Python Libraries, Tools + Resources for Creative and Academic Writers

Today I scoured the internet for tools written in Python that assist writing in any form. After some relentless Google and Github searching, here are my favorites. I found tools to help write modular stories and novels, screenwriting with Trelby and several libraries for academic papers. I haven’t tried all of these… yet!

Storywriting

  • manuskript: A open-source tool for writers
  • writerblocks: A toolkit for writing stories in a modular way
  • NovelWriter: novelWriter is an open source plain text editor designed for writing novels.
  • Trelby: The free, multiplatform, feature-rich screenwriting program!
  • Readeractive: Tool for writing and generating interactive books, also known as gamebooks.
  • PAWS: Python Adventure Writing System

Miscellaneous Writing, Text Cleaning and Proofreading Resources

  • Language Tool API: Open Source proofreading software for English, French, German, Polish, Russian, and more than 20 other languages. It finds many errors that a simple spell checker cannot detect. (Github)
  • clean-text: Python package for text cleaning
  • normality: A tiny library for Python text normalisation. Useful for ad-hoc text processing.
  • textstat: Python package to calculate readability statistics of a text object – paragraphs, sentences, articles.
  • textblob: Simple, Pythonic, text processing–Sentiment analysis, part-of-speech tagging, noun phrase extraction, translation, spelling correction and more.
  • Sumy: Module for automatic summarization of text documents and HTML pages.
  • Mackerel: Mackerel provides an automated, easy to use alternative for company or school writing tasks. Simply provide the topic and/or files and we will do the rest.
  • Verb Miner: This tool can help you analyze a document and discover cool verbs from pdf papers.
  • paper-translater: Chinese and English essay translator, paper translator, clipboard listener
  • There are many text editor options like Sublime or Atom with useful plug-ins for text documents or code.
  • Free Google Technical Writing Courses
  • PythonWriters Wiki

Academic Writing

  • Tips and Tricks for Writing Scientific Papers: Practice and tips & tricks to write scientific papers in LaTeX, with figures generated in Python or Matlab.
  • library: A collection of essays and timeless papers
  • 2021 Papers with Code
  • PyLaTeX: A Python library for creating LaTeX files
  • Begin LaTeX in minutes: Brief Intro to LaTeX for beginners that helps you use LaTeX with ease.
  • Texbib: A program that helps you to manage your BibTeX references.
  • BibLatex-Check: A python script for checking BibLatex .bib files for common referencing mistakes!
  • paperpy: Tools for simplifying the preparation of version-controlled and well-written academic papers.
  • Academic Writing Check: Check for passive words, weasel words, duplicate words, typographical errors and words strunk & white don’t like. (Written in Perl.)
  • Anatomy of Matplotlib: Tutorial developed for the SciPy conference
  • SciPy: (pronounced “Sigh Pie”) is a Python-based ecosystem of open-source software for mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • NumPy: A fundamental package for scientific computing with Python
  • pandas: A fast, powerful, flexible and easy to use open source data analysis and manipulation tool, built on top of the Python programming language.
  • A writing tip I learned at Oxford: TLDR read your writing out loud to proof it.

In Math, Computer Science, Physics, or any field where your typical paper has even a modest amount of mathematical notation the percentage of papers written using LaTeX (or even plain TeX!) is probably about 90%+.

Adam Russell, PhD Data Visualization, Computational Geometry

BibTeX is reference management software for formatting lists of references. The BibTeX tool is typically used together with the LaTeX document preparation system.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BibTeX