Writers Resources. That is a question that I have recently been dealing with. It all began when I decided to use my knowledge of writing to build a Basic Training Course for writers. As I began developing the course, I realized that it would be one huge course if I prepared a lesson on each resource.
What to do about writers resources?
So, I decided to provide resources, aka tools, to my students as downloadable PDFs. I prepare these tools and then post them on the student’s page. But then I had another question:
What are these Writers Resources?
The word resources is rather broad, so I needed a narrower definition to work with. I have already used the word, so I will tell you again. It is tools.
Writing tools, to be exact.
Tools that will enable people to write effectively. But that was still somewhat broad.
So, I redefined it again, and arrived at: specific tools.
What are These Specific Tools?
Glad you asked. And I will get more specific on the other side of this break.
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Building a Library of Writing Resources
If you have never built a writing resources library, now is the time to do it. It is true there are professionals out there that can do much of the work needed for you to succeed. But I am a believer in learning how to do things even if I hire someone later to do them.
With that said, Let’s Build That Library.
A Resources Library is in my opinion a necessity. So, without further ado, let’s look at these resources or tools. You should have in your library (physical or digital):
- Customs and Manners of historical times and places.
- Grammar book.
- Grammarly.com (or something akin to it).
- History books (if you write historical fiction).
- Word processing program.
- A Writing program, such as Microsoft Word.
These are just some of the resources you need. And if you plan to establish yourself as a business, then you need:
- Information regarding setting up a business.
- Programs or books on writing basics.
- and more.
Some of these tools are easy to get hold of and relatively cheap until you add them all up. Building a library can get expensive. The good news is that there are places you can get that information relatively free.
For Example, Writing Resources are Available from this Blog.
I use blogs and social media provide information to readers like you. While I also have a Writers Basic Training Course, I believe in providing as much information as possible to people at no cost.
Which brings me to a tip: Build a Digital Library.
A physical library is important to have, but in this day and age a digital library is virtually a must.
How Do I Build a Digital Library of Writing Resources?
You begin by following bloggers like me who are willing to provide information free. Will you always need all the information that a blogger provides. No, but I was once told that if you go to a meeting and get one nugget of value from it, then that meeting was worth your time and expense.
Much of what I learned over the years about writing came from information I gleaned from bloggers, marketers, and others. I slowly built up my own digital library and I added then and still add material now to that library. It will help you immensely.
What Writers Resources Should I Start with?
The answer to that depends to some degree on what genre you are writing. That said, I think it is essential that you have a word processing program with strong editing features, such as Microsoft Word or a program like it.
(One side note: Never allow editing software or a human editor to dictate your writing. Consider the advice, then you make the decision. It is your book, and they are merely tools to help you, not control your literary genius.)
Another tool not mentioned above is called a Beta Reader, which I will discuss in the future.
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