Writing Resources

The writing resources on this page are apps, blogs, links and pages that I have found useful for my writing.

Couch to 80K Writing Boot Camp
Tim Clare

Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K Writing Boot Camp. It’s a free writing course, via podcast that runs for 8 weeks and only takes approximately 20 mins per day and gets you started writing for just 10 minutes per day to get you into a writing habit.

Cold Turkey Writer 
Cold Turkey Software

This software turns your PC into a simple typewriter for the time duration that you set, or until you reach your required number of words. You can’t use your computer for anything else until you meet your goal.  A little frustrating, but it works.

 Pacemaker

Allows you to set goals over a specific time-frame and then monitor your progress. I used to to set up and monitor my #30DayPlay goal of writing 667 words per day for a month.

Language is a Virus

A website full of prompts and games, exercises and techniques to help get the creativity flowing again.

 

Play Writing

Into the Woods by John Yorke

Amazon.co.uk link

I picked this book up on a whim from a local book shop because I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the writing resources available on the internet and I couldn’t choose where to focus. This turned out to be an accidentally amazing and invaluable buy.

It pretty much sums up all of the information I was reading on play writing on the internet but without all the clutter and waffle in between. I’ve owned the book for less than a year but it’s already looking battered and coffee-covered and I still haven’t read it from cover to cover yet. I keep dipping in and out of it as, when I read it , it really helps inspire me and gets me focused on my writing.

I re-read sections of it when I start writing something new and when I feel stuck and it never seems to fail to get me writing again.

Further Resources