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What are the best resources for improving your writing skills?

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    Arthur Smith
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "I want to keep current with the skills needed in my workplace and also wanted to work on my soft skills to make better progress at work. I found Udemy very helpful. With a vast range of course available which are good on my pocket, I can invest my time at my convenience to progress in my career."
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      Scrivener
      Software

      Windows, Mac, iOS

      $40 - Free trial available

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      Arthur Vasquez
      Written on April 29, 2017
      "This is a next-level text editor that you must get if you're serious about writing. I've been working on a book for the last 8 months. Before this I was using a basic editor, and with 25,000 words completed thus far, it was so hard to go back and edit or find pieces of my story that needed work. SCrivener allows you to see each part of the story. It breaks it down into manageable pieces and allows you to jump back and forth to see sections that need work."
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      Arthur Vasquez
      Written on April 29, 2017
      "This is a next-level text editor that you must get if you're serious about writing. I've been working on a book for the last 8 months. Before this I was using a basic editor, and with 25,000 words completed thus far, it was so hard to go back and edit or find pieces of my story that needed work. SCrivener allows you to see each part of the story. It breaks it down into manageable pieces and allows you to jump back and forth to see sections that need work."
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      Juan Henderson
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "This is a great piece of software, but the DRM is a bit draconian. I wanted to run it on both my Windows machine and Macbook, and it required me to buy separate licenses. It's probably worth it, though; the easy to use and intuitive interface makes it a cinch to keep track of my characters and plot lines, greatly enhancing my productivity."
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      Aditya Gavde
      Written on January 11, 2017
      "This does not look like a very modern or easy to use solution. it is not free and does not appear to be very up to date."
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      StyleWriter
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      Windows

