The Tools

Inspiration Tools

“Journaling with Jesus”

As writers we all need encouragement and direction for our journey. One wonderful way to receive that is by developing our connection to our King through the habit of prayer journaling. Journaling is simply taking time to have an intentional conversation with the Lord, by asking questions and then listening for and writing what you feel He’s showing you.

If this idea is new to you, Carol Round's beautiful book “Journaling with Jesus” well help you get started!

To learn more from Carol Round on Journaling and other topics visit www.carolaround.com!

Research Tools

The Free Dictionary

Most writers have a favorite dictionary. But if you’re in the market, we’d love to suggest www.thefreedictionary.com.

It boasts a Dictionary; Thesaurus; Medical, Legal and Financial Dictionaries; Acronyms; Idioms; Encyclopedia; and Wikipedia Encyclopedia entries all available, as applicable, for every word you search. In short, this dictionary is one of the quickest ways to jump-start your writing research!

"TheFreeDictionary.com now allows you to create your own personal homepage …you can add your own bookmarks, weather information, and RSS feeds from anywhere on the web."

Check it out at www.thefreedictionary.com.

Writing Tools

National Novel Writing Month

Writing Community

If you're looking to jump-start your novel, one of our favorite tools is National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo)

"NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!" - NaNoWriMo

Check it out at www.nanowrimo.org!

Image courtesy of NaNoWriMo.

Editing Tools

Grammar Girl

If you are looking for the difference between “backward” and “backwards” or how to use reflexive pronouns, Grammar Girl's YouTube channel is for you!

New York Times bestselling author Mignon Fogarty shares her weekly Grammar Girl podcast and video tips about English, grammar, and writing. Her website has been named one of Writer's Digest's 101 best websites for writers multiple times, she is on the Writers Board for NaNoWriMo, and she is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame.

Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/c/grammargirl/search!

Hemingway Editor

Need to cut down your word count? Shrink your manuscript? Strengthen your message?

Hemingway editor is an excellent free app that will help you do just that. Hemingway will highlight complicated sentences, passive voice, adverbs, and more so that you can write tighter, bolder copy!

Check it out at https://hemingwayapp.com/.

Word Count

Most word processors will display your word count for you, but if you are looking for a little extra help, we suggest Word Count!

Word Count is a simple and free text and webpage word counter. Simply copy and paste your text or your webpage url, and Word Count will give you a rundown that lists your “top” (aka repeated and overused) words and phrases. It also provides a helpful rubric outlining typical word counts for different mediums and platforms. If you’re trying to hit or fit a specific goal for that article, devotion, or essay, Word Count will give you an instant confirmation that you’re on the right track! (Or maybe still have a little work to do…)

Check it out at www.wordcount.com!

Design Tools

Unsplash

If you are looking for excellent imagery for your book cover, blog post, or article, look no further than Unsplash.

With 1,000,000+ free images, Unsplash boasts “the world's premier collection of high-quality pictures—submitted by our community of talented contributors and completely free to use for any purpose.”

Check it out at www.unsplash.com and “Make something awesome!"

BeFunky

Do you need to make a poster of your next book signing? Or maybe a cover image for your author page on Facebook?

For any of your marketing needs BeFunky is your all-around graphic design answer! With photo editor, collage maker, and graphic designer apps, they sport an intuitive interface with tons of tips and explanations to walk you through your creative process. Plus they stock a robust library of royalty free photos for your use and tutorials to help you along the way!

Check them out at www.befunky.com!

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