Writer Resources

Though I would love to, I don’t have time to read everyone’s dimension-shattering work of brilliance. However, here are some of my favorite resources you might want to check out:

  • Randy Ingermanson’s Advanced Fiction Writing Blog. Sign up for his FREE enewsletter. Do it. Great stuff. And he likes physics and time travel. We should be friends.
  • I will always recommend Susan Dennard’s Resource page. (TONS of stuff from querying to improving creativity to revision processes.) Her FREE newsletter is also worth signing up for. She also loves Dragon Age and The Last Airbender and Gfree cookies. We should also be friends.
  • The Creative Penn has amazing podcasts, blog posts, and more from self pubbing to marketing to the nitty-gritty business side of writing.
  • Take one of Margie Lawson’s Writer’s Academy classes to balance out your characters’ psych side. *Insert neon flashing sign saying SPEND MONEY HERE*
  • Though pricey, Writer’s Digest does offer gems.
  • If Children’s and YA Lit is your thing, check out Mary Kole’s blog. She has everything from recommended books to writing advice to query tips to . . . well . . . everything.
  • Looking for even more YA/MG/PB advice? Check out this Kid Lit website.
  • Agent Kristin Nelson posts her Pub Rants, with all her “do this not that” insights. She’s represents a litany of bestsellers, is smart smart smart, and loves tennis.
  • (Be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter and look at agent’s personal blogs. Many will have contests and post things you can learn from)
  • Literary Rambles regularly hosts agent interviews, blog posts, and fun giveaways. Get to know agents before you query them and find a new great read!
  • If you want to start or need help managing a blog, Mike Wallagher’s website will teach you everything you need to know, including a cheat sheet for different blogging platforms to help you pick which one to go with.
  • How to Start a Blog: http://nowgoblog.com/ great for newbies, especially their Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to WordPress post
  • I really enjoyed Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass. A must read.
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell will help hone your plotting skills.
  • Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins. If you’ve ever wondered how actors do it, this will pull back the curtain.
  • If you’re looking more at the freelance side of writing– check out The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide. It lists organizations, tips, tools, and a couple places to start finding work. (Thanks for this find, Gail!)

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