Resources for Writers

This page will be host to all the useful resources that I find and think ought to be shared with other writers. If you have a resource that you would like to see shared, feel free to contact me so I can add it to the list!

 
 

Craft Books

 

This book contains over 200 writing exercises meant to inspire your creative thinking.

Brian Kiteley

Similar to The 3 A.M. Breakthrough, this book also contains over 200 writing exercises meant to help inspire your creative thinking.

Brian Kiteley

The very first writing book I ever read, How I Write details how Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum series and many other books, goes through her writing, editing, and publishing process as a full-time author.

Janet Evanovich

A guide to revising and editing your manuscript by a professional editor and writing mentor.

Elizabeth Lyon

Renni Brown & Dave King

Another book on editing by professional editors, this guide provides checklists for each aspect of editing, taking you through the same process as experts and shows examples from books Browne and King have edited.

Edited by Dan Koboldt
Foreword by Chuck Wendig

A collection of articles on scientific topics by experts meant to help writers have accurate science in their writing. This book covers topics from medical misconceptions, lab techniques, mental illness, and wildlife biology to spaceships, zombie microbiology, and cyborgs.

Helpful Websites

 

Though the name of the website is "Fantasy Name Generators", this site hosts numerous generators, including real names from different cultures, place