We all need to word grind to get our starting roasts.
Drinks are prepared for the drinker, no one else.
Wake up with the 1st cup, then savor your 3rd or 4th.
Writing is seen as a solitary activity, but there are amazing communities out there, people that will support you, and even ways to make the process easier.
All the communities, services, and items I think are great for writers are listed down below. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask me about them.
4thewords is an RPG for writers. Make your character, take on quests, and write words to fight the creatures around you. This green Wignow, for example, is 250 words in 30 minutes. There are special events all year (Love Week, Expeditions, Pride, NaNoWriMo), and the community is amazing. I started in 2016 and became staff in 2018, that’s how much I love it there.
Referral Code: RNXCQ91637
Forest is a chrome extension and an app as well. Plant trees for any amount of time from 180 minutes to 10 minutes, and focus on what you need to get done. Trees range from plum blossoms to sundae trees – watch your forest grow!
Referral code: 5VX9R3VSG
Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy
Dan Koboldt is a geneticist, author, and the creator of Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy. Elements of sci-fi/fantasy are discussed weekly thanks to experts who volunteer their time and information to debunk myths, correct misconceptions, and offer helpful advice. Subjects range from Biology to Forests to Horses.
World Anvil is a great place for worldbuilders of all types. There are templates that ask you questions if you need a little help prodding your brain, events throughout the year (Summer Camp, World Ember, etc.), and a great group of people will help you in everything from brainstorming to inserting CSS. Many of them are on Twitch as part of the Anvilite Streamer Corp, so you can see worldbuilding in front of your eyes!
ProWritingAid is a grammar checker and style editor. You can check your writing for the basics, such as spelling, but this software also looks for overused words, how long your sentences are, use of senses, readability levels, and more. The company also holds seminars on business writing, subplots, and other writing topics.
The Story Graph
TheStoryGraph has a great thought: “Life’s too short for a book you’re not in the mood for.” Software tracks your reading habits and helps choose your next book based on stats like genre, page number, and story pacing. There are also community challenge, content warnings applied to books, and even custom tags.
The Writer’s Workout
The Writer’s Work is a community of writers looking to hone their skills and polish their prose. They have a year-long arcade (with prizes) for motivation, WayWords (a quarterly journal) with open calls, and The Writer’s Games (a fast-paced challenge of given prompts and helpful comments by judges. There’s even the Achievement Tracker, a spreadsheet designed to help you track your writing progress throughout the year. A great place to grow!
Inkarnate is a fantasy map creator useful for both beginners (that would be me) and pros. There are easy ways to make realistic looking coast lines, themed stamps ranging from desert to fantasy to pirate ship, and a wonderful community ready to help you make your map look better.
Think I’m missing a great place or item for writers?
Let me know and I’ll be happy to check it out! ~ Coffee Quills ~