      $90 - Free trial available

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      Laura Williamson
      Written on May 20, 2017
      "I found StyleWriter to be useful, especially since the software comes with a free trial. Ultimately, the best resource for learning to be a better writer is not something that can be guaranteed through a software solution. I have had better luck just checking out good books about the craft of writing from the library."
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      Laura Williamson
      Written on May 20, 2017
      "I found StyleWriter to be useful, especially since the software comes with a free trial. Ultimately, the best resource for learning to be a better writer is not something that can be guaranteed through a software solution. I have had better luck just checking out good books about the craft of writing from the library."
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      Laura Medina
      Written on May 8, 2017
      "As a professional blogger and writer, StyleWriter keeps my writing at top level. I can send my articles with confidence because I know every mistake has been looked over and fixed."
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      Ai Tang
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "This program is interesting because it tries to help you become a more professional editor. I think that there is no one right way to edit though, and more personality is better."
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      Ralph Bates
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "When I need to look into how to better create a proposal for work, I tend to look at this site to give me tips on how to adjust my writing style. A worthwhile bookmark if you are constantly writing documents for work or for play."
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      Ralph Bates
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "When I need to look into how to better create a proposal for work, I tend to look at this site to give me tips on how to adjust my writing style. A worthwhile bookmark if you are constantly writing documents for work or for play."
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      Jennifer Rivera
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "i wanted to improve my writing skills. After some research, i found Writer's Digest University. It was just the type of app I was looking for and completely solved my needs."
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      Douglas Arnold
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Not really my thing and I write. I doubt this is among the best resources for improving your writing. It may help motivate you but Im skeptical of that."
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      Douglas Arnold
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Not really my thing and I write. I doubt this is among the best resources for improving your writing. It may help motivate you but Im skeptical of that."
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      Ruth Chavez
      Written on March 18, 2017
      "the beginning writer's best friend. it keep's track of your writing and so you can create an on-line resource."
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      Anthony Contreras
      Written on May 25, 2017
      "Interesting idea to help teach. I liked how interactive and "in time" the whole approach was."
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      Martina Aranda
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed the best resources for improving my writing skills and found out about a book from a friend the other day. It is called Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. It lets me know how to achieve healthy and sustainable writing practices using meditation."
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      Martina Aranda
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed the best resources for improving my writing skills and found out about a book from a friend the other day. It is called Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. It lets me know how to achieve healthy and sustainable writing practices using meditation."
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      Christina Fisher
      Written on April 2, 2018
      "The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner is a great guide for future writers. The lessons in this book are easy to follow. It will definitely help you be more creative."
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      Christina Fisher
      Written on April 2, 2018
      "The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner is a great guide for future writers. The lessons in this book are easy to follow. It will definitely help you be more creative."
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      Jose Gomez
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed to improve my writing skill, so my friend recommended that I use The Elements of Style. It has helped me immensely in improving my writing skill"
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      Jose Gomez
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed to improve my writing skill, so my friend recommended that I use The Elements of Style. It has helped me immensely in improving my writing skill"
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      Hansika Chavan
      Written on April 7, 2018
      "If you are looking to improve your writing skills, this companion book is the way to go. This book has over 300 pages of notebook sheets. There are a lot of quarterly check-in pages to check up on your writing. There is even a list that asks how you are feeling. This book will help improve your writing- one day at a time!"
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      Hansika Chavan
      Written on April 7, 2018
      "If you are looking to improve your writing skills, this companion book is the way to go. This book has over 300 pages of notebook sheets. There are a lot of quarterly check-in pages to check up on your writing. There is even a list that asks how you are feeling. This book will help improve your writing- one day at a time!"
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      James Spencer
      Written on April 16, 2018
      "I think this is great for those lacking inspiration or that feeling of getting into gear to accomplish what you'd like. I feel this'll definitely help someone who is having a tough time feeling positive as well. Judging from the reviews this has helped a lot of people."
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      James Spencer
      Written on April 16, 2018
      "I think this is great for those lacking inspiration or that feeling of getting into gear to accomplish what you'd like. I feel this'll definitely help someone who is having a tough time feeling positive as well. Judging from the reviews this has helped a lot of people."
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      Christine Ryan
      Written on March 31, 2018
      "This book really gaved me inspiration when I was stuck with an assigment in college. I like how its easy to understand and how it can really improve your writting skills if you use it frequently. This is definetely a good solution for someone that wants to improve their creative writting skills."
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      Christine Ryan
      Written on March 31, 2018
      "This book really gaved me inspiration when I was stuck with an assigment in college. I like how its easy to understand and how it can really improve your writting skills if you use it frequently. This is definetely a good solution for someone that wants to improve their creative writting skills."
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      Michael Reid
      Written on April 6, 2018
      "642 Things to Write About has some excellent ideas. It is a handy guide for all writers. It contains good ideas presented in a humorous way. You will be inspired in no time."
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      Crystal Freeman
      Written on April 9, 2018
