The Fifty Writing Tools
series by Dr. Roy Peter Clark, a Vice President and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute, offers some terrific advice for writers. Each tool is presented as a complete article that introduces journalists and writers to new techniques they can use to improve their storytelling skills.
At times, it helps to think of writing as carpentry. That way, writers and editors can work from a plan and use tools stored on their workbench. You can borrow a writing tool at any time. And here's a secret: Unlike hammers, chisels, and rakes, writing tools never have to be returned. They can be cleaned, sharpened, and passed on.
Dr. Roy Peter Clark also a has shorter article called 30 Writing Tools located here