Monday, November 07, 2005

No Charge Ten

Ten Things for Writers That Cost Nothing

1. Artella offers a whole page of free stuff for writers and artists.

2. The FBI makes available scanned copies of some of its historical records via its Electronic Reading Room.

3. RWA's From the Heart Romance Authors Chapter #77 has a page of articles on writing -- a little outdated, but there's one by our pal Robin Bayne at the top.

4.'s Editor's Choice Free Software Page has some old favorites and a bunch of new stuff.

5. Sick of using index cards, sticky notes or the back of a bank envelope to write down, organize and track your ideas? Test drive a trial version of Idea Tracker here.

6. Manuscript tracking freeware for Mac, Windows and DOS (who still uses DOS? The Amish?)

7. Register for free to use special features of the Old Farmer's Almanac online.

8. Because you can never know too many words no one else understands, The Phrontistery.

9. Poets & Writers Magazine's Grants and Awards Page

10. Web Chrono Desktop offers a calendar, a reminder, a to do list, a program launcher, a file grabber, an extended clipboard, a unit converter, a web update checker and more at no charge.


  1. There's nother manuscript tracker here: Sonar. (I wrote it, Windows, freeware)
    It's quite popular, and judging from all the feedback people seem to like it.

  2. Wow, that's an oldie! Great links : )

  3. Anonymous1:19 PM

    Here's one more. Add virtual sticky notes to your screen.

    I use them to track thoughts while I'm writing. That way I don't forget to go back and do whatever it was I though of and I also don't break my train of thought. The single-user program is free. The program that runs over networks and lets you add notes to other user's screens costs $$.

    -- F

  4. Anonymous2:07 PM

    Hi PBW-
    Fairly new to your site. Enjoying your posts. Thanks so much for these resources.

  5. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Oh well, sometimes being a Linux geek does have its disdvantages. I may be able to run some of these under the WINE emulator, but who has the time?

  6. Thanks for the links!!

  7. BJ - I rewrote the database code for all my apps to be Wine-friendly, including Sonar. I use Gentoo Linux as well as Windows.
    Wine 0.9 beta is out and it no longer uses a config file. There's a winecfg app included: See Wine Weekly News for details.

  8. Great links. I've downloaded more than I'll probably ever use. *ggg*


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