Blogging takes commitment, planning, and follow-through. Some bloggers write every day, some a few times a week, others once a week, and some use a team approach. Regardless of how often you write, chances are good, the time will come when you’ll be looking for just the right tool to get the job done.
Book & Blog Recommendations
Writing Tools ★★★★
by Roy Peter Clark
Clark is described as a “writer who teaches and a teacher who writes,” which becomes immediately evident. The book contains 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer which are categorized into four parts:
Nuts and Bolts: strategies for making meaning at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels
Special Effects: tools of economy, clarity, originality, and persuasion
Blueprints: ways of organizing and building stories and reports
Useful Habits: routines for living a life of productive writing
Each tool is not only instructive but also readable and engaging. Clark provides samples from more than two hundred well-known writers, and gives us a look into their use of language, syntax, rhetoric, and critical thinking. He also culls advice from some of the best American writing teachers, and from conversations he’s had with professional writers and editors.
I read this book from front to back, and applied many of the tools this past week while I was working on a ten page essay. It was as if I had a friendly editor looking over my shoulder. You can obtain information about Clark’s tools online, and while it’s a good start, I think you’ll find it well worth the investment to buy the book, and keep it within arm’s reach on your desk, or wherever you write.
Writers Toolbox: 35 Best Tools for Writing Online ★★★★
by Paul Glazowski
Glazowski provides a great list of tools in eight different categories, for you to pick and choose from.
- word processing
- jotting notes
- social networks
- jobs and employment resources
- book fairs/shows
- iphone apps
Blogging Toolbox: 120 +Resources for Bloggers ★★★★
by Mashable Team
The Mashable Team provides a list of great technical resources:
- blogs about blogging, and tips for your blogs
- blog search engines
- blog statistics & analysis
- spreading the word
- blog polls
Brand and Social Media Monitoring with Free Widgets ★★★★
by Dave Caruso
Caruso provides a list of free tools to help monitor and track blogs, forum comments, search engine placement, live hits to your site (including origin) and more. These free tools for both Mac and PC’s replicate features available through most high-price monitoring packages. Great resources to know about and use!
The Describer’s Dictionary ★★★★
by David Grambs
If you’ve ever found yourself trying to find a stronger more visual description then the first one which pops into your head, then this book is for you. The more you write, the more descriptive you need to be. Detailed description is what makes writing sing. Take a look at some of your favorite books, essays, and blog posts, and notice what draws you in, and makes you want to keep reading. Often it’s more then just the “facts”, it’s the way the writer has carefully chosen the words, made you see the plot, focus of the story.