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My Favorite Online Writing Tools

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A very short and practical post: a list of the coolest online tools I’ve found that can help aspiring (or perhaps even professional) writers in their endeavor.

  • The Hemingway App : a great tools to analyze your writing, its statistics, and its readability. (Don’t really agree with their ‘No adverbs’ policy, but still super useful)
  • Romance Divas : not a tool in itself, but rather a really cool community for romance writers, where you can learn a ton of things about writing and advertising your work, either as a published or self-published author
  • Thesaurus.com : your friend!
  • Dictionary.com : my favorite dictionary, because it also provides the first date of use for most words, which is super useful when writing historical texts, since you can then determine whether the word was used already at the time you place your story.
  • CloudConvert : a great online app to convert your Word/doc file to a mobi file. \o/
  • The dictionary of Victorian London : an amazing resource on all things Victorian. Love to check it while writing one of my secret WIPs…
  • Authonomy : An online writing community set up by publisher Harper Collins. Allows to publish a book online, have it read and reviewed, and even considered by HP editors if it make sit in the website’s top 5. A lot of whoring going on in there, and no, you’ll never make it in the top 5 because getting there is about being a social media ho rather than writing, but still a fun place if you don’t take too seriously.

That’s it for now, but I’ll update this post if I find some good stuff!

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  • Hi Camilla,

    Who are some of your favorite authors/books? Who or what do you think has influenced your writing style the most? Didn’t know where to post these questions. I love the Spotless series so very much and am so glad there will be another book coming in 2017.

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    • Hi Kyra,

      I’m a huge fan of Marguerite Duras, and her book The Lover, is probably one of the biggest influences in my writing, I also love French humorist Pierre Desproges. Other influences certainly include Roald Dahl, Terry Pratchett, Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones series, Penny Reid, Ruth Downie (God I love her), Ian Fleming, and this absolute gem: “Bad Times For Ghosts”, by by W. J. M. Wippersberg and Kathi Bhend-Zaugg. Old James Bond movies and action classics strongly influence the Spotless series too, and to conclude this inventaire à la Prévert, I need to give credit where it’s due: I lived in Japan for a while, and I loved anime&manga when I was younger–still do, just have less and less time, and I’m becoming more picky too. I think that the balance between wacky comedy, romance and fast-paced action certainly comes from that. I get told more and more that Spotless could easily be adapted for the big screen: I have no idea if it’s true, but as it is written, it might just well have been an anime.

      I hope this answers your question. 🙂

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