Writing a book is a full-time job. It requires creativity and a good grasp of the written word. Even more importantly, it requires undying motivation and conviction to finish your work because you love it.
But we understand. It can start to become dull. Couple that with procrastination, a lack of enthusiasm, and other work – and you have the perfect recipe for a book that just won’t finish.
Fret not! There are resources for creative writers and authors that can mitigate part of the problem.
So, in this piece, we’re going to discuss several resources for writing a book. Without further ado, let’s get right to it.
Poets & Writers
PW.org – Poets & Writers is a great resource to stay in the loop for all things writing, publishing, socializing with fellow writers, and more. Apart from getting the latest scoop from the literary world, this platform can help you find the much-needed motivation or the spark of creativity that you were always looking for.
WritersDigest.com is a great platform for all types of writers. It has three core categories: fiction writing, nonfiction writing, and poetry. The platform also provides a lot of help for publishing your work and catching up on the latest and greatest.
AI-based transcription software is the need of the hour in a world where days seem to be shortening. There are all types of options for you from low-end to high-end ones. Try Descript or Dragon by Nuance to get a taste of both worlds. These software make dictation and transcription easy. Ultimately it leads to remarkably better book finishing times purely thanks to machine learning.
If you’re going to be writing series, building worlds, or creating a franchise – then Wattpad can be a good place to generate some interest, build a fan base, and launch your books with much fanfare. The community will also provide you feedback as you share your progress with your fans.
Scrivener is a must-have for any aspiring author. Scrivener is, at its core, a word processing software like Microsoft Word but it does so much more. Geared towards the author, Scrivener can help you better organize all the chapters, research, notes, and texts for your next book or novel.
Canva is a great tool to design your book covers and spines. It’s a do-it-yourself solution that’s online. No software installations, no hiring any professional, no breaking the bank. Canva makes designing covers a breeze with a drag-and-drop interface that anyone can get used to.
Formatting and grammar tools are critical. There are so many to choose from.
- Reedsy’s free book formatting software has some nifty tricks up its sleeve to help the budding author out.
- Vellum can help you create beautiful formatting based on templates. It essentially takes the job of the designer.
- Grammarly is a great add-on for you if you’re writing online or on Word. It can help you do away with misspellings, common grammar mistakes, and much more pretty easily.
Publishing with Amazon
Amazon Author Central is an amazing resource for authors who wish to self-publish on Amazon. You have complete control with Amazon’s service.
Unlike services like IngramSpark and BookBaby (which are great resources nevertheless for traditional publishing), Amazon Author Central allows you to manage your listings and build your detailed author profile while selling through channels such as Kindle Direct Publishing (both, a print-on-demand and an ebook publishing service from Amazon that doesn’t charge you a penny upfront).