Writer & Editor

Some Resources I Use in My Writing Life

I wanted to create a page with some useful resources for those who like to tell stories. Well, here it is!

All the tools I am talking about here are tools that I use on a daily basis. I will update this page according to my discoveries, so add it to your favorites!

iA Writer (paid) — My favorite writing tool, and that of millions of writers around the world! I can’t do without it anymore. I’m not going to list all the strong points, there are so many. Everything is explained here. iA Writer is available on all platforms, and there is no subscription, it becomes rare enough to say so. For $29.90, you own the software for life!

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Unsplash (free) — Over the years, Unsplash has become a must for content creators looking for beautiful images.

All the photos hosted on the platform are royalty-free, so you have a real gold mine to enrich your stories. If you want to know more about this Montreal gem, check out their blog.

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Sketch (for a fee) — I create all my visuals and logos with Sketch, a software that has seduced many designers around the world. In other words, this is a serious competitor of Photoshop! Sketch is quite easy to learn, even for a novice, and you can find many explanatory videos on Youtube. I personally trained myself with the excellent LevelUp Tuts tutorials.

Sketch has a blog too: blog.

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Canva (free) — Canva is a good alternative to Sketch and allows you to create simple visuals for your blog posts for example.

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Noisli (free or paid) — I’m a fan! When I really need to be focused to write, I open a new tab with Noisli, compose my background music, and here I go for a long writing session! For example, I like to write in the rain, locked up in my tent. Try it, I’m willing to bet you won’t be able to do without it anymore. To have unlimited access to Noisli (with many advantages) you can choose the 8€ per month subscription.

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Literary Hub (free) — This place is a unique and valuable resource for contemporary literary culture. I especially like their Craft and Advice page, which is full of tips for aspiring writers. A must-read!

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The Atlantic (paid) — Well, I’m not going to introduce you to The Atlantic. You probably know it! I have been a subscriber for just over six months. It costs about $49.99 per year for a 100% digital subscription. Of course, The Atlantic publishes stories that are always of high quality and always inspiring.

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Medium (free or paid) — Of course, I couldn’t help but mention Medium. A huge, inexhaustible source of inspiration! Exciting stories, passionate writers, and committed readers! To be able to access all that is published on Medium, you only have to pay $5 per month. A little crumb, isn’t it? Go ahead and check out the Scribe publication!

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Grammarly (free or paid) — I can’t do without it anymore! I am quite good at spelling, but since I write in English and my mother tongue is French, Grammarly allows me to avoid as much as possible serious grammatical and spelling mistakes. It is an essential tool for all budding writers! And the great thing is that the Grammarly extension for Chrome works with Medium, which means that when you write on Medium, Grammarly watches over you and improves your writing! And the free version is more than enough!

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Title Case Converter (free) — A very handy tool if you want the titles of your stories to always be stylish! A must-have!

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How Many Syllables (free) — A very handy tool if you write poems and want to know exactly how many syllables are in them. I often use it for my haikus, which have a very precise structure.