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Some Writing Resources and Recommendations
Written by Daniel Herber on March 14, 2018.
### Pre-Writing Activities
- [Mind Maps](https://www.mindmeister.com). A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. An alternative organization method to creating an outline.
- An alternative is [bubbl.us](https://bubbl.us).
- Consider creating modular $\LaTeX$ projects (this is useful especially helpful when writing a thesis or dissertation).
- Please see the following two links for my information: [Multi-file_LaTeX_projects](https://www.sharelatex.com/learn/Multi-file_LaTeX_projects) and [Modular_Documents](https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Modular_Documents).
- The organization scheme I used for my dissertation is available at [[link]](https://github.com/danielrherber/phd-dissertation-daniel-r-herber).
- My post [LATEX Resources](http://www.danielherber.com/latex.php?option=post_3) includes information on learning $\LaTeX$ as well as some helpful online tools and software. Another post provides a list of my commonly used [$\LaTeX$ Packages and Commands](http://www.danielherber.com/latex.php?option=post_2).
### Writing Resources
- [Grammarly](https://app.grammarly.com/apps). As you type, Grammarly checks your text for hundreds of common and advanced writing issues. The checks include common grammatical errors, such as subject-verb agreement, article use, and modifier placement, in addition to contextual spelling mistakes, phonetic spelling mistakes, and irregular verb conjugations [[link]](https://support.grammarly.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000090792-What-is-Grammarly-).
- [Thesaurus](http://www.thesaurus.com). A resource that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts. Frequently I have an initial phrasing for an idea, but some of the words don't seem appropriate. Therefore, I use this resource to help me find the correct word for the context and generate additional ideas.
- There are many alternative online thesauruses such as [Merriam Webster](https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus).
- [Dictionary](http://www.dictionary.com/). I primarily use this resource to ensure that I am using a word correctly.
- There are many alternative online dictionaries such as [Merriam Webster](https://www.merriam-webster.com).
- [Transition Words](http://www.smart-words.org/linking-words/transition-words.html). As a "part of speech" transition words are used to link words, phrases or sentences. They help the reader to progress from one idea (expressed by the author) to the next idea. Thus, they help to build up coherent relationships within the text.
- [Daily Writing Tips](https://www.dailywritingtips.com). This website publishes articles with topics ranging from grammar to punctuation, from spelling to usage and vocabulary.
- [List of Mathematical Symbols](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mathematical_symbols). I use this large list of symbols to ensure that I am correctly using mathematical notation as well as proper terminology.
### Post-Writing Resources
- Optimize the size of your PDF files. I typically try a couple of tools and see which one produces the smallest output.
- Convert to .tiff from other file types. TIFF is a commonly required raster graphics file format for paper submissions.
- [PDF to TIFF](https://cloudconvert.com/pdf-to-tiff)
- [EPS to TIFF](https://cloudconvert.com/eps-to-tiff)
- If you are using MATLAB to create your figures, you can directly export into .tiff with ```export_fig``` [[link]](https://github.com/altmany/export_fig)
- Word counts from $\LaTeX$ projects.
- The command line program [detex](https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=detex) is a filter to strip TeX commands from a .tex file. Then a word count can be generated from the remaining list of words. This program is featured in [Word Clouds from LaTeX Documents](http://www.danielherber.com/python.php?option=post_1).
- The Sublime Text 3 package [SublimeLaTeXWordCount](https://github.com/kevinstadler/SublimeLaTeXWordCount) supports reliable word counts for files with LaTeX markup. This package is featured in [Setup for LaTeX and Sublime Text 3](http://www.danielherber.com/guides.php?option=latex-st3).