Writing resources

By the time you’re Googling for writing resources, what you’re probably in need of is a pep talk. Thus, I give you advice on writing, from writers. A compendium of awesome: Anaïs Nin, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, John Steinbeck, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman. All of the great stuff. You’re welcome.

Then there are these 40 things about writing by Paul Cornell.

If it’s plotting you’re struggling with, I recommend Blake Snyder’s screenwriting ‘beat sheet’ (downloadable here).

You can also read this post on writing for young adults which I wrote up after attending a masterclass given by the interminably awesome Sally Partridge, Sarah Lotz, and Cat Hellison. It covers the basics of plot, dialogue, pace, setting, and point of view.

And then the various 25 Things lists of Chuck Wendig: 25 ways to plot, plan, and prep your story25 questions to ask as you write25 things writers should know about theme; importantly- The secret menu of writing advice; and especially for Nanowrimo’s: 25 things you should know about Nanowrimo. I don’t know if you can tell, but I basically find everything on this blog interesting/useful. Just read the whole thing.

Devil in the Details: On selecting descriptive details, creating contrast and depth of character.

Night of the Living Syntax: On voluntary vs. involuntary actions, and how to account for them in a way that packs a punch.

Grammar Girl: If it’s nuts and bolts work that needs doing, you’ll find some quick and dirty tips for better writing here.


Illustration by Victor Kerlow.

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