if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.

Those are the first few words of Charles Bukowski’s poem, so you want to be a writer? On the surface, it seems to discourage any bright-eyed, wannabe writer. On more in-depth inspection, it’s saying don’t force it. Writing is an activity or skill that should flow out of you – unless you’re up against a 10 am deadline with nothing more than a blank page and a few placeholder sentences.

Like many of you, Internet searches and many online tools are our friends. Writing shouldn’t be hard.

While crafting an idea, composing the outline and fleshing out the structure may be of academic concern, we agree with Bukowski in that you shouldn’t have to try to write. Just do it. We all have a story to tell.

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free writing tools to assist you

Writing Prompt Generator – Don’t know where to start? Need a character idea or a starter sentence?
https://thestoryshack.com/tools/writing-prompt-generator/

Random Sentence Generator – an alternative prompt generator like the previous, but with a different personality.
https://www.squibler.io/random-prompt-generator

Word Hippo – my favorite thesaurus
https://www.wordhippo.com/

Power Thesaurus – also my favorite thesaurus, especially if I want to get into the etymology of words.
https://www.powerthesaurus.org/

Online Etymology Dictionary – Wonder where that word or phrase originated? https://www.etymonline.com/

Rewordify – Sometimes, I tend to get wordy with my sentences. This tool will help remedy your verbosity.
https://rewordify.com/index.php

Hemingway – Excellent readability tool
http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

Readable – Another pretty good readability tool
https://readable.com/text/

Word Counter
https://wordcounter.io/

Grammarly –  Writing tool that helps you check for several types of errors.
https://app.grammarly.com/

Quotes for Writing – Not a writing tool, but neat, little writing-related quotes that make you feel warm and fuzzy or severely judged inside. View them here.

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