      "If your thinking of writing a story about your life and need some ideas, this is the book that can help. I found that the book is geared more towards adults and those with more life experiences, but it still gives some good tips. This book will certainly give you some nice pointers about how to compile this type of writing."
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      Crystal Freeman
      Written on April 9, 2018
      "If your thinking of writing a story about your life and need some ideas, this is the book that can help. I found that the book is geared more towards adults and those with more life experiences, but it still gives some good tips. This book will certainly give you some nice pointers about how to compile this type of writing."
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      Michael Stephens
      Written on November 13, 2017
      "This website seemed really promising in helping me learn how to write more formal letters but unfortunately the site seems to be down. I was not able to access it at all and had to look somewhere else."
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      Michael Stephens
      Written on November 13, 2017
      "This website seemed really promising in helping me learn how to write more formal letters but unfortunately the site seems to be down. I was not able to access it at all and had to look somewhere else."
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      Janice Jimenez
      Written on November 8, 2017
      "Very informative! Tells you how to write a press release with simple instructions. Nothing too fancy to learn, but it gives you more confidence if you do decide to write a press release. It could use a little more detail instructions on things, but definitely not a deal breaker."
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      Janice Jimenez
      Written on November 8, 2017
      "Very informative! Tells you how to write a press release with simple instructions. Nothing too fancy to learn, but it gives you more confidence if you do decide to write a press release. It could use a little more detail instructions on things, but definitely not a deal breaker."
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      Jordan Hernandez
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "splitbrain doesn't really improve your writing skills all it does is just summarize text making it easier and quicker to read."
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      Jordan Hernandez
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "splitbrain doesn't really improve your writing skills all it does is just summarize text making it easier and quicker to read."
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      Lorenzo Mondragón
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Paperrater is a phenomenal website if you want to improve your writing skills. It's actually better than some of the expensive grammar and spellcheck sites! It helped me proofread an urgent article for work and I didn't have to pay a dime for it. This is one website I will refer to often as it serves all my needs perfectly!"
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      Lorenzo Mondragón
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Paperrater is a phenomenal website if you want to improve your writing skills. It's actually better than some of the expensive grammar and spellcheck sites! It helped me proofread an urgent article for work and I didn't have to pay a dime for it. This is one website I will refer to often as it serves all my needs perfectly!"
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      Joyce Barnett
      Written on June 29, 2017
      "While I was working on my thesis, my advisor suddenly fell ill, and was extremely difficult to reach during this crucial process. In my search for good online resources to use as I was working on my writing, I stumbled upon the Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC. This one stop webpage gave me so much information about what was expected in the content, formatting, and flow of the abstract, and couldn't have provided me with more help!"
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      Joyce Barnett
      Written on June 29, 2017
      "While I was working on my thesis, my advisor suddenly fell ill, and was extremely difficult to reach during this crucial process. In my search for good online resources to use as I was working on my writing, I stumbled upon the Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC. This one stop webpage gave me so much information about what was expected in the content, formatting, and flow of the abstract, and couldn't have provided me with more help!"
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      Kathleen Fowler
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "This website offers me assistance with writing skills by presenting many types of questions I could ask myself to generate or prompt and writing focus. It also provides coaching and courses to further enhance my writing skill progress. The option to participate in writing groups is also available as I might enjoy the feedback and interplay of discussion of writing improvement from my peers."
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      Kathy Newman
      Written on October 15, 2017
      "The basic problem with the solution is that it’s just that: basic. It doesn’t really tell you anything you shouldn’t already know from your English classes, and while it is a good condenser of good tips, it’s not going to help you improve in the way that a real life person would."
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      Ryan Ford
      Written on May 22, 2017
      "I am a grad student and needed help in writing an abstract for a research paper. I came upon this resource and have found it to be a great help. It walks you through all the steps."
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      Ethan Hall
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I had no idea how to write an abstract for a paper when I started graduate school. Then I found the UACES guide about how to write an abstract for a paper. This guide made it simple and explained everything that should and shouldn't be included in a proper abstract. I feel like an expert now."
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      Ethan Hall
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I had no idea how to write an abstract for a paper when I started graduate school. Then I found the UACES guide about how to write an abstract for a paper. This guide made it simple and explained everything that should and shouldn't be included in a proper abstract. I feel like an expert now."
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      Héctor Mora
      Written on March 14, 2017
      "This is a good writing tool for anyone in high school, college, or even someone looking to hone skills for their career. I have found more success in my written reports for work since using this product."
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      Barbara Peters
      Written on January 6, 2017
      "This is a pretty solid solution. I love that it's a very reputable and professional site. The only downfall is it's more technical that I personally would prefer."
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      Kathryn Rice
      Written on October 17, 2017
      "This is help for a very specific kind of writing, abstracts. This looks ok for that, but I was expecting something that would help my writing more generally."
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      Diane Payne
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I keep this website bookmarked for when I need to draft up compelling proposals to my employer. The format works well for this. I do not find it as helpful for general writing skills, such as writing a short story or a letter to somebody. This website is too specific for that, and pertains mainly to abstract ideas."
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      Diane Payne
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I keep this website bookmarked for when I need to draft up compelling proposals to my employer. The format works well for this. I do not find it as helpful for general writing skills, such as writing a short story or a letter to somebody. This website is too specific for that, and pertains mainly to abstract ideas."
