Below you’ll find tools, books, and other resources to help you in your writing and author career. I use or have reviewed all the resources on this page. I’ve noted the tools that I use.

Writing Tools

  • NovelCrafter – Similar to Scrivener, NovelCrafter helps you organize all the elements of your book in one place. What I like about it over Scrivener is that it isn’t overwhelming. I also like that all the features are integrated for easy reference during writing. NovelCrafter offers a Codex where all the information about characters, locations, items (e.g. magical stuff), and more including plot summary can be stored. You can outline and view in various formats, have chapter summaries for easy reference, notes (Snippets) and NovelCrafter also offers an AI element for when you need brainstorming or other other help (it connects through Open Router). But where it gets interesting is that if I mention something in the book text, like a character, that is in the codex, the word is highlighted and I can hover it to reference what I have about it in the codex. Further, the codex and chapter summaries are integrated into the book project so if you do need AI help for brainstorming, it knows the reference materials so that it gives you ideas based on the project. For those of you wanting to write with AI, it can do that too.
  • Scrivener – Scrivener is a long-standing writer’s tool that helps you organize your writing project in one place. From outlines to research, you can keep it all in the same place as your writing. Plus, you can find free romance templates for Scrivner at Gwen Hayes or Jami Gold’s websites. WWH Members can access a Scrivener romance template in the Freebie area of the site. I own Scrivener but don’t use it, only because my writing process doesn’t quite fit with it.
  • Jot from Boogie Board– An Etch A Sketch for note-taking and will send notes to an app.
  • Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking: I’ve doubled my output and spend less time at my desk by getting the Professional Individual version where I can digitally record and the software transcribes the recording. It’s expensive, but for me, it’s well worth it for the increase in output and a decrease in time spent writing. (Get rewards using Swagbucks or Rakutan)
  • Digital recorder: You can use your phone, but I like to use my phone to refer to my plot, so I use a small Sony Recorder that has the USB plug built in. I record and then plug the recorder into my laptop.
  • Microsoft 365 (Business) – I resisted moving away from my old version of Word, but now I’m glad I’ve gone with MS 365. I have the business version which has lots of apps to help you in your writing business. First of all the MS 365 Word has a really good editor, plus a few other bells and whistles such a transcription of audio without having to tell it punctuation (if you dictate away from the computer), and it will read your MS to you which is a great way to hear errors you might miss while reading. Along with Word, you get Powerpoint, Excel, Chimpchamp (videos), Loop (similar to Notion), Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive (storage for easy switching between computers), Planner, Lists, Copilot (MS’s new AI) and more. There is a Home version for single use or family that doesn’t have all the apps, but it does have the basics.

Romance Resource Books

Phrasing Books

Writers Helping Writers Series

You can get all 8 books together on Kindle here.

Character Development Books


How-To/Help Books

Idea Generators