Writing Resources

Last updated August 6, 2020

Articles and resources I’ve collected over the years. Sharing does not equal recommendation (checkmarks coming soon, I hope). While I have read most articles, I have not used all the advice or tested all of the tools.

(This is a recent rebuild I’ve somehow managed during our at home sequester with the kids. It has been a chore, and stands as is for a few months until focus provides another opportunity. If you see a way to improve the presentation, please send advice to dweade -at- gmail (dot) com)

Writing in the Time of Coronavirus: Practical Tips


Quick links: General Resources, Production, Building a Platform/Presence, Storycraft, Character Development, Women Characters, Writing about People of Color / Disability and LGBTQ, Color Terminology, Worldbuilding, Cartography, Words Beyond Dictionaries, Grammar, Editing, Other Improvement Methods, Genre Specific Resources, Historical References, Terminologies/References, Fact(oid)s, Visuals


General Resources

Feedback/Critiquing

Inked Voices (Where I hang out)

Critters

10 Questions to Ask Beta-readers

Communities

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Writing.com

WOW! Women on Writing

Workshops

Internet Writing Workshop

Critters Workshop

One Stop for Writers

Other Resource Sites

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab’s resources

Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers (Cat Rambo)

Clarify Editing’s Resources for Writers

Writers Helping Writer’s Help Guide

Links and Resources for Fantasy and SF writers

Best Practices

4 Authors Share Their Best Tips for Writing Fantasy & Science-Fiction

13 Kick-Ass Tips For Writing Fantasy From Professional Fantasy Editors

Gotham Writer’s Workshop: George Orwell’s 6 Rules

Vonnegut’s 8 Tips for a Great Story

Five Things Epic Fantasy Writers Could Learn from Dorothy Dunnett

Susan Sontag on the Four People a Great Writer Must Be

Six Tried and Tested Methods for Writing a Novel

Keeping a Visual Diary

2017 Ultimate Writing Guide

Novel Writing Training Plan by Pro Writing Aid

Getting in the Writing Zone

Thirteen Things (some) Writers Need to Remind Themselves of

How to Use the Writing Skills You Have to Learn the Ones You Don’t

Best Books About Writing Fiction

Moebius Gives 18 Wisdom-Filled Tips to Aspiring Artists

The System I Used to Write 5 Books and Over 1000 Blog Posts

Writing as a Business

Use These Business Tips to Become a Successful Authorpreneur

How to Make a Living Writing Fiction

Six Figure Author Podcast (many topics)

Motivation

10 Authors Share What Inspired Them To Write Their Books

Self Care

Play Around and Have Fun as a Writer

Boosting Creativity – 10 Easy Steps

8 Powerful Evening Habits That Will Prepare You For a Better Tomorrow

Eye Strain and Blue Light reduction

Routine:

This Morning Routine will Save us 20 Hours Every Week

Be More Productive in 7 Days

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

How to Build Systems as a Writer

How to Start a Daily Writing Habit

Writing challenges

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Challenge yourself to write a story in six sentences

Education

Writing Excuses podcast

Brandon Sanderson Lecture Series

Brandon Sanderson Lecture Series Notes

Advice From Writers

Jim Butcher

Holly Lisle

Agents, Editors, Publishers, Markets

Publishing a Book: A Guide to Becoming an Author – a nice overview of the process and options

Writer Beware – Warnings for writers

Ralan.com: Market overviews

Critters Blackhole benchmarks: Average wait time from publishers

The Grinder: Submission tracker

The Paid Publishing Guidebook for 2020 – Includes a list of publishers and what they pay.

23 Publishers that Accept Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels

How to Escape the Slush Pile

Finding/Querying

Working together

Advice from Agents

Legalese/Contracts

A Writer’s Guide to Fair Use and Permission + A Sample Permissions Letter

Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself

Getting Started/Idea Generation

Random Logline Generator

Sounds/Music for Writing

Spring Walk nature sounds generator

Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. by Moby (free music)

Research

Getting Access to Paywalled Papers

Quick References

Writer’s Cheat Sheets

Inkilicious Cheat Sheet

Checklists and Tip Sheets


Production


Building a Presence/Platform


Storycraft

Creating a book series “bible” using Scrivener, Scapple, and Aeon Timeline

Specifications

What is the Right Length for My Book?