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      Walter James
      Written on March 28, 2017
      "If you need to write a quick abstract, this little guide has been a standard going on a decade. Short but thorough, it covers all the important parts of an abstract, from motivation through conclusion. No need to get a book when this one page covers everything you need to know."
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      Jennifer Henry
      Written on October 12, 2017
      "This guide is old and it lacks detail. It's not sufficient enough for me to read it and be able to write a good abstract."
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      Sai Sharma
      Written on January 7, 2017
      "I hit a rut in my writing. I couldn't focus and I was not getting sufficient work. There are lots of websites offering suggestions on how to get published. While it is a bit overloaded with information, the Writer's Digest website is a great resource for all of your writing needs."
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      Sai Sharma
      Written on January 7, 2017
      "I hit a rut in my writing. I couldn't focus and I was not getting sufficient work. There are lots of websites offering suggestions on how to get published. While it is a bit overloaded with information, the Writer's Digest website is a great resource for all of your writing needs."
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      José Juan Mondragón
      Written on October 19, 2017
      "This is area that I have limited knowledge but the website does a job for only beginners. The rest of the writing skills in the website contains courses which you have to pay anyway."
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      Catherine Medina
      Written on July 5, 2017
      "Writer's Digest is perfect for that future Stephen King in you. If you are a writer at any level you can improve by using this tool."
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      Alexander Mills
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "A very comprehensive guide to punctuation. When I started blogging I wanted to brush up on my composition skills and found this site to be a very useful place to start. Not the be all and end all, as the focus is rather narrow. But, a good place to check out and start honing your mastery of written English."
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      Alexander Mills
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "A very comprehensive guide to punctuation. When I started blogging I wanted to brush up on my composition skills and found this site to be a very useful place to start. Not the be all and end all, as the focus is rather narrow. But, a good place to check out and start honing your mastery of written English."
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      Christopher Jimenez
      Written on April 27, 2017
      "With auto correct and auto fill anticipating our every move it was fun for me to read about the basics of punctuation. If you need a hand figuring out your colon from your semi-colon then you should check out this information on punctuation. I suggest you "dash" on over to learn about hyphens."
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      Debra Sanders
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "Wikihow is a great way to improve your writing and grammar. They have professional advice and helpful resources."
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      Laura Hopkins
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "The format is a little generic and information gets lost. Not the best or the worse."
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      Kathy Lucas
      Written on May 5, 2017
      "The grammar section of Quickanddirtytips.com is chock full of useful advice. It's a little difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, but if you just want an overall enhancement to your skills this is certainly a blog to read through. It can teach you all about the introductory paragraph of an essay or the difference between two very similar words. My favorites are the posts about where phrases come from and what exactly they mean... where did elbow grease come from? Grammar Girl can tell you."
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      Kathy Lucas
      Written on May 5, 2017
      "The grammar section of Quickanddirtytips.com is chock full of useful advice. It's a little difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, but if you just want an overall enhancement to your skills this is certainly a blog to read through. It can teach you all about the introductory paragraph of an essay or the difference between two very similar words. My favorites are the posts about where phrases come from and what exactly they mean... where did elbow grease come from? Grammar Girl can tell you."
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      Amit Venkatesan
      Written on February 26, 2017
      "I use Grammargirl on quickanddirtytips.com for all of my formal writing needs. Every time I get stuck on how to correctly expressive myself when I formally write, I go straight to Grammargirl to tell me how to correctly write. This is a very nice information site that I refer to, in order to make myself look educated when I write."
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      Craig Nichols
      Written on October 11, 2017
      "Grammar girls is supposed to help you improve your writing skills, but it's designed with a younger audience in mind. If you are already mostly proficient in English, the website won't be for you."
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      Matthew Patterson
      Written on May 26, 2017
      "I still write like i'm in third grade. I didn't want anybody to see my bad handwriting in person, so this is the perfect solution."
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      Juan Snyder
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "Poynter Writing Tools is touted as a blog to help you improve your writing skills but I didn't find much new or helpful info on the site. There are much better resources out there if you're looking to improved your writing skills, check out a couple books on the topic that is a good place to start."
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      Juan Snyder
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "Poynter Writing Tools is touted as a blog to help you improve your writing skills but I didn't find much new or helpful info on the site. There are much better resources out there if you're looking to improved your writing skills, check out a couple books on the topic that is a good place to start."
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      Maria Aguilar
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "Poynter is a great resource for journalism training and improvement to your writing skills. They post webinars and offer self-directed learning. I have been very satisfied with every course I've tried so far and look forward to continuing my education with Poynter!"
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      Frank Jones
      Written on February 2, 2017
      "I've met many nice mentors, and now friends, not Poynter. There are tons of people ready to constructively criticize my riding, and it has helped me improve my grade in my English class 2 letter grades."
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      Julie Wagner
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "So many great tips here. It has really helped me in beginning my writing career."

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    Best resources for improving your writing skills
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Scrivener Software 88 Paid
    2 StyleWriter Software 41 Paid
    3 Writer's Digest University Course 23 Paid
    4 Daily Page Websites 6 Paid
    5 Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Books 0 Paid
    6 The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers Books 0 Paid
    7 The Elements of Style (4th Edition) Books 0 Paid
    8 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion Books 0 Paid
    9 Living Out Loud Books 0 Paid
    10 642 Things to Write About Books 0 Paid
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