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Let’s Celebrate: One Stop for Writers is Now One Year Old!

Saturday, October 8, 2016 3:23
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You guys can’t tell through the screen, but Becca, Lee, and I are grinning like crazy today. A year ago, we cut the ribbon and flung open the doors to One Stop For Writers, a site that took a ton of long hours, many lines of code (thank you Lee!), and  lots of love to create.

one-year-at-one-stop-for-writersSome of you know what One Stop For Writers is. You may have visited and registered, taking the free side of our site for a spin. Maybe you even went all-in and subscribed.

Or perhaps you’ve just heard the name and wondered what those girls who wrote The Emotion Thesaurus and that guy who created Scrivener for Windows were up to.

(The answer, BTW? Making writing easier than ever.)  🙂

When we started One Stop, we had BIG IDEAS. We imagined a grand library, a beautiful writing home where people could come, quickly find the help they needed, and then boom, get right back to writing their novels. We’ve spent thousands of hours working toward this goal.

A year ago, we started with 11 Descriptive Thesaurus Collections:

  1. The Color And Pattern Thesaurus
  2. The Emotion Thesaurus
  3. The Emotion Amplifier Thesaurus
  4. The Negative Trait Thesaurus
  5. The Physical Feature Thesaurus
  6. The Positive Trait Thesaurus
  7. The Setting Thesaurus
  8. The Shape Thesaurus
  9. The Symbolism And Motif Thesaurus
  10. The Texture Thesaurus
  11. The Weather And Earthly Phenomenon Thesaurus

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As well as worksheets and templates, tutorials, and a one-of-a-kind Idea Generator. It was a good start.

Since then, we’ve jumped into the sandbox with both feet. Story Maps leads writers step-by-step through character arc and story structure so planning a well-crafted novel is unbelievably easy.

(You just can’t go wrong when you start with Michael Hauge’s amazing 6-Stage Plot Structure.)

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We also added two Scene Map tools, so all levels of writers to plan stronger scenes that accomplish exactly what they need to within the story.

Don’t worry Pantsers…we thought about you, too.

Timelines will allow you to plan as much or as little of your story as they wish.

Even better, timelines can be used for so much more than times, dates, and events.

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Maybe you want to keep track of your character’s progress as he journeys, naming each town he visits and what happens there. Or maybe you need to plot out chronological world building events, like battles during a war or specific holidays and rituals that come into play in your story. Or perhaps you want to capture the order of clues your police detective hero discovers during the course of a murder mystery.

Basically, whatever you want to track? You can. And if you want to rearrange the order? No problem! Just drag the timeline boxes onto a new order. (Fan Girl Moment: I think Lee’s a total genius to have created this functionality.)

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We’ve also created new templates and worksheets, and added new thesaurus entries (there are now 98 Emotion Thesaurus entries  and a whopping 236 included in our Setting Thesaurus.

We’ve also uploaded a master list of One Stop Lessons on descriptive techniques and devices.

Oh, and we added a new thesaurus, too: Talents and Skills.

We’ve improved site functionality as well, like giving users the ability to organize all their maps, timelines, bookmarks, worksheets, and notes by project in their own private workspace within the library.

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(still in development–click to enlarge–and don’t tell Becca and Lee I grabbed this screenshot, deal?)

More is coming…

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is being added as I type.

A World Building Tool is in development.

And on deck?

A Wordsmithing Tool that will make any writer’s heart palpitate.

Now, can I tell you a secret? Get a bit gushy, just this once?

*deep breath*

I’m proud. I’m proud of what Becca, Lee, and I have built.  🙂

This site was a leap of faith for us. We wanted to create something that didn’t exist, but we felt was needed: a one-stop destination where writers could grow their craft and find resources and tools that not only made writing easier, it would turn them into more efficient writers.

And now, more stories are being written. More books are ending up in the hands of readers. What could be better than that?

Help Us Celebrate!

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We want to send a big thank you out to everyone who has checked out One Stop, cheered us on, and believed in what we’re trying to do. You guys are the very best. We’re giving away some One Stop subscriptions to celebrate!

Click here to enter to win one of SIX 1-year One Stop For Writers subscriptions

One entry per person, please. Contest closes Tuesday, October 11th, Midnight EST. As with all of our giveaways, this is free to enter. There are no hoops to jump through, no conditions to enter as long as you are 18 and eligible to enter.

But if you wanted to…you could always share this post.  We would sort of love that. 🙂

So, have you used One Stop For Writers?  If so, please, tell us how we’re doing. Or hey, blog about it if you like! Either way, we’d love to hear from you, and how your writing journey is going.

To stay up to date on what we’re doing at One Stop for Writers, sign up for our occasional newsletter. But fair warning–we don’t believe in spam, just information and news.

You guys are terrific–here’s to many new words on the page, for all of us. 🙂

Angela (and her two better halves, Becca & Lee)

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