Steampunk inspiration and resources

Resources for the Writer in all of Us

I am currently undergoing an editorial apprenticeship with the head editor at Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc, so that I will not only be an author with them, I will also eventually rise to the rank of Editor. I have already had some great discussions with Kat Hutson, who works for RRPI as well as her own editing firm, KLH Createworks, and I have found a few resources on my own as well. I thought I’d pass on these websites so you can unlock your inner editor, and make your own stories, blog posts, and games look polished and professional.

writermeme2KLH CreateWorks

Kat is an editor by trade, but also an author in her own right. She writes a great blog on topics such as Adding Levity Versus Writing Comedy and tips about the formatting an editor will want to see.

Writer’s Digest

Though this is also a (pretty expensive) print magazine as well, I have found some very good articles on their website. They feature contributions by agents, writers, publishers, and editors on a range of topics such as how to overcome writer’s block and best practices when querying an agent. There are also pieces like “Breaking Into True Crime: Ann Rule’s 9 Tips for Studying Courtroom Trials” and other genre-specific tips for a varied range of writers and their interests.

Find a Writer’s Group or Book Club

Publishing my book is still a long way off, but I have already been getting benefits by being a part of the RRPI team; namely, I get to be a part of a writing support group! I have made lots of new friends and we are already trading pages and insights to make everyone’s stories stronger. If you have never been a part of a book club or writing group, I highly recommend it. Even finding people who want to read the same books as you and talk about them will help you as a writer, and you can work yourself up to feeling comfortable enough to share your own work someday. The best writers are the best readers! Obviously, not all groups are created equal, but it is worth the effort to find the people who share your interests. This can be small and local, or big and centralized, such as Scribophile.

Do you have a favorite website or resource that you use when you are writing? We’d love to hear about it! Plus, if you have a story to share, feel free to send it to me at ForWhomTheGearTurns@gmail.com and I will add it to my gallery of reader contributions at the end of the month.

 

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  1. For actual writing, I recommend Gingko (www.gingkoapp.com). It’s a lateral word processor designed for organizing and drafting large, complex documents like novels. I’ve tried a lot of word processors, and this is my favorite because it lets me keep my outline side-by-side with my novel. I also love that it’s web-based, so I can work on it on my desktop, my Chromebook, my phone, etc.

    For nerds who like to track their word counts, I recommend the app Writeometer for Android, and 5,000 Words per Hour on iOS. For nerds who like to gamify writing, I recommend Habitica for both Android and iOS. Furthermore for nerds, I recommend Focus@Will for writing music. I swear it works. I put that stuff on, and it’s like Pavlov’s dogs. I just *feel* more creative.

    For resources, I recommend Twitter, especially the feeds of The Ripper, The Victorian Web, Writer Unboxed, Porter Anderson, and of course, Phoebe Darqueling. I also enjoyed KM Weiland’s blog for a long time, and I still go back to it for the basics from time to time.

    For writing groups… eh, I haven’t found one that fits me real well, though I hope to someday. In the meantime, I exercise my critical thinking skills and practice giving good feedback at the Steampunk group on Scribophile. It also has a forum of Steampunk-related resources, and it’s a place to pose questions about Steampunk and the Victorian era.

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    February 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    • Wow, what a wealth of good tips! I haven’t heard of Gingkoapp before, but I am intrigued. I was thinking of getting Scrivener before I start my next bit writing project, have you used it? I will definitely check out the music, too!

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      February 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      • I’ve used Scrivener. It’s impressive, and I can easily see why so many people like it. What keeps me from using it is the lack of cloud support. I can synchronize my files across my desktop and laptop using Dropbox or something similar, but I can’t use it on my Chromebook without installing Linux, and I can’t use it on my tablet or my phone. Not a big deal for someone who only writes on a single computer, but I like being able to write when and wherever I am. Also, the more features and settings something has, the more I tend to fiddle with things instead of writing. Scrivener has a lot of amazing, powerful features, but it’s just stuff that I personally have little use for, yet it distracts me. I prefer the stripped-down and flexible layout of Gingko. I would encourage everyone to at least try Scrivener. It has a free trial period, I believe, and again many writers swear by it. It just doesn’t suit me.

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        February 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

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