Resources

Websites:

TvTropes: A gigantic compendium of narrative devices and recurring patterns in fiction (and sometimes real life). Type the name of any work of fiction you know and you will most likely find it broken down to how many tropes it contains. You will get a much larger understanding of how fictional works are created and how you can play with conventions. It can get really addictive, so browse with moderation to stay focused on productivity.

Merriam-Webster: Straight to the point definitions, all meanings and nuances, as well as lots of synonyms. Perfect for someone who is not a native speaker. I tried many online dictionaries and MW has proved to be the most comfortable and accurate.

Books:

Spartan Entrepreneur: A true bible for anyone who wants to start a blog. With his no BS approach, Victor Pride lays out the necessary steps to build a high quality blog, points out the amateurish mistakes you need to know and avoid, and fires you up to make your voice heard. This is the ultimate resource for blogging, all the advice you need assembled in one package. No need to browse tens of websites and hundreds of articles to get started. Spartan Entrepreneur will save you months (if not years) of trial and error and spare you billions of confusing, contradictory pieces of advice. Also, check out the author’s outstanding blog for maximum motivation and life-changing content.

Applications:

ColorNote: A wonderful tool I use to keep track of ideas, make to-do-lists and even write drafts of articles. I’ve been using it for more than two years and I just can’t imagine living without it. A few imperfections may be present but nothing that a little mindfulness can’t manage.

Cool Reader: In order to better manage the time I spend on my computer and focus on what I can’t do elsewhere (build this blog and watch video content), I decided to externalize some activities to my phone, namely reading website articles and fanfiction chapters. I just copy whatever I want into text files and paste them onto my SD card. Not exactly the way this application was intended to be used (it’s primarily meant for epub files), but still a great tool to keep reading while outside or in bed.

Software

Trelby: In my reckoning, the best free screenwriting software that doesn’t require your web browser. Correct formatting is a cakewalk and you don’t have to rewrite recurrent elements (character names and locations) every single time. Trelby also ensures easy PDF conversion with the option to change fonts. The only downside is that it doesn’t allow applying bold, italic and underlining to words, but that is tolerable in regard to all the other advantages it provides.

Podcast:

Mike Cernovich Podcast: Over 100 podcasts covering a wide variety of topics such as mindset, online business and marketing, social relationships, health, fitness and many more. Mike provides deep and honest insight that comes from rich life experience. Tons of highly useful and actionable information that is available for free. When he’s not recording podcasts, Mike is running a huge, kickass blog.