No writer can go at it alone, and to help you get on your way we have listed some of our favorites tools that helped us become a better writer.
Twitter is an amazing tool for writers of any skill, if you know how to use it. Use the hashtag #WritingCommunity to get going fast. You can find new ways to promote your work, ask for support, or join in on competitions and writing sprees.
A great way to become part of a writing group is through Discord. It’s chat software originally meant for gaming, but works great for writing groups, too. Every group has a new layout and use of the options, so make sure that when you join one, it is suited to your needs. You can find access to the writing groups through Twitter and Reddit.
Other writing groups may gather in your area. Be sure to check with your library for face-to-face options.
When it comes to technical writing resources, there are plenty of detectors that you can find online. Saskia used the help of a passive voice detector to improve on her writing.
Editing software is a huge topic that we’ll cover in our blogs eventually. In between these three, you’ll find almost all of your typos;
- Grammarly‘s free functions work wonders on taking out spelling errors and wrong prepositions.
- Hemingway offers a more complete experience but can go overboard in it’s zealousness to catch all perceived mistakes.
When your manuscript is as a point where you want to query it, you might want to check out QueryShark. It’s a website run by an agent who tears apart queries that are sent in voluntarily. Knowing how not to query is a great way to improve your own letter.
Googling for an agent to represent your work won’t get you very far. There are thousands of agents out there, and you want the one that will represent your work best. In order to help you navigate the query woods, you can use QueryTracker.
Agents have wishes, too. They put out feelers and preferred genres when they go looking for new material, and none is as clear in what they want than MsWishList. It’s a collection of tweets where agents ask you to send in your manuscript if it matches their requirements.