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Writer’s Resources

This is not an exhaustive list of writer’s resources by any means. The resources for writers are thankfully many. I will be updating this list as I find resources to share. In the meantime, I have compiled the best of the best as I see it.

These are sites, articles and resources I have used or visited. They are divided by topic and use. If I missed something, please add it in the comments section.

WRITING RESOURCES

Specific Articles & Videos:

Neil Gaiman: Where Do You Get Your Ideas
This is the best answer I have ever read/heard to this question.
http://ow.ly/M20v1

Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art Commencement Speech
http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address-2012
This video is inspiring for any artist. It is Neil Gaiman at his best.

J.K. Rowlings: The Fringe Benefits of Failure
http://www.ted.com/talks/jk_rowling_the_fringe_benefits_of_failure
This video shows Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech where she talks about the virtue of failure.

Jeff Goins: The Difference Between Good Writers & Bad Writers
http://goinswriter.com/the-difference-between-good-writers-and-bad-writers/

Writing Tips from Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell
http://www.openculture.com/2012/01/writing_rules.html

Blogs:

Terrible Minds by Chuck Wendig
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/
This is my favorite writing blog. It is irreverent and contains colorful (read: profane) language, but the advice is on spot and hilarious. Chuck also has a series of great writing books published. I suggest starting with The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience to start.


Red Pen of Doom by Guy Bergstrom
http://redpenofdoom.com/
This is a more serious blog about writing. Guy uses film and other mediums to discuss storytelling and writing.

Janet Reid, Literary Agent
http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/
Janet answers readers questions about agents and queries. She is succinct and offers great advice—a great asset to writers who are pitching their work.

Write Better from LousyWriter.com
write-better.blogspot.com
This blog covers the basics of good writing—grammar, style and clarity. Unlike some of the other blogs listed here, it also covers nonfiction and business writing. It’s worth checking out if you want to be a better writer.

Emerging Writers
www.emergingwriters.us
This is the writing blog of Nanci Panuccio. She delves into various aspects of writing with her blogs, such as http://emergingwriters.us/subtext-in-dialogue/ and http://emergingwriters.us/going-from-stupid-to-cool/.

Jeff Goins
www.goinswriter.com
Jeff’s blog covers all aspects of writing and publishing. It is a good resource and worth spending some time hitting current and past posts.

Nathan Bransford
blog.nathanbransford.com
This site offers links to a variety of writing, grammar and publishing posts easily found in the left sidebar.

Podcasts:

Rough Draft by Demian Farnsworth (Rainmaker.FM)
Four minutes on various aspects of copywriting four times per week. This is a free podcast available through iTunes.

Selected Shorts by Symphony Space
Fantastic short stories read by actors. If you love stories, this is the podcast for you. I highly recommend it. You can subscribe for free and purchase older recordings on the Symphony Space web site. If you are ever in New York City, check their calendar of events. You might be able to catch a live session.

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips
Listen to short (ten to 15 minutes average) lessons on one aspect of grammar. The topics range from traditional (subject-verb agreement) to quirky (Yoda grammar). It’s a fun way to brush up on grammar.

Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, & Dan Wells
This is a class format on writing with new lessons building on old. There are many episodes available on iTunes.

Web Sites:

Writer’s Digest
http://www.writersdigest.com
Writer’s Digest is a good place to begin. It has a large number of articles, webinars and tutorials, not to mention a ton of writing books for sale. Some of the resources are free, others are not.

Poets & Writers
www.pw.org
This site lists a wide range of outlets to submit your writing. It also sports articles, tips and general information for the writer, poets and not.

The Writer Magazine
www.writermag.com
This magazine site posts its articles and hosts a resource center for writers with valuable tips and links.

Advice to Writers
www.advicetowriters.com
This site boasts quotes to inspire, rules and commandments about writing from successful authors, and articles from a similarly accomplished group of writers. This site contains a wealth of information for any writer, especially the newbie.

Daily Writing Tips
http://www.dailywritingtips.com
Articles about writing and grammar. Easy to read blogs. Great tips. What more do you need?

The Creative Penn
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/writing/
The main site for Joanna Penn. She also has a wonderful YouTube channel with author interviews about the writing life and craft, not to mention a podcast worth checking out. This is the link to her writing resources page on her web site, which is a great place to get started.

Better Novel Project
www.betternovelproject.com
This web site breaks storylines down to charts and note cards. It analyzes what works and discusses why. It’s a fun site to wander about.

Copyblogger
http://www.copyblogger.com/copywriting-101/
Copyblogger has many articles on writing better copy. Other sections of the web site have links for improving SEO. If you blog or want to, this is the site to visit. 

