Hello, writers! We hope National Novel Writing Month has been treating you well. We’re here with an amazing list of resources and recommendations from none other than the folks on a variety of teams here at Kobo and Kobo Writing Life. If you are looking to broaden your horizons when it comes to writing software and books on writing, you’ve come to the right blog post.


A note: all of these recommendations are based on the personal use of our team members and are not sponsored by the creators, owners and/or distributors of the following software. We hope you’ll take a look at the many amazing options that are out there for writers, and as always, feel free to recommend some of your own!

  • OhWrite – OhWrite is not so much a writing tool as it is an incentive to write. With OhWrite, you can create a room where you and other writers can participate in a writing sprint and keep track of everyone’s word count live! Every 100 words, you earn a star, which is a great little psychological push to write more.

    The Kobo and KWL teams have been using OhWrite during our weekly write-ins, and it’s been so much fun to see the competitive spirit of everyone come to the forefront.
  • Plottr – Plottr is a great option for all you planners out there! With options to create a story bible, visualize plot points, and more, any and everyone who loves extensive planning will appreciate this program.
  • Scrivener – Scrivener is a great recommendation and offers a robust writing and drafting experience with its ability to work across devices. It has something for every kind of writer out there, from novelist to screenwriter and beyond.
  • Notion – Notion is a workspace and workplace organizer, but it’s another great option for organizing your novel ahead of time! Get to planning with its minimalist and straightforward UI and use it for a multitude of projects at once, or simply create a bunch of plans for one!
  • Google Docs – a classic! Google Docs is the oft forgotten but always effective word processor that can truly go with you anywhere. Don’t forget to take advantage of all it has to offer.


The following are books on writing, also as recommended by members of the Kobo and KWL teams! Take a look at what great advice, new and old, comes from texts such as these and see if you can find something that resonates with or helps you.


Lastly, don’t forget to check out any of the dozens upon dozens of podcasts that offer lots of writing advice, tips and tricks, and encouragement. Here are our picks!

Do you have any go-to writing tools, books, podcasts, or even just words of advice? Feel free to share below, and as always, happy writing!

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