A writer needs tools just like a plumber and a carpenter do; we need more than just a pen and some paper. Below is a list of resources for writers to help you start (and finish) your book. Look to see if there is anything that might help you, and reach out for book coaching or editing services if you need help!

Style Guides and Grammar

The Chicago Manual of Style – This is the venerable, time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format. It is also my bible as a book coach and editor.

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White – This classic guide offers fundamental principles of English style that are concise and easy to understand.

There are numerous books on writing and editing that I love and use frequently. Email me at editorsuetoth@gmail.com to find out some of my favorite.


Google Docs – a free (and very powerful) tool that has a word processor for writing and a spreadsheet tool for tracking tasks and other information.

Scrivener – A powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to compose and structure long and difficult documents. While there is a cost, it’s widely recommended for novel writing.

Leave a comment with your favorite writing tool!