Free Stuff for Writers

freeEverybody loves a bargain – even writers! Whether you are a seasoned author or a newbie, free stuff is always a bargain. There are sites that offer free software to allow you to write your novel or create an ebook; to nab photos for your blog (as I do); sites that allow you to manipulate and edit the images; and places where you can set up your blog for free.

See below for a list of free resources for creative writers:

  1. Sometimes, we need a kick in the creativity department and this site never lets me down. I’ve used this site many times for umpteen reasons. It has so much to offer. Check it out when you are at a loss for names – whether for a character, a location, real names, fantasy names to people your worlds, book titles, or even pop culture. Mix and match to suit your needs. It’s come in very handy for me.  http://fantasynamegenerators.com/
  2. This free writing software is similar to Scrivener. Like Scrivener it helps you to organize your work and your chapters. You can download it free here.
  3. WordPress is a blogging software that is free. There are a huge amount of free themes that can be downloaded and used to create your own website in a couple of hours – even less time, if you have even a little bit of computer savvy. I use it and their famous 10 or 15 minute install works – took me about 30 minutes the first time, but it works.
  4. Of course, once you have a blog you will need to fill it with copy and photos. Photos help catch a reader’s eye and is extremely important. Here are some great photos sites where you can get images for free. http://www.freeimages.com/ http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ https://pixabay.com/ http://www.freeimages.com/
  5. Once you have a website and start offering your books for people to buy, you will probably need to get PayPal – it’s a free and easy way to set up an account that allows you to get paid from anywhere  and let’s you purchase items as well pay. There is a transaction fee, but it’s minimal and there are other tools you might want to use as well. Check it out.
  6. PhotoFiltre – Use this free image editor to doctor some of the free images that you select from the sites listed above. It’s relatively easy to use. All you need is a bit of practice.
  7. One easy way to  become a good writer is to read the classics and discover what gives these books their longevity and appeal.  Here’s an easy way to do so without having to buy every one of them. Planetebook allows you to download these classics free. Take advantage of them.
  8. Project Gutenberg (what a great name for a website catering to books, and free ones at that) also offers an incredibly large selection of free books to choose from.  Read and enjoy.

Let me know of any free stuff that works for you.

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2016 Creative Writing Classes at BEYOND-THE-LAMPPOST

Tues. afternoons January 12 – March 29 in Oakville “Shaping Your Story

Wed. afternoons January 13 – March 30  in Oakville “Get Your Story Finished

Thurs. afternoons January 14 – March 3  in Oakville “Almost There: Revising & Rewriting Your Manuscript

 

 

 

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