Adventure into Romance with Shelley Munro
News About Shelley Blog Books Extras Contact Small Font Large Font

Archive for 'writing tools'

Fantastic Tools for Writers

These days there are many tools available to help in the writing of a book. Here are a few that I use and recommend. Some of the tools overlap, and I don’t always use everything in the intended way. I adapt my usage to suit my needs and writing habits.

1. 4 The Words https://4thewords.com/

I’ve posted about 4 The Words before since I use this to write my first drafts. This is an incredible community where the writing is gamified. You set goals and battle monsters while traveling through different territories. Discovering this online writing game has genuinely helped me to get down my word total every day.

2. One Stop For Writers https://onestopforwriters.com/

This is another tool I’ve mentioned before. From the thesauruses to the plotting and planning tools, there is plenty to help a writer structure, plan worlds and characters, keep timelines and map their stories.

3. Plottr https://plottr.com/

While I’m not a plotter or an outliner, I still need to have a basic framework before I start writing a new story. I use Plottr to do this and keep track of my characters and story bible. Check out their free trial if you’re a serious plotter because this is a fantastic tool.

4. Fictionary https://fictionary.co/

I’ve recently started using this editing software to analyze my scenes and try to knock my work into better shape before sending it off to my editor. Check out the Fictionary channel on Youtube as well. They have heaps of helpful advice when it comes to editing your work.

5. ProWriting Aid https://prowritingaid.com/

I use this grammar and style check during my editing stage and find it very useful. While I don’t always follow the suggestions, this helps me battle wordiness and other bad habits that can creep into my writing.

6. Grammarly http://www.grammarly.com/

Another grammar checker that I use in conjunction with ProWriting Aid. It checks grammar and style, and this app helps me with my comma problem. I have improved in this area tenfold!

While I use other tools, these are the ones I use regularly and, as such, recommend. Please note that they are all paid tools, but each has a free trial for the user to figure out if this product works for them. Do check them out!

Tools For Writers: 4TheWords

At the start of 2020, I was having trouble getting back into a writing routine after the holidays. Going for days without writing or any procrastination was not on the cards because I had deadlines stacked for the entire year.

One of the Facebook groups I belong to had a “Win for the Week” post each week. One author posted her weekly word count had soared, which she attributed to 4TheWords.

Intrigued, I checked it out and signed up for the 30-day trial.

4TheWords Writing Toolbox

4TheWords is an online writing game. Every day you select monsters worth various word counts and battle by writing words. Once you beat a monster, you earn rewards and collect items to get farther into the game.

According to the website, the writing game includes:

Monsters to battle
You can upgrade your hero
Embark on quests
Explore the world
Join in special events
A sense of community

Once I started, my writing totals for the day went up, and since I was battling monsters every day, my word count grew at a steady rate. 4TheWords worked incredibly well when we went into lockdown for COVID 19 here in New Zealand. It helped me to stay on track and keep working, despite the upheaval around me.

After my one-month trial ended, it was a straightforward decision to continue. Turning the writing process into a game works for me and my writing style. I enjoy the challenge, and apart from when I was on holiday, I’ve written every day. My current streak is 181 days of writing, which makes me proud. Having to write every day to stay alive in the game compels me to continue, even when I don’t want to work. My word counts are higher, and the process seems easier, despite the challenges of 2020, thanks to using 4TheWords.

If you’d like to try 4TheWords, you can use this referral code PKCQA42934 (It’s my affiliate code, and I’ll receive a few crystals to extend my subscription so that I can fight even more monsters.)

I highly recommend this writing game since it does what it promises—it helps to maintain a writing habit.
4TheWords is a valuable part of my writing toolbox.