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.


free writing tools to assist you

Random Sentence Generator – Struggling with how to start your sentence or story? Use this prompt generator.

Word Hippo – My favorite thesaurus.

Power Thesaurus – Also my favorite thesaurus, especially if I want to get into the etymology of words.

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.

Hemingway – Excellent readability tool

Readable – Another pretty good readability tool

Word Counter – Monitor your word count.

Grammarly – Writing tool that helps you check for several types of errors.

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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