Writing can feel like a lonely process, but there is so much out there on the internet to help you. You can research your book/writing and you can get help on what to write if you are stuck. You can find motivation to write or help to maintain your focus. There are websites to improve your writing and there are support groups to talk to fellow writers and others in the publishing industry.

Below is a list of useful websites to get you started. If there is something missing on this list that you use, let us know. If you have a website or forum that you would like us to add to this list then contact us with details.

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Getting Started

So you are just starting out writing but want some ideas? What should you write about? Are your ideas on trend? Need somewhere to put those ideas for later on? Check out these sites:

Google Trends

Are you looking to write about a hot topic? Want to know if your idea is on trend? Then Google Trends is not a bad place to start.

URL: https://trends.google.com/trends/

HubSpot's Blog Topic Generator

Blog writer? Have you got writer's block? Put three nouns into this tools and it'll give you five blog headline ideas in return... fair swap!

URL: https://www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator

Pocket's Virtual Notebook

Need a virtual notebook for keeping ideas, articles, links and pictures that you come across online? Here you go!

URL: https://getpocket.com/

Content Idea Generator

Got blank page blues? Drop in a topic and this nifty tool will not only give you a title, it will provide you with some reading to start you off.

URL: https://www.portent.com/tools/title-maker

Maintaining Focus

It is often hard to find that place where you can write without getting distracted, without then begin distracted by what's on your computer. Check out these sites:

FocusWriter

Don't get distracted by all the gadgets. This writing app gives you an uncluttered interface with a hidden menu to keep your eyes on the text. It also features daily goals, timers, and alarms to keep you motivated.

URL: https://gottcode.org/focuswriter/

BlankPage

BlankPage is a tool to help people start and finish a book or novel. By providing a distraction-free editor, motivational tools, and a clear writing process. You will get there!

URL: https://www.blankpage.io/

Calmly Writer

Another simple interface to keep you focussed.

URL: https://www.calmlywriter.com/online/

StayFocusd

Addiction to social media killing your writing? This extension lets you limit the amount of time you can use a whole range of websites.

URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en

Motivators

Sometimes the best thing is just to write, but it is not always easy. Check out these websites which push you to write, either on different subjects or under time constraints.

Daily Page

This will give you a daily writing routine with a daily prompt. Each morning you'll get a new writing prompt. You'll then have the rest of the day to write your response.

URL: https://www.dailypage.co/

Ilys

Spending too much time editing as you go along? Then this may help. Set a word limit and start typing – but only see one letter at a time. You only see the full text (and get to edit it) when you have reached your limit.

URL: https://www.ilys.com/welcome

The Most Dangerous Writing App

Do you work best under pressure? I mean like the threat of someone actually beating you if you slow down? Then this is the app for you. Stop typing for more than a few seconds then this monster will delete everything you have written... EVERYTHING... So don't stop!

URL: http://www.themostdangerouswritingapp.com/

Better Writing

Grammar, punctuation, and spelling are all things we need help on from time to time. Need help finding a word that rhymes or an alternative word to reduce repetition? Want to check your writing style is correct or if it is appropriate for your target audience? Check out these sites which will help you improve your writing:

Grammar Girl

One of our favourites! Everything you need to know about, well, grammar.

URL: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Grammarly

Grammarly corrects over 250 types of grammatical mistakes, including contextual errors and poor vocabulary usage.

URL: https://www.grammarly.com

Thesaurus.com

No prizes for guessing what this is, but it's useful nonetheless.

URL: http://www.thesaurus.com/

Rhymer

Sometimes you just need help finding that rhyme... it's not cheating!

URL: http://www.rhymer.com/

Cliche Finder

This tool will find a cliché in your writing faster than a bat out of... wait, hold on there...

URL: http://cliche.theinfo.org/

Atomic AI

Does your writing style match your target audience? This tool will assess your writing against your audience's reading level and interest.

URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/atomic-ai/lbmmfpgaligikamflbficobigegoacln?hl=en-US

ProWritingAid

Generally makes your writing better. Highlights vague and overused words, and those really long sentence lengths that just never seem to stop, but keep rambling on, and on, and on.

URL: https://prowritingaid.com/

Wordcounter

Ranks the most frequently used words in your writing. Can be used to identify word overuse or simply to extract keywords from a text.

URL: http://www.wordcounter.com/

Hemingway Editor

It's a spellchecker but for writing style! Makes your work clear and readable.

URL: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

UK vs US Spelling List

Not sure if you're using UK or US English spelling? Here is the ultimate list...

URL: http://www.tysto.com/uk-us-spelling-list.html

TitleCase

Always capitalising your title incorrectly? This this app will help you Get it Right!

URL: http://titlecase.com/

Working with Others

If you are writing with other people it can be a challenge. These sites can help:

Google Docs

Work together on the same document and keep and eye on all the changes. It won't solve disagreements with your writing partner, but you'll know what they've changed!

URL: https://www.google.co.uk/docs/about/

Wridea

And if you are prone to creative differences, maybe this will help. Share ideas, thoughts, and together nicely.

URL: http://wridea.com/