Recommended Resources

The following are writing and blogging resources I personally use. I can wholeheartedly recommend each of them if you have a particular need in that area. I have joined the affiliate programs for some of these products, so by making a purchase you will be supporting Write It Sideways in a practical way. Please do check them out for yourself to see if they suit your current needs before considering a purchase.

Story Is a State of Mind—A Creative Writing E-Course

Sarah SeleckyClick here to read my review of Canadian author Sarah Selecky’s fabulous e-course Story Is a State of Mind, and find out how you can receive a free critique of your writing when you sign up.

“Story Is a State of Mind” is pure magic. It has given me a renewed sense of freedom, brought me back to the basics of pen and paper, helped me unlock my memory and improve my critical reading skills, completely changed the way I feel about practising writing, and changed my mentality from ‘must get published’ to ‘must write something true and valuable.’

The Author Accelerator—A Book-Coaching Program

WriteItSideways-adClick here to watch the video “How to Overcome Procrastination and Doubt,” with author Jennie Nash, then sign up for your free week-long trial of her book-coaching program Author Accelerator.

Jennie and I first connected years ago when I reviewed one of her novels, and for the last couple of years we’ve worked together on the masthead at Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. I even had the pleasure of having Jennie as my editor for a couple of interviews I conducted for the journal, and her feedback is thoughtful, thorough, and honest but encouraging. When Jennie told me about her Author Accelerator program, I knew my readers would go crazy for it.

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing

BMG_450px_whitebgThe Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing is an e-book package I wrote in 2012. At the time I already had two children and was expecting a set of twins. My life certainly looks different today than it did then, but the book is filled with a lot of helpful evergreen content to help you achieve your writing goals.

Bonuses: Eight interviews with published novelists who are also moms, including Therese Walsh, Camille Noe Pagan, Julie Buxbaum and others; printable worksheets and charts; action points at the end of each section; a printable booklet of quick recipes for busy writer-moms.

You can read an independent review of The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing here.

Click here to purchase The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, and use the coupon code EMAIL75 to take 75% off the price. That’s a $19.99 value for just $4.99!



*Part I: Preparing to Write

-The Benefits of Writing

-Goal Setting for Writer-Moms

-Setting Up Your Writing Space

-Planning Your Writing Sessions

-Family Matters

-Working Full-Time

*Part II: Making Time for Writing

-Time Tracking

-Streamlining Your Housework Routines

-Getting Your Kids to Help Out Around the House

-Streamlining Your Cooking Routines

-Time Savers, Tips and Tricks for Making More Time to Write

*Part III: Writing Like a Mother

-Getting Creative

-Planning and Drafting Your Writing


-Writer-Moms and Blogging

-Staying Sane

-Dealing with Real Time Constraints


Writing Software: Scrivener

Oh, how I love Scrivener. It makes working on my novel a pleasure.

Specifically designed for Mac users, Scrivener is an easy-to-navigate program that allows you to break down your manuscript into sections and chapters, then click and drag the files to reorder them.


Reading: Amazon Kindle 3

I finally broke down and bought an Amazon Kindle in November 2010, and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy using it.

Watch my video review of the Kindle 3 here.

Amazon Kindle 3

Video: Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

Kodak Zi8 video cameraMy Youtube videos are recorded using the Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera. I also use this brilliant little camera for capturing videos of my children.

Keep an eye on the Write It Sideways Youtube channel for my latest videos.

Hostgator WordPress Hosting

WordPress Theme: Thesis

My “Web Guy”, Peter, tells me that Thesis is the theme used to customise the site.

If you know a good WordPress Web Guy (like I do!) then a theme like Thesis gives you a lot of great options to make the most of your blog.

Buy Thesis WordPress Theme

Email Subscriptions: Aweber

I use Aweber to run my monthly newsletter and also to email out all new articles to subscribers.

Try it for just $1 in your first month. They have some great training videos to help you get started. If you’re like me, having the chance to try at no or low cost is really important when you’re on a tight budget!


Blog Mentoring: A-List Blogging Club

Whether you’re a new blogger or an experienced one, the A-List Blogger Club has something for you.

I first learned about the club and became a member after joining the first A-List Blogging Bootcamp offered by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Mary Jaksch of Write to Done.

Read more about my personal experience with past A-List bootcamps and as a member of the blogger club.

A-List Blogging Club