The Writer's Toolbox

Introducing: The Writer’s Toolbox

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Introducing: The Writers Toolbox

There’s an interesting paradox about technology. The better it gets, the more it’s able to help us get things done better, cheaper, and faster.

But at the same time, the promise of that technology (whether it fulfills the promise or not) can cause us to believe we need more and more of it.

When the personal typewriter was introduced, pencil and paper began to take a backseat for many writers except the most diehard wordsmiths.

Likewise, when word processing became a hit, suddenly every individual could become a “real” writer, capable of publishing something of comparable quality to major houses.

But maybe technology is getting out of hand.

There’s constantly more and more to learn–how often to Tweet, how to build an online platform, and how to sell books online, not to mention the many technological advances that we haven’t seen yet.

As creators and artists, we can choose to ignore these things–opting for pencil and paper–and just focus on nothing but our writing and hopeful breakthrough.

Or, we can acknowledge that the lowering barrier for entry has caused a huge jump in the number of writers and authors trying to build their platform, and we can choose to use technology to get a step up in the industry.

If that’s you, then this announcement might be very useful to you.

The Writer’s Toolbox

The Writer’s Toolbox, as I’m calling it, is just that–a “toolbox” for the modern writer, creator, and artist, that will hopefully provide the help, resources, and information you need to not just write better, but also to help launch your platform in an effective way.

I’ve written a fiction thriller novel (among other fiction that you’ll never read!), a lot of non-fiction blog posts, and am beefing up my non-fiction eBook arsenal. That said, my real background is in web design and development, and social media marketing.

Altogether, I believe that I’ve got a lot to learn, and there have certainly been a lot of resources I’ve used to learn more about building successful online platforms.

Check out the The Writer’s Toolbox resources page for the full scoop, but know that it’s a continual work-in-progress.

What you’ll find inside

The Writer’s Toolbox currently is a hand-picked selection (meaning I’ve used these resources personally or personally know the people behind them) of books, courses, and guides, ranging from simple eBooks to full-fledged packages geared to take your writing, career, and platform to the next level.

Some of the resources are free, and some cost money. Likewise, some of the non-free materials are affiliate links that will pay me a small commission if you purchase the items using that link. I do that for two reasons:

  • This blog is more than just a personal blog–it’s a small, yet growing, business. Affiliate promotions are commonplace online, and it won’t cost you a dime more to buy through an affiliate link than a non-affiliate link.
  • I fully stand behind these products and the people who support them. The quality of each product is amazing, as is the level of their care and attention they’ve put into creating them. I’m happy to promote their work for them, and I’m happy to show it to you.

So far, here are the categories of “stuff” featured in The Writer’s Toolbox:

  • Books
  • Guides
  • Courses
  • Blogs
  • Apps/Programs

So head over, grab a cup of coffee, and peruse the “best of the best”–resources that are guaranteed to help you get more done, improve your writing, and launch a successful career.

 

 

 

  • Jakob Quinn

    The one con to having no gatekeepers. Now everyone can publish a book, movie, music etc. No need for a middle man. Bringing in loads of great art that in the past no one would see unless they were a seasoned professional with outside help. But there is also a lot more accessible crap now too. The double edged sword of making things simple…

    • http://www.livehacked.com/ Nick Thacker

      True, that, Jakob. That’s why we need to focus on building our platforms and getting our names out there, or otherwise be okay with the fact that a lot of other people will achieve greater success than us. 

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Nick 

  • http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog Jill from QualityLogoProducts

    This is great, Nick! Thanks for putting together this toolbox of resources. There are so many sites and guides out there claiming to be the best for writers, but it really helps when another writer is recommending them. :)

    • http://www.livehacked.com/ Nick Thacker

      Thanks, Jill! Glad you liked it!

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  • http://twitter.com/jessicaburde Jessica Burde

    Great stuff. I’ll definitely be using some of it.

    • http://www.livehacked.com/ Nick Thacker

      Awesome, glad you’ll get some use out of it Jessica!

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