Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! is the notification I received over the weekend. Anniversary? What Anniversary? 8 year anniversary – since I’ve joined WordPress. Yikes. Hadn’t realized it’d been that long, seeing that I’ve only been really active since January 2019. But I won’t argue with it. If it’s been 8 years, it’s been 8 years.
I’m a writer, in my bones, in my blood. It is what I was born to do. I can’t remember 8 years ago… hell, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast last Friday (probably coffee) but the point is, I can sure as hell bet I joined WordPress for writing purposes. So, with this special edition of Top Ten, since it’s been 8 years, here are the Top 8 tools/platforms that have helped me the most as a writer.
TOP 8 WRITING TOOLS/PLATFORMS
8. Grammarly – I downloaded Grammarly as an add-on to my Word documents. I activate it once I finish a chapter and it usually catches the grammar, spelling mistakes that Microsoft Word’s own grammar check misses. Having the tool connected with my word document is super convenient and although I only use it for spelling and grammar, it does much much more. I highly recommend this for new writers.
7. ProWritingAid – I’m not saying you should use ProWritingAid instead of an actual real-life human editor, but if you don’t have the money to pay for those services, then ProWritingAid is it. It questions everything, every paragraph, every sentence, every word. It almost does too much. But it is a great tool that has helped me polish my drafts before i send it off to my editor. So again, I say, I recommend all writers to hire a real editor, but if you can’t, then, I understand.
6. Goodreads – Definitely a popular site for readers and writers. I’m not on there as much as I should, but I’ve definitely spent hours scrolling through life-changing quotes and I’ve found some dope ass books on there too. Every author needs a profile on Goodreads.
5. The Creative Writer’s Notebook – I’ve had this book for nearly a decade, but only in the past five years have I really gotten into it. I’ve been through it thrice now. It features twenty of the greatest authors in world history; a short bio, their famous works and quotes. But what I really love most about this book is the writing exercises/prompts that follow each of the authors’ profiles.
4. WordPress – One thing I do remember is why I joined WordPress. A home for my short stories, and maybe some blogging, a bit, like this… but mainly to share my mind with anyone who was interested. And like I stated earlier, this year, I’ve been all over it. Posting at least two short stories a month and transforming my entire page into a home of storytelling. I’m still not as engaged with the community on wordpress as I’d like to be, but I am aware of its presence and working hard to get my foot in the door. 🙂 I love wordpress.
3. The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing – I am a self-published author and damn proud of it. Eventually, I might query a story and go the traditional route, but I love being in control, taking charge, being the master of my destiny. So, if you are going to self-publish, you absolutely NEED this book. Don’t think you know what you’re doing, because you don’t. I mean, ten years being published, I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing sometimes, but I’m learning. Lol.
2. KDP Amazon/Createspace – What used to be createspace, has now merged with Amazon. This is my lifeline. KDP is super awesome, convenient, helpful…I haven’t had any issues with them since I’ve started publishing (fingers crossed).
1. Twitter – Specifically The Writing Community on Twitter. A place where everyone is welcome. People from all corners of the world unite and share their experiences with writing and publishing. In my opinion, it is the #1 best place for writers to communicate. I’ve made real-life friends in the Twitter Writing Community and have become a better writer in the process. Regardless of race, gender, locale, political/religious beliefs, the writing community is one big happy family. This is number 1 by a mile. 🙂
Yo, if you made it this far into the post. I LOVE YOU! like, foreal foreal. Thank you for reading my words. I’m no good at these long posts unless I’m telling a story, and even then, I’m mediocre. But let me know what you think in the comments. If you agree, disagree, if I missed something. Get at me.