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Writers need help too… luckily, there are many resources online which can help writers with many parts of the writing process. Author Peter Mulraney has collected many of these resources and shares them with you in this guest post.

Writing may be a solitary task but that does not mean you should be doing it in isolation.

Gone are the days when you had to work out everything for yourself – the world is full of resources for writers.

1. The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of story structure any writer can master by Martha Alderson

A writing course in a book, for those of us that didn’t get around to enrolling in creative writing at university. This is the reference guide that got me through the writing of my first novel: After.

2. The ARVON book of Crime and Thriller Writing by Michelle Spring and Laurie R. King

Another course I self-administered. It’s full of tips from best selling crime writers.

3. Literature and Latte

This is the home of Scrivener, the application that can only be described as a writer’s best friend.

I do all my writing in Scrivener: novels, non-fiction, blog posts, email newsletters. Scrivener allows you to convert your work into all the file types required by the different publishing platforms, including mobi files for Kindle using the KindleGen tool from Amazon.

4. Joseph Michael – the scrivener coach

Joseph has an online video course that makes mastering Scrivener easy – a lot easier than trying to work it out yourself. He is also great for introducing you to other people sharing skills of interest to writers.

5. The Book Ninja

Kristen Joy, aka the book ninja, has published a range of short self-help guides for writers, covering just about every topic you’ll ever need to consider. She runs a ‘write a kindle book in 30 days’ course – primarily for non-fiction writers.