The writing resources on this page are apps, blogs, links and pages that I have found useful for my writing.
Online Writing Meetups
The Covid-19 Pandemic has forced us into isolation, maybe physically, but not socially. Online resources have suddenly become even more important and vital to stay connected. Many creative opportunities have popped up to help us support each other with our writing, through online conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Hangouts and Microsoft Teams, to name but a few.
These are a few groups that I have found. Some provide prompts, some are online meetups enabling up to simply come together and write with one another at the same time. Many miles, if not continents apart, but together.
London Writer’s Salon
The ‘Writer’s Hour’ is at 8am every morning for an hour of writing over coffee.
There is now a two hour long ‘Late Edition’ now too, on Wednesday evenings for the night owl writers amongst us. Of which I guess, there are many.
Just a wonderful meetup to write all together at the same time, for 50mins. They read out an inspiring quote every morning for you to think about if you want to do a stream of conciousness / freewrite / Morning Pages. Really helpful, supportive group to get stuff done.
- Daily Mornings: Every week day 8-9am BST
- Mid – day: Every week day 1-2pm BST
- Midweek Late: Wednesday 6-7pm BST
- Ship It Hour: Fridays 4-5pm BST (Bring something you’d like to publish)
Shutup and Write®
Both international and local groups. With the international groups, don’t forget to factor in the time difference between countries. I turned up to one, only to find out it had happened several hours earlier. Ooops!
Shut Up & Write!® Online Events (San Francisco, US)
Not a conferencing group, but they frequently run procrastination busting writing courses via email. “For badass writers with no time or money”
They lots of email courses, online and writers retreat. My current fave is the current Monday morning Journaling meeting on Crowdcast – via easy weblink – just chatbox rather than actual chat.
I really enjoyed the prompts they used. I started because I thought it would be handy to get back to Morning Pages journaling. But then it turned out the prompts were just handy to get the mind opening up anyhoo and weren’t ‘journal specific’… whatever that is. Really useful hour long session to just get unblocked and get those words out.
Running online writing workshops for underpriviledged and under-represented writers and artists, encouraging diversity & inclusion in the arts.
Local writing resources here in Norwich.
Writing prompts for when you are stuck, or even when you’re not, but just need a starting word or phrase to start a free-write.
Take Three Nouns
There are lots of writing exercises on the Writing Exercises site but one of my favourites is Take Three Nouns. Does what it says on the tin. Generates three random nouns.
Also on the Writing Exercises page is a random image generator. If you fancy using a visual cue to spark your creativity instead of using words. Or maybe use a combination of both?
Watch Out for Snakes
Another random word generator for free writing. With the one you get to choose the word type and it’s complexity. Additionally you can pick a randomly generated, phrase, sentence or even paragraph.
A website full of prompts and games, exercises and techniques to help get the creativity flowing again.
Soundscapes to Write to:
‘My Noise’ is a website of ambient sounds, such as sea, wind and rain, café noises, forest, garden, waterfalls. Each soundscape page has sliders so you can vary the individual component sounds. So, if you don’t like listening to the flow of water trickling, but prefer bird songs, want more tweeting and less cuckoo, you got it. It’s awesome.
Competitions and Awards
On beginning to gather a list of writing competitions, I very quickly realised it might grow too long and unwieldy to include on this page.
Especialy if I include short stories, and poetry as well as playwriting competitions. So, I have been adding the Competitions along with a few short details on a spreadsheet, which I will link to below.
Check the Competition organisers’ pages for full details on how to enter each competition and for up-to-date deadline dates, entry fees and rules of elgibility.
Couch to 80K Writing Boot Camp
I love 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. It gets you started on writing for just 10 minutes per day with simple exercises that become more interesting and challenging as the course progresses. It gets your creativity flowing and gets you into a writing habit. Tim Clare is also funny and makes it an entertaining journey.
If you want to really get into a good writing habit and poke your creativity into life, Tim Clare now has a 100 day writing challenge. Just like the 80K Boot camp, it’s just a 20 minute podcast with 10 mins of writing. It is just as funny and entertaining as the Writing Boot Camp, only longer. It is funded by Arts Council England so is totally free. The link in the title above takes you to the intro on Day 0. Enjoy.
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.
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.
Into the Woods by John Yorke
I picked this book up on a whim from a local book shop because I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the writing
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.