If you’ve been following my newsletter (and if you haven’t, why not? Click here to sign up.) or my Facebook group (click here), you’ll know I often refer to articles, websites, podcasts, and anything else I can that teaches about good writing technique. Some things I share also help with book cover design, formatting advice, or marketing tips. In the interest of sharing this information in as many places as possible, I thought a nice list on my blog would also be beneficial to all those writers out there. So here you go!
- The best tools help so start by learning some new and exciting words to help make your manuscript more dynamic. Merriam-Webster’s website lets you look up words and their meanings and even gives you new words to learn every day. Plus, you can check out their thesaurus and play a few word games.
- Next, you’ll want to learn some style rules. Most fiction publishers follow the Chicago Manual of Style. The website can be tricky to navigate if you don’t know what to look for and all the professional stuff requires a subscription. But you can still find some Q&A, take a few quizzes to hone your skills, watch a few video tutorials, and teachers and students can access awesome resources. Just go to the home page and start looking around!
- Steve Laube’s website is one of the premier places to find writing advice. Everything from writing a great cover letter to finding an agent and writing your proposal. This website is a great place to start.
- Learn the art of storytelling by checking out The Storyteller’s Mission. If you follow me on social media at all, you know I’ve been touting the goodness of the Storyteller Mission’s podcast. It’s full of good stuff (and I’m not just saying that because I know Zena!).
- Jane Friedman offers a lot of resources on her website. You will also want to follow Jane on her social media and read her blog – she ALWAYS gives stellar advice.
- Edie Melson’s The Write Conversation offers daily blog posts about a variety of writing tips. It’s easy to sign up for the daily posts. Some may find the daily emails annoying, but I check out the title first and, if it’s intriguing, I skim the post to see if it offers advice pertinent to what I need. If not, simply move on. FYI this is a Christian-based website.
- Funds for Writers also offers a weekly email that provides writing and marketing tips as well as places to submit your work or fun contests to try. Their website holds a wealth of information as well.
- Mixtus Media is a great resource for a lot of writing help, but here is a great starting article for what not to do on social media.
- I thought this article offered some great advice about evaluating small publishers.
- Worried about copyrights and trademarks? Check out this article that breaks it all down into manageable chunks.
That should give you some light reading to do for a while. Is there a website, podcast, or article you found helpful with regards to your writing endeavors? Please feel free to leave a comment below so we can all share as many resources as possible!