Writing Resources

Ashley Marie

Headmaster
Staff member
As readers and writers of fanfiction, we want to share some of our favorite writing tools with you. The 7 tools we've listed will help with everything from creating characters, plotlines, and story arcs to writing and editing your fanfiction. We would also love for you to share your favorite tools with each other. This helps create a community of writers, from beginners to those who have been at it for years - we can all learn something from each other.

Grammarly

A program that can be downloaded free (or paid for extra features) and added directly to
your internet browser. It helps find grammar errors and provides corrections immediately.
You can also copy and paste text in the program itself for grammar checking

Draft

This is one of our favorite tools when writing anything, specifically fanfiction. The features
within Draft are not only convenient but necessary to help writers grow their story and
their craft.

Readable

This is extremely helpful in checking the ‘readability’ of your story, which can make or
break it. There are other features when going ‘pro’, but the simple text analysis is what fan
fiction writers will find most helpful.

Scrivener (Downloadable on the App Store)

This is sort of a do all/be all in terms of writing fanfiction. It functions as everything from
your writing tool, to your research tool, to your note-taking tool. You can outline your
story, write in sections rather than worrying about writer's block because you’re working
beginning to end, and even create character notes/traits and keep them close when
writing.

iA Writer

A Writer is a tool that makes it easy to write without the distractions of an otherwise busy
laptop or tablet.

Grammarbook.com

An easy to use website to check any grammar problems you may run into and find
solutions for them. It’s like a textbook at your fingertips.


Please feel free to share your favorite writing tools below. We'll add them to our list of resources.
 
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Ashley Marie

Headmaster
Staff member
Twords is a tool I've recently discovered. It sort of 'nudges' (as the site claims) you to write. I've only been using it for two days so far but I'm excited about the prospect of it!
 

Ashley Marie

Headmaster
Staff member
I've also become a fan of Evernote which I've found is useful for writing on the go. As a mom, I'm always sort of 'on the go' so it's nice to be able to take notes and organize them so that when I sit down to write for a long period of time - I've got everything I need at my fingertips.
 

Blue Kat

Moderator
This isn't so much for the writing part of writing, but Canva is a really great tool for making book covers. It's a web app that is designed specifically for people who don't have backgrounds in design and they have a lot of really amazing templates for book covers, moodboards, social media stuff, etc. They've also got a nice stock image library. It's insanely easy to use.

A basic account is free and there's a paid version with more bells and whistles. They actually give their paid version away to non-profits for free, which is amazing--I found out about it because I use it a lot at work.
 

JMilz

Head of Ravenclaw House
This isn't so much for the writing part of writing, but Canva is a really great tool for making book covers. It's a web app that is designed specifically for people who don't have backgrounds in design and they have a lot of really amazing templates for book covers, moodboards, social media stuff, etc. They've also got a nice stock image library. It's insanely easy to use.

A basic account is free and there's a paid version with more bells and whistles. They actually give their paid version away to non-profits for free, which is amazing--I found out about it because I use it a lot at work.
I'm a huge fan of Canva. For anyone that feels like Canva can be hard to work with, Spark by Adobe is also good.
 

Ashley Marie

Headmaster
Staff member
Werdsmith

The app Werdsmith is a wonderful writing tool that allows you to do everything from creating goals to publishing to your writing portfolio. I've only been using it for about a week but I love it already. It's got a tracker to keep you up to date with reaching your writing milestones and puts everything right at your fingertips to make writing easy and fun.
 

Clas Myrddin

New member
If you use Google Docs to write something and then want to download it to then upload it to a place like this, what would be the best format to download it as?
 

Kamiccola

Member
Let's raid my bookmarks.

HP canon info for your research:
General writing help links:
Also, because I use this so much, here's a text-to-speech reader. Just paste your text in and press play. I use it to hear what my writing sounds like to pick up issues with awkward language. They also have a chrome extension which you can use to read webpages - yes, it works on this site - you can rest your eyes and hear the story.
 
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RDeHwyl

Member
As a writing resource, I highly recommend https://www.effingpot.com/index.html for a fairly comprehensive list of British slang phrases. IT's definitely useful in finding substitutions for words that are too 'American' to fit what Hogwarts students might say.

Also useful is , a moon phase calendar -- great for determining exactly when those literary werewolves are prowling about...
 
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Tiffany1567

New member
Before I switched over to Scrivener, I used WPS office. It's a very Microsoft office like, and there is a free version. There is also Libre Office, another like Microsoft office program, I didn't like it because it would freeze but computer but most people preferred it over open office.
 
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