AllTop
AllTop.com
Do you read several blogs? Do you have trouble keeping up with your news feeds and blogs? Then check out AllTop. It allows you to create your own feed of blogs. This site aggregates the most recent postings on one page for easy viewing. You can create your custom feed by key word or specific blog or publication. The service is free, but requires registration. 

Grammar Talk:

GrammarBlog: Mocking Poor Grammar since 2007
http://www.grammarblog.co.uk
This site finds bad signs and other examples of poor writing to illustrate the need for good grammar. It’s a fun way for grammar snobs to get a quick laugh.

Grammar Girl
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
This site has quick articles on all things grammar. You can find explanations for all your grammatical conundrums. You can also follow Mignon Fogarty on Twitter @grammargirl.

The Elements of Style
The complete text of this classic writing tome is available on the web for free at http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html.

Creativity:

Brain Pickings
www.brainpickings.org
There is no better site or twitter feed when it comes to creativity than Brain Pickings. The posts bursting with inspiration and ideas. I highly recommend following Maria Popova on Twitter @brainpicker.

Open Culture
www.openculture.com
Open Culture has links to free books, art and so much more. It is a great site to indulge your artistic side. Look for the links to famous author’s writing tips found by scrolling down. They are on the right.

Copyright & Legal Information:

United States Copyright Office
http://www.copyright.gov
This is the best place for information about copyrights and fair use. The site offers full legal briefs, summaries, breakdowns for lay people, and ways to search for specific issues. If you can’t find it here, you need a lawyer.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Guide for Bloggers
https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal
This site breaks down copyright law for bloggers. It is a must read if you publish to the web.

Book Talk:

Goodreads
www.goodreads.com
This online forum allows readers to log their books, post reviews and join virtual book clubs. It is a reader’s dream. Authors can host author pages too complete with blog posts and other news.

Publishers Weekly
www.publishersweekly.com
This is the site for the latest on publishing news and book reviews. You can view some stories online, but the subscription service offers far more, although it is not cheap.

Writer-Related Programs & Apps
There are many products available to assist writers. The problem is that not every writer is the same. What works for you. might not work for me. I find that I prefer a pen and paper for many aspects of the job. An electronic app slows me down. As such, I am not the best person to suggest tools. I will list the ones I use, for what it’s worth:

Scrivener
https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php
Scrivener is flexible storytelling software. I love that I can write in scenes, move those scenes around and link my research to the same file. There is a rather large learning curve to Scrivener, but once you get going, it is a great software. I use it for fiction and larger scale nonfiction projects. 

Final Draft
https://www.finaldraft.com
This is the program I use to write scripts. It has over 100 templates for different types of scripts, screenplays and plays, which gives me flexibility. It works on both Mac and PCs. 

Notetaker
http://www.aquaminds.com
I love Notetaker for research. Each project is kept in a binder that can have multiple tabs. I use it to organize my research and notes. I have also been known to use it for interview notes and transcripts. It is the electronic version of my real-life binder. 

Day One
http://dayoneapp.com
This is a simple, but effective computer journal for Mac. I am not a consistent journal writer, but I do like the ease of opening Day One and typing when I feel the need. 

Things
https://culturedcode.com/things/
This was a great app for me in the beginning, until I realized I could ignore it as easily as any other To-Do list application. I don’t use it much anymore, but I do like how it functions. I simply do better on paper and with iCal reminders with alarms–lots of alarms. It is for the Mac and can be purchased in the app store.

WordPress
https://wordpress.com
This is how I post my blogs. I purchased a custom template from Theme Foundry and arranged hosting from HostGator. I like how easy WordPress was to learn and use. I have not tried other programs though, so I have no idea how it compares. There are two sites–the .com and a .org. They are different, so be sure to check both of them. The .com has themes for purchase. It also boasts a nice blog about blogging.

Writer’s Digest VIP Membership
www.writersdigest.com
Buying into the VIP program gives me access to the Writer’s Market for one year, a member-only area for community (which I rarely use, to be honest) and helpful writing resources. Writer’s Market is an invaluable resource for any writer, whether or not you become a VIP member. This isn’t an app, but it is a specialized database. 

Typical Twitter Hashtags for Writers:

Writing:
#Writing
#WriteTip
#WritingTips
#WritingAdvice
#AmWriting
#AmEditing
#Editing
#WritersLife
#WroteToday

Publishing:
#MSWL (manuscript wish list from editors and agents)
#AskAgent
#AskAuthor
#GetPublished
#Publishing

Books:
#Books
#GreatReads
#MustRead
#Storytelling
#WhatToRead


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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi there would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using?
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    Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price?
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    February 3, 2016
    • I use hostgator. I like it. Easy to use and quick to load. What more do you need?

      March 4, 2016

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