So, I’ve seen a lot of posts about poor grammar, spelling etc. So I thought it would be nice if we started a thread of resources. Places to find overlays, backgrounds that are royalty free and any other web resources you think could help.
Here are a few off the top of my head:
Grammarly.com – The free version is sufficient to catch most spelling and grammar errors. While some words (i.e. spanish, french, etc) could be counted as spelling errors you can click the word and add to your dictionary so that it stops marking it wrong. Regardless, it’s a great resource to catch most spelling, punctuation and grammar errors.
https://www.wordhippo.com/ – Tired of using the same word over and over? This thesaurus and word tool website is a great resource. It also has a translator ( I would check with a native speaker to be sure that it is accurate – not all online translation sites give you the spoken version of a language.)
700+ Creative Writing Prompts To Inspire You Right Now – a cool place to visit if you want to write a story but don’t quite know what you want to write-- reading through some of these may spark something. Reedsy also has other writing resources (like character developments etc) Check them out
As far as backgrounds and overlays go : DO NOT GOOGLE! Unless you use the tool for copyright free materials, you are probably using something that is copyrighted – even if they aren’t watermarked. These are some reliably royalty free websites:
https://search.creativecommons.org/search?q=room&license=cc0 (be sure to mark the CCO filter to ensure you are using a public domain image. I have not done extensive searching here but if you specify your search (as I did with the word room) you should find some usable images.
cleanpng.com (use common sense – if it has a company name on it, you shouldn’t try to use it because the logo is copyright material.) Otherwise, a great place to find overlays that already have a transparent background and are in .png format (bonus that it tells you the size of the file when you click the image. )
So, Episode Community Members: What resources do you use that you would recommend to new (and old) writers here?
https://www.gimp.org/ Completely free photo manipulation software (similar to Photoshop) – an add on that I use is G’MIC plugin (can be found online just google it)