What are the best resources to write a novel?

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    #1FocusBooster

    FocusBooster
    FocusBooster is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique: you will focus on a single task for 25 minutes and the take a 5-minute break. FocusBooster combines this technique with the classical to-do list system.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- There's premium versions

    Robert Herrera
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "I needed a resource to help me manage my time and progress while working on a novel. FocusBooster allows me to track these things and see how much progress I have made It is a great time management and productivity tool. "
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    #2Meetup

    Meetup

    Meetup offers ways for people to find a specific kind of group in their area or allows people to start their own group. The site says that over 2,000 meetup groups get together in local communities each day.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Arjun Tambe
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "Easily the most important requirement for an author two write a novel is experience. Nobody wants to read anything by some shut in who hasn't lived a day in his life. You gotta get out there and meet people. I use Meetup to find some adventure. Meetup can put you in contact with just about anybody. Wanna go on a bender? Try Meetup. Wanna find some people to go camping with? Meetup."
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    #3The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition

    The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition
    Nice choice for artistic souls that want to learn how to find their creative self or just want to discover all that you can get from creating art: peace of mind, joy, insights...
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    Timothy Myers
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "I was looking for some information on novel writing in preparation for a class I am taking. This link took me to an errant app on the Google Play store, but with a little digging I found The Artist's Way on Amazon (written by Julia Cameron.) This is a great book on discovering creativity and it is full of wonderful exercises for writers to use to develop their own unique ideas and methods."
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    #4Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg is a website that offers over 45000 free ebooks what will fill your needs. It has a variety of categories such as music, history, education, fiction, and more.

    Websites

    Free

    Joshua Hamilton
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "this is a great site buy ebooks and find many options. there are over 53000 free ebooks available. no fee or registration required. this is a worthwile site and you can find some interesting books to read. I would recommend this site to others. "
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    #5Scrivener

    Scrivener

    Scrivener is a software for a long-form writing like novels and articles. It's easy to use, to organize and will adapt to all your ideas, plots, concepts, and characters.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $40- Free trial available

    Keith Burke
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "Writing a novel is no easy task, there's endless amounts of text and it's easy to get lost. Scrivener 2 solved my need for organization while still giving me all the information I needed to write. It looks a little daunting at first, but once you get used to it, it's hard to write without it."
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    #6On Writing

    On Writing
    Half memoir, half master class, this Stephen King's tour de force will reveal the truly and practical lifestyle of a writer. Don't ready if you expect ideal visions of muses behind always around you.
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    Ralph Williams
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "On Writing seems like a pretty good book. I haven't read it before, but Stephen King is an amazing writer. It's only fair to assume you'll learn a lot about writing by reading this book."
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    #7Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

    Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
    If you are stressed thinking on the big project that is writing a novel, this book will calm you and teach to write word by word... or more like bird by bird.
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    Richard Grant
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "Bird by Bird is one of the first books I picked up when deciding to write. I not only picked it because it is a stepping stone to writing but because of the quirky little life instructions too. Together this book helps."
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    #8The War of Art

    The War of Art
    This book will inspire you to defeat the greatest enemy of a writer: the "Resistance".
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    Adam White
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "I ended up getting this book more for the help and assistance with breaking some mental walls I've had with my creativity. During my writing sessions, I encountered many issues with ideas and composition of ideas. This self help guide helped push me through some tough times with sound advice. Best of all, it didn't cost me all that much. "
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    #9Word 2016

    Word 2016
    The classic word processor from Microsoft. A must-have in a lot of ambits: business, creativity, writing, productivity...
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $143.28- For 1 PC

    Terry Schultz
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "Microsoft word 2016 is a great tool to create and share professional looking documents. you can edit documents and edit and review them. word 2016 has a great reputation and I highly recommend it as a go to source for word procesing. I recommend this software to anyone who wants to create great looking documents "
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    #10The Right to Write

    The Right to Write

    The Right of Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life is a book by Julia Cameron with plenty of exercises that will help a writer lost his/her fears and boost his/her creativity.

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    Kevin Johnston
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "A fantastic book on how to get into writing. This was unlikely anything I'd ever seen before. Definitely the best."
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    #11Novelist

    Novelist

    Novelist is an app that allows you to outline your plot, themes, characters, and every detail of your book idea. That way, you'll be able to write your first (or next!) novel easily, with structure and organization in mind.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    David Huerta
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "I think this is very nice and it seems like a good resource to make a lot of people happy."
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    #12Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a book written by Natalie Goldberg, first published in 1986. It aims to teach readers to achieve a healthy and sustainable writing practice through the art of Zen meditation.

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    María Acevedo
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a good resources to write a novel."

Summary

Best What are the best resources to write a novel
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1FocusBoosterSoftware 13 Free
2MeetupApps 11 Free
3The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary EditionBooks 10 Paid
4Project GutenbergWebsites 9 Free
5ScrivenerSoftware 8 Paid
6On WritingBooks 7 Paid
7Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeBooks 6 Paid
8The War of ArtBooks 4 Paid
9Word 2016Software 3 Paid
10The Right to WriteBooks 1 Paid
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