just write. The great thing is that it has an auto-save feature, so you won’t ever have to worry about large chunks of work getting lost.
There is also a Pro version available for only 8 EUR, which offers more features (like disabling the delete key and playing a rain soundtrack). Download Cold Turkey Writer.
If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an international event that takes place (digitally) every November of the year, where writers can challenge themselves and pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This is a great way to dedicate yourself to a project you’ve been meaning to write but have been procrastinating working on.
The website itself offers great resources for writers all year around, and there are other writing events that take place in the other months of the year as well. Signing up and participating is free.
The IWC offers writing courses, workshops, and manuscript reviews for writers. Their Level 1 classes are great for beginners. You’ll learn about things like narrators, mood, tone, language, and many techniques.
The company is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where they offer physical courses. However, they also have several online courses. Course prices range from 345 EUR to 415 EUR (6 to 8 weeks). Visit their website.
Perhaps you’ve seen the Instagram ads for Masterclass.com. They offer a wide variety of video courses, hosted by (celebrity) experts in the field of the topic. They have courses on writing hosted by authors like Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oats, David Sedaris, Dan Brown, and many more. They all offer their own take and insights on the craft and life of a writer.
Masterclass costs 16,67 EUR per month, and is billed annually. (You need a credit card.) You’ll get access to all their courses for one year. So if you want to take a break from writing to learn how to cook, you can! Visit the website.