Two years ago I decided to get serious about writing. I had so many questions and I didn’t know who to ask or where to turn to. I scoured the web to find resources and articles to help me. I joined Facebook groups, went to writing conferences, and tried Tweeting for advice. I’ve met so many wonderful people during the process and some great nuggets of helpful information.
This list is my go-to for advice. I can literally find anything I need on any of these sites. It’s awesome. I hope this list will help those of you who are reading this post. Please share. Note: This list is in no particular order as they are all amazing!
Helping Writers Become Authors– K.M. Weiland is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the portal fantasy Dreamlander.
She has been mentoring authors for a long time on her website, vlogs, and writing how-to books. One of the posts I like on her site is The Secret to Show, Don’t Tell. You can find K.M. Weiland on her Website, on Facebook and Twitter, and her YouTube Channel.
The Write Life has been helping writers create, connect, and earn. The site was started by various contributors. Their mission is for you to have fun and be successful. There are many blogs out there that only provide information about freelance writing or just self-publishing tips. The Write Life is a one stop shop and provides everything about writing and helps you to learn and grow as a writer and make money doing it.
Are you looking to share and contribute to the community of writers? Check their website for contributor guidelines. There are several posts of theirs that I love and I just can’t decide on one. So… here is a list for you. 1) 19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays 2) The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents and 3) How to Write for the Huffington Post and Earn Money for Your Work. You can find The Write Life online at their Website, on Facebook and Twitter.
Writer Unboxed was started by aspiring novelists Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton in January, 2006. They started out by analyzing movies and books and what made them great or terrible. They’re thrilled the site now includes contributors from all walks–from the not-yet-published to bestselling authors and industry leaders–and that it’s grown into such a rich community for writers. I go here often and find such rich advice. In 2014, Writer Unboxed hosted their first ever live writing conference. You can find recaps from the sessions on their website.
Some of my favorite articles are 1) How to Work Smoothly With a Graphic Artist 2) How to Work Smoothly With a Graphic Artist, Part Two and 3) How to Avoid Cover Design Pitfalls for Indie Publishers. You can find Writer Unboxed online at their Website, on Facebook and Twitter.
Live Write Thrive– C.S. Lakin is a novelist, a copyeditor, a writing coach, a mom, a backpacker, and a whole bunch of other things. She loves to help writers with their novels. On top of providing this website with writing tips, etc. she also provides editing services for manuscripts. When I started my blog a few years ago, she was one of the first resources I stumbled upon via Twitter. I loved that she mapped out her whole year for her blog in advance and then spent the last few months of each year getting them done. I was looking for strategies to help myself get organized.
One of my favorite posts is How to be a First-Time Novelist (without Going Insane). There is so much content on her site that you must discover it for yourself. She has written several how-to books for writers. You can find C.S. on her Website, on Facebook and Twitter.
Insecure Writer’s Support Group– Alex J. Cavanaugh is the Ninja Captain and the founder of this awesome website. He is an experienced graphic designer and technical editor. The site has several contributors who write on just about every topic to do with writing and publishing. The website was started as a support group for writers. The first Wednesday of each month is officially the Insecure Writers Support Group day. You post thoughts on your blog about your doubts or fears having to do with writing or something you’ve learned that the community can benefit from. I’ve participated in the past and I am excited to start back up again. There is a huge list of blogs that participate and you pick at least 10 each month to go to and comment on their blogs. It’s great for networking.
Every April Alex heads an A-Z Blogging Challenge. Each day you post something with the next letter of the alphabet so you end up posting every day. I took this challenge in 2013 and it was hard but rewarding. You can find the Insecure Writer’s Support Group on their Website, and on Facebook. Their Twitter hashtag is #ISWG.
Writers Helping Writers (Formerly The Bookshelf Muse)– Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman started this amazing writing resource as The Bookshelf Muse a few years ago. In 2014 their site moved and was renamed Writers Helping Writers. Their mission is simple: offer help and support as much as they can.
Together Becca and Angela have written amazing resources for writers. Some of which are being used in English classes all over the world. I own two of them. They are The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive Trait Thesaurus, and The Negative Trait Thesaurus. You can also get a companion to The Emotion Thesaurus called Emotion Amplifiers for free online. You can find Becca and Angela on their Website, on Facebook and Twitter.
The Creative Penn– Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers on the edge, as well as non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. (Text taken from her About Us page.)
Her website, The Creative Penn, is simply amazing. She records a regular podcast that you can find on her YouTube channel below. One of my favorite posts from her site is Book Marketing: Creating Your Author Press Kit. Joanna has a great story. Check out her site for more information. I have not read any of her fiction books yet but I do have an eBook I hope to start soon. You can find Joanna online at her Website, on Facebook and Twitter, and her YouTube Channel.
Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel (October 2013), Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (Dial, May 2011), Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe (Dial, April 2012) and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (Dial, February 2013). He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and is now the Senior Director of Product Development at Freelancers Union. (Text taken from his About Me page.)
Being a published author and a former literary agent, Nathan has some great advice. I have gone to his site often. One of my favorite posts on his site is How to Maximize Pitch Sessions. You can find Nathan online at his Website, on Facebook and Twitter.
Writing Excuses was created nine years ago by authors Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Taylor. Each author is very talented in their own genre of writing. From their experiences in the writing industry comes the Writing Excuses podcast seasons. You can find them on iTunes as well as Audible.com. I don’t have a favorite as I have just started to listen to season one. Everyne I meet tells me about them and how informative and helpful they are.
They also host a writing conference. Registration is now open for the 2015 Out of Excuses Writing Workshop and Retreat. They sell out fast so hurry and sign up. This year they are going on a week-long cruise. You can find Writing Excuses online at their Website, on Facebook, and Writing Seasons 1-9 podcasts.
David Farland’s Writing Tips– David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who has penned nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Along the way, he has also worked as the head judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, as a creative writing instructor, as a videogame designer, as a screenwriter, and as a movie producer. (Text taken from his About page.) David Farland is a legend in the world of writing. He does so much to teach others and give back. He attends many writing conferences throughout the year, as well as hosts a week-long death camp for writers in Utah.
A few years ago he started writing these daily writing tips. I subscribed and received one each day via email. You can still subscribe to those emails or find them on his website. With all of David’s work on the daily writing tips, he also put them together into several books. One of which is Daily Meditations: Writer Tips for 100 Days. Here are a few of the writing tips that I loved: 1) The Value of Cover Quotes 2) Three Questions Your Editor Must Ask and 3) Writing Warm and Fuzzy. You can find David online at his Website, on Facebook and Twitter.
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