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Tips on Starting a Blog (Webhost, Creating a New Blog)

Listed are some helpful tips and tutorials on starting your first blog. Information on web-hosting, blog site comparisons)

15 Top Creative Writing Blogs

How to start a blog with WordPress the right way

Starting a Blog with WordPress

Top 10 Website Builders

How to Launch a Self-Hosted WP Blog

Blogging Basics 101

How to start a free blog at Blogger

How to start a blog

How To Create a Free Blog on the Blogspot Platform

 

 

Online Application Resource

Online App Resources. Word processing apps, online thesaurus, dictionary, grammar check, and more.

Libre Office is a free Office Suite similar to Window Office, Word, etc

11 Free Word Processors 

2017 Best Free Online Word Processors

15 Free Web Applications for Writers

Free Creative Writing Courses

25 Free Online Writing Courses

Coursera Writing Courses

29 Free Writing Tools and Resources

Best Free Software for Writers

Quick & Dirty Tips (Grammar)

Quick & Dirty YouTube Tutorial Playlist

Grammar Girl YouTube Playlist

Grammar & Punctuation

Grammarly (I’ve used Grammarly for about four years)

Dictionary.com

Thesaurus

Grammar Tips

Grammar Rules & Tips

Free Online Spellcheck

Free Online Spelling and Grammar Check 

English Grammar

English Vocabulary 

The Writer’s Dig

APPS (ONLINE, ANDROID & IOS)

Here are some useful online apps as well as apps for Android and iOS that may be useful in your writing. You don’t have to be in front of your pc or Mac in order to write! Create on the go!

Online:

15 Great Writing Apps

10 Free Writing Apps & Tools

Darkroom

Barra.com

Hogbaysoftware

Writer

Zoho

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Mobile Apps (Android & iOS)

Best Android Apps for Writers

10 Best Android Apps

15 Voice to Text Apps

ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes (I personally use this one)

Zoho

Writer

 

Tips for Researching & Resources

This is a list of sites with useful information on how to conduct research for your stories and characters. I am also including a recent blog post I wrote with my own research tips.

Research Tips for Stories (by me)

7 Tips on How to Research a Novel

7 Great Online Resources for Writers

5 Tips for Historical Fiction Writers

Misc Tools (Writing courses,free word processors, tools)

List of misc tools that may help you.

Libre Office is a free Office Suite similar to Window Office, Word, etc

11 Free Word Processors 

2017 Best Free Online Word Processors

15 Free Web Applications for Writers

Free Creative Writing Courses

25 Free Online Writing Courses

Coursera Writing Courses

29 Free Writing Tools and Resources

Best Free Software for Writers

 

Research Tips for Stories

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My Research Tips for Stories

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  1. Google is your friend. READ EVERYTHING! It doesn’t take too much time to put in a few words about a topic you are interested in learning about or need more information on. In my first TS3 Story, Reagan Leeds: Run The World, I wrote about many places I’d never been to, medical terminology, designers, food, domestic violence, mental illness, nightclubs, business terminology. The list goes on. I knew a lot about some of these topics already, but it did not hurt to dig in deeper.
  2. Write what you know. But if you don’t, ask someone or find out more about it! I’ve been a mental health advocate for many years as someone who has lived with mental illness for 26 years. Even still, for some things I went to my older brother who is a psychiatrists and I took my own experiences of being in therapy and in a behavioral health hospital and shared my insight through some of my characters. I modeled when I was younger, so my protagonist, Reagan was a model, but of course far more successful than I ever was!
  3. Ask someone. I wanted to know more about Trinidad and Tobago. I had friends back in the day from TNT, but there were other things I wanted to know about the island country, so I asked people I knew for specific details to help me develop my character, Reagan’s mother Apollonia who is from TNT.
  4. Take advantage of different media. I already mentioned Google, but there are many videos on You Tube about different topics that you may be writing about, news sites, documentaries, Facebook, Instagram, blogs. There is no shortage of information that is available to us.
  5. Get organized. What I like to do is make specific bookmarks for different topics. I may have a bookmarked titled “POLITICS” “NYPD” LEGAL” FASHION BLOGGING” “INVESTMENTS”, etc. Having bookmarks makes it easier for me to save sites I want to reference if I need to know more on a subject for my stories.

 

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