As a "broke college student" I like free things.
As a broke college student writer who needs to invest in marketing, platform, and all that good stuff, I really, really like free things.
Although far more than 5 exist, here are some programs that helped me in my writing journey. Best of all, they don't cost a dime*
*some of these do have upgraded packages which you can purchase for a price, but I've enjoyed the free versions thus far.
I created the cover for The Quiet and the Storm in Canva (published by Taylor University Press)
Creating an email newsletter? An info graphic for your website? Not In-Design savvy at all (or your wallet isn't, at least)?
Use Canva. You can create anything from book covers to social media graphics. The user friendly format of the website can help the least tech-savvy of us.
Sure, you may not want to go into screenwriting now. But for those who want to dive into the growing T.V. Pilot industry, I highly suggest this program. Although not the industry standard pros use (Final Draft), it's a good start to create that Netflix pilot.
Have I written several blogs about this? Yes.
Will I continue to blog about this? Also, yes.
Reasons why I love this? Found right here.
4. Pixabay (Pexels, among others)
The photographs in my head never seem to appear quite the same when I shoot them via my iPhone. I've never excelled in photography and never will.
Pixabay, among others, offers stock free images. I have used some of these whenever I create social media book quotes, but authors have found other uses ranging from book covers to QOTD starters.
Image derived from Pixabay. I used it for a book quote I posted on Instagram for Den.
Want to see even more stock free image websites? Check out this awesome blog post by Jann Chambers. She highlights a handful of amazing sites and the pros and cons of each.
5. Fanfiction.net (Wattpad, Fictionpress, among others)
In the beginning stages of your writing and wanting immediate feedback? These websites have your back.
When I started wordsmithing in high school, I would upload about three chapters per week to Fictionpress. Not only did this help me hone my craft, but I gained a following of readers who were eager to read content that came out semi-regularly.
Not to mention, several success stories have stemmed from these platforms. Authors have received book and movie deals, such as Kissing Booth. In fact we work with one of the top LOTR fanfiction writers at C.Y.L.E.
I've missed plenty of other free programs, but would love to hear in the comments about cost-effective platforms that have changed your writing career.