Writing Tools: Cool Finds

Check out my favorite writing tools for the week—websites to inspire, encourage, and help you on your writing journey. Enjoy!

Written? Kitten! Type in your target word count (100? 200? 500?) and receive an oh-so-cuteee reward (to quote my 13-year-old). And big thanks to Lori Oster for reminding me of this fun site!

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Autocrit Editing Wizard: Thanks for this great suggestion from Angelica Jackson, who says this software “analyzes your work for overused/unnecessary words, cliches, and so on. Won’t take the place of a crit group imo, but makes those passes for your tell words like “that” and “just” a lot easier. You can use the wizard on the site for free with some limitations”.

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And the Plutchik-wheel, just because it’s so darned amazing—and I’ve never thought about emotions in this way before:

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Finally, I posted earlier this week about ways writers can use Microsoft Word more efficiently—and I neglected to mention the time-saving advantage of learning those keyboard shortcuts. I have a friend who’s a wizard with Adobe Photoshop, and I swear he barely touches his mouse. He does most of his graphic editing via keyboard shortcuts. If he can do that in Photoshop, we should definitely be doing the same in our word processing programs! At least, if we’re professionals, right?

Thanks muchly to Russel V J Ward for this terrific link of Microsoft Word shortcut keys:

 

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How about you? Any more amazing sites or writing tools to recommend?

Writing Tools: Cool Finds

Check out my favorite writing tools for the week—websites to inspire, encourage, and help you on your writing journey. Enjoy!

One Page Per Day presents the writer with a single blank page—freeing you from the “tyranny of the infinite page.” Log on daily to log your page and keep up momentum on your work-in-progress.

writing tools - One Page per Day

Check out the 911 Writers Block tool for emergency response to your writing problems! This site offers a plethora of images, quotes, and inspirational words:

writing tools - 911 Writers Block

Ever wonder if you overuse a particular word or phrase? The Word Frequency Counter on WriteWords will let you know:

writing tools - word frequency counter

Looking for the perfect rhyme? Try the Write Rhymes website:

writing tools - Write Rhymes

What about you? Do you have any favorite online writing tools to share?

Pen and Paper: More Reasons to Embrace Writing Longhand

Writing things down, with your actual hands, is just plain better at getting you to remember and execute good ideas.

So begins “The Pen is Mightier Than the Phone: a Case for Writing Things Out” by Kevin Purdy. He goes on to list key reasons that writing things out the old-fashioned way might be your best choice, such as its association with better learning and memory, therapeutic uses, and the fact that writing longhand creates a “smoother path from brain to the printed word.”

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Photo by lrargerich on Flickr Creative Commons

What more do you need? You now have permission to indulge in a new pen. Purely for therapeutic purposes :).