How Many Words Should an E-book be?

Chapter Length Matters. Here’s why.

Story Structure/Plotting/Outlining

Naming Scenes to Tighten Your Plot

Hero’s Journey 101: Definition and Step-by-Step Guide

The MICE Quotient: How to Structure Your Story

Four Acts, Not Three

My Outlining Process: How I Prepare to Draft My Novels

A Four Act Structure

The Benefits of Story Subplot

The Paradigm Worksheet

Trilogy Building: Star Wars and Halo Plots

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them

20 Master Plot Exercises

Fabula Deck – Card Deck story structure framework

Perspective/Viewpoint

Using Third Person vs First Person Novel Narratives

6 Simple Ways To Handle Viewpoint Changes

How to Write Deep POV

Tension/Conflict/Suspense

Infusing Microtension in Your Novel

41 Ways to Create and Heighten Suspense

Pacing

What is the right pace for your story?

10 Ways to Master Pacing in Writing and Keep Your Readers Riveted

Short Fiction

Self-Editing Checklist for Short Story Writers

A Good Short Story Is “A Pill That Lets Us See the Real”

10 Resources to Help You Write a Great Short Story

Short Story Tips: 10 Hacks to Improve Your Creative Writing

Templates for Writers

The Organized Writer Annie Neugebauer – Novel development and professional templates

Fictionary – Online Story Editing Tool

The Editorium’s Freebies

Extras

Stuck: three narrative mistakes that plunge me into writer’s block

Action Beats: The Author’s Multi-tool

Storytelling

Fairy Tales and the Necessity of Fear

In the shadows of dark forests

What Tolkien Knew About Love

Maps of Hidden Structures of Choose Your Own Adventure Books

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones – sociological vs psychological story styles

How Rowling Revised ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Writing Magical Realism

Dialogue

Dialogue in Fiction

19 Ways to Write Better Dialogue

Show vs Tell

Showing vs. Telling: How Do We Choose?

To Avoid

Avoid Clichés (Like the uh…Plague)

TVtropes – Megalist of tropes used in storytelling

8 Ways to Make Your Story Boring

Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common Mistakes

Beginnings

Best Opening Lines in Young Adult Books

15 of the Best Opening Lines in YA

5 Tips for Your First Chapter from My Favorite Books

10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing

8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One

Settings

How (And Why) To Treat Your Setting Like A Character

How to Ground Your Reader with Story Setting

Wandering in Wonder – On Tolkien’s Joy of Wonder

Scenes

John August’s How to Write a Scene

Jim Butcher on Scenes

Jim Butcher on Sequels

Fight Scenes

Write a Fight Scene: Hero Fends Off an Attack to Protect Friend

How to Fight Write

Storytelling Software/Apps/Services

Scrivener

Aeon Timeline – build story timelines

Milanote: Offers templates for story outlines, novel plans, character profiles, world building, and story mapping

Mind-mapping

Scapple

Mind Meister


Character Development

This first section on character development is broadly focused. For information about women characters, characters of color, with disabilities, and LGBTQ, please visit the following section.



As a white author, I’ve found these resources helpful when developing and writing characters of color.

Writing about People of Color


Writing about Disability and LGBTQ

I have not happened upon many articles on these topics. Please recommend articles to dweade -at- gmail (dot) com. Thanks

Writing About Disability

Disability in Kidlit


Screen grab of the red color card.

Color Thesaurus: Ingrid Sundberg hosts a series of cards filled with a variety of each color (white, beige, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, green, brown, grey and black). A wonderful resource.

Impossible Color

Color Meaning


Worldbuilding


Cartography


Finding Words Beyond Dictionaries


Grammar, Editing, Other Improvement Methods


Genre Specific Resources


Historical References


Terminologies/References


Fact(oid)s


Visuals