Hello friends! Here are all of the websites, books, blogs, and resources that I’ve found helpful in my writing journey. Feel free to click the links and check them out!
- NaNoWriMo – Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers gather virtually to write a novel in a month. There are also events in April and May each year, known as Camp NaNoWriMo.
- Critique Circle – An online critique group, where you learn by giving and receiving feedback based on a weekly submission queue. I grew a lot as a writer here.
- @InspiredToWrite on Instagram – a beautiful Instagramer and Writer, who shares what it’s actually like to live as a creative person.
Books on Writing/ Editing:
- Self Editing for Fiction Writers – Taught me [almost] everything I know about good writing. Funny and lighthearted and jam-packed full of good stuff.
- Goal, Motivation, and Conflict – I haven’t read it, but it sounds amazing.
- On Writing, by Steven King – Haven’t read this either, but I’ve heard many sources say good things about it.
- The Emotion Thesaurus – a beautiful, easy-to-use resource for all emotion reactions.
- Save the Cat! – a book on screenwriting that I’ve heard applies brilliantly to novel writing.
- The Art of Writing Fiction – this looks like a well-rounded, fascinating read that’s full of wisdom about all things writing.
- A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver – a delightful, easy read giving some great advice and insight for the beginner poet.
Overall Helpful Websites:
- Fun For Writers, by Ally Carter (great place with a ton of info, esp helpful for beginners)
- Helping Writers Become Authors (filled with many great blog posts)
Help for Editing:
- A Hilarious Guide Through the Whole Editing Process (some language in this post)
Beginning Your Story:
- Where to Start Your Novel (where your beginning should be)
- Some more links about beginnings of novels: this one, this one, and this video (video is about common cliches and errors in opening chapters)
Writing Fight Scenes:
- Good Helpful Info About Antagonists
Craft of Writing:
- How and Why to Add Tension to Your Story
- The Basics of Showing vs Telling, explained well & simply
- A Quick Guide to Plotting, straightforward & fun
- Why we do NaNoWriMo and How to Prepare to Write a Novel
- How to Write a Really Awesome (and tear-jerking) Death Scene
For Fantasy/ Historical/ Adventure Writers:
- For anyone writing Sword Fights – Some Necessary Info on Swords
- A Cool Discussion of How to Use Magic in a Fantasy Story
- That chapter that happens in a forest? Read this article before you write it.
- How to describe horses in fiction
Helpful Websites or Programs:
- Coffitivity – This fun website creates a fabulous background chatter similar to being in a coffee shop. Just enough noise to keep your brain going.
- Scrivener – a program to download that helps you organize and edit your MS.
- Write or Die – if you like to be motivated by punishment instead of reward, try this website. It “punishes” you if you don’t write fast enough. Flashing red screen, sirens going off… whatever it takes to get you to type as fast as you can.
Finding Agents or Getting Query Advice:
- AARonline – a beautiful site with an agent index
- AgentQuery – another agent index, though not quite as pretty
- Agent Query Connect – a forum website where you can give and receive query critiques; super helpful and fast turn-around
- KT Literary’s Query Reviews – this agent has people submit queries to her specifically for her to review and critique, and she posts those critiques on her blog. Pretty awesome!
- Query Shark – another online query critique system, although I feel like this one deals more with newbie mistakes than with helping people who have already done their homework.
- Manuscript Wishlist – where agents and editors spell out exactly what they’re looking for in a novel.
- Thrift Books – where you can buy used books for ridiculously low prices
Have a favorite writing website? A blog post that spoke to your heart? Leave it in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list! Also let me know what you think of any of these resources that you’ve used.
Happy writing, people!