Writing Resources

A repository of articles and resources I’ve collected over the years
(Long page, so keep scrolling)

Critiquing Groups

Professional Support

Writing challenges

Sites supporting writers

Extras

Marketing Books

 

Writing Advice

Self Promotion / Building a Platform

The Professional Author

 

The Craft of Writing

Story Structure

Character Development

Scenes

Short Fiction

Removing Filter Words

 

Worldbuilding

Storytelling

Writers with Writing Advice

Best Opening Lines

Best Practices

Fight Scenes

Names

Romance

 

Templates, References, Guides

Quick References

Templates for Writers

Grammar and Punctuation

Finding Words (beyond dictionaries and Google)

 

Publishing Tools

Idea Generators

Mapping

Sounds/Music for Writing

Visuals

 

Writing With Color
There are colors beyond the rainbow. Here are some sites providing terminology, visual references, and usage.

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.
  Complete list of Crayola Crayon colors.

The Phrontistery’s list of “obscure colour terms.”

 

Writing About the Color of People (and other aspects of humanity)
Selecting words to describe characters, especially as a white author, is a must. Hopefully these will help you grow.

Writing the Other Roundtable: How to Stay in Your lane

Two excellent articles by Mod Colette to get you started:

Writing People of Color (if you happen to be a person of another color)

7 Casually Racist Things That White Authors Do

A discussion of describing the skin tone of people of color (not all of the comments have value, but the discussion offers some insight on what people think)

300 Words to Describe Skin

Sensitivity Readers! What are they good for?

Parallel to this topic:

Articles with visual references of human coloration:

Other aspects of our humanity:

Finding characters

  • Model Management: Too many authors use famous actors to give flesh to their characters. This is a great site for finding people from around the world.

Research for Different Stories

Mysteries

 

History and Interesting Fact(oid)s

Terminology

Language

Maps

Info for Sci Fi Writers

 

Software

Worldbuilding/Mapping

 

Social Headache Remedies

Lists

 

 

This is a living page. If you have any recommendations for additional or better resources, I would appreciate if you share them with me through the contact form below.