38 Awesome Free Things for Writers

Tools, Courses, and Books that are game changers.

Shaunta Grimes
The Write Brain
Published in
4 min readOct 15, 2019

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I’ve gathered up more than thirty of my favorite free tools, courses, and books for writers. To keep things simple, I’ve just included a line about each thing (usually right from the website.)

These are all resources I’ve used myself or that I plan to use.

Have fun!

Agent Query: Huge searchable database of literary agents. Check out the resources that lets you upload your query letter for free feedback. (Tool)

An Introduction to Screenwriting: This online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting. (Course)

Books: I put together a collection of free Kindle books for writers. (Books)

Brandon Sanderson’s BYU Lecture Series: Twelve hours of video instruction from a master. (Videos)

Chris Fox: Read his book 5000 Words Per Hour, free. (Book)

Chuck Palahniuk’s Thought Verbs Article: Perhaps the most useful piece of writing advice I’ve ever read. Ever. (Article)

Cliche Finder: A simple tool for finding cliches in your writing. (Tool)

Conferences and Residencies Database: The Poets & Writers database includes details about over two hundred writing conferences, writers residencies, and literary festivals. (Tool)

Critique Circle: An online writing workshop for all authors. (Tool)

Evernote: Evernote helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks. (Tool)

Google Docs: With Google Docs, you can write, edit, and collaborate wherever you are. For free. (Tool)

Grammarly: Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant. (Tool)

Headline Analyzer: Write Headlines That Drive Traffic, Shares, And Search Results. (Tool)

Hemingway: Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. (Tool)

How to Craft a Killer Short Story: The art of a great short story requires a different set of writing skills altogether. (Course)

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Shaunta Grimes
The Write Brain

Learn. Write. Repeat. Visit me at ninjawriters.org. Reach me at shauntagrimes@gmail.com. (My posts may contain affiliate links!)