Here, have a quick list of my favourite websites lovingly arranged into categories with a short blurb on why you should click on them.
Style, Form and Grammar
A brief guide on some of the basics that can trip you up during your first frenzied draft. Short and to the point it makes a great little tool to keep handy as you self edit. Written by Kim Cooper for the Writing Centre at Harvard University.
A website version of the book by Paul Brians. It’s searchable but also contains every article in alphabetical order if you’re in the mood for a browse. One of my favourite sites to reference mostly due to the sass of its author.
I doubt there’s many script writers who haven’t heard of this fabulous tool. It’s recently updated and has moved on from a desktop version to a cloud setup not unlike Google Drive. Takes a lot of stress out of formatting which allows you to concentrate on writing.
Getting in the Mood
Living in the lovely South East of England I don’t need to use this too often, but it may help those who just can’t get enough of the sound of water flooding your freshly unblocked guttering.
An awesome website which lets you type in whatever you’re feeling then generates a playlist of music that reflects it. I’ve linked to the ‘writing’ one, but don’t stop there, it’s free after all!
Creative Writing Prompts
All well as a sea of other resources, Writer’s Digest has a massive list of random prompts to use. Great to use as a quick warm up exercise of to take you away from a scene in your project you have no idea what to do with.
This list on Creative Writing Now is good for both a laugh and as a clickable defence against the dreaded black-caped beast that is writer’s block.
Oi! You! Get Writing!
Procrastination is a rather subtle but dangerous character. He does like to make us think we’re having fun while not doing anything we should be. This lovely little website helps fend him off though! All you have to do is write 100 words (or more if you’d rather, check the drop-down menu at the bottom) and it’ll show you a kitten! Kitten’s are rewarding, right?
Take A Break
As both a reader and a gamer at heart, this creation by Gregory Weir warms my cockles. It’s an easy to learn and quickly addictive mini game that turns reading Lovecraft poems into levels and ‘powerful words’ into enemies. Can be dangerous if a deadline is on the horizon though!