If there’s one thing I love more than writing, it’s learning about writing so I can feel more productive. Here’s a list of some of my favorite resources to save you a bit of the muddling through (I write science fiction and fantasy, so these resources tend to be geared towards those, although obviously, they aren’t genre specific)
Terrible Minds (NSFW)
Chuck Wendig has some of the best writing advice and is absolutely hilarious. If you’re okay with a lot of swearing and innuendo, definitely go read his blog. I recommend these articles to start with
Do not be fooled by the title. This website is AMAZING at delivering all kinds of content for all levels of writers. Stephanie and Jill, the writers who run the website, are super nice and especially if you ARE a young writer, it makes things much more manageable. They’re one of the reasons I didn’t just totally give up.
I LOVE this site. It has everything from worksheets, to guides, other references, and of course, lots of articles about writing! This one is geared towards writing strong female characters but it has such wonderful advice I always have to recommend it.
This podcast won the Hugo award and is run by bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal (plus various guests they have on a lot of episodes). They’re 15-20 minutes each You can listen to the whole thing for free on the linked website and there are 13 seasons of 52+ episodes each and shows no signs of stopping. They have podcasts on pretty much any topic you could ever want and season ten is a full masterclass on how to write a novel (Brandon teaches at one of my local universities).
Some Really Good Episodes
The Rough Writer’s Podcast (NSFW-ish)
Drinking+talking about writing. What more can I say? This podcast is very laid back and not as clear-cut as Writing Excuses but it’s fun to listen to, especially as the hosts do more and more shots of tequila. They talk a lot about horror and other genre-fiction so I definitely recommend this one if that’s what you’re into.
If you’re a little more hardcore and want to spend actual money on resources these are the ones you should go pick up immediately.
Not only is Donald a super cool dude who owns a literary agency, these books will completely revamp your novel. Writing The Breakout Novel is a workbook that goes through a ton of writing exercises for character and plot development, while The Breakout Novelist is more of a “here’s all of my information”. Either way, they’re both fantastic and I highly recommend them.
Go! Teen Writers (The book) by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson
This book is invaluable for learning about editing and publishing. I have the kindle version so I can just boot it up on my phone whenever I need it. This really is my go-to guide for developing the plot and working out the kinks in your editing process so if you’ve just finished a rough draft and need ways to get inspired to edit, this book is absolutely for you.
The 3am Epiphany by Brian Kitely
I’m not going to lie, I bought this book because it had a pretty cover. It’s just so pretty ;_;. (You can’t see it on the Amazon link, but the cover text is in silver foil and it’s a rich navy blue ahhhh) However, it’s also filled with some of the most fun writing prompts and exercises that stretch your brain a little. The advice in the book isn’t like, the MOST BEST THING but if you’re like me and love prompts to help develop your story, here.
The Dunlith Hill Writer’s Guide by Deren Hansen
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend this book. If you’re looking into Self Pubbing, pick up this book. Just do it. You’ll love yourself so much. Deren is a quiet dude who is very straightforward, and I learned so much about the publishing industry (traditional as well as self-publishing) from this book, and this handles a lot of the business side of things. It can be a struggle to learn about the industry and the business side of writing since no one wants to talk about it but this book really covers things and will give you confidence as you push forward to publishing.
So that’s it! Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of everything I’ve ever read, these are just the ones that I really love and frequently return to as I write. If you have any suggestions for resources drop me a comment or an ask! I’d love to check them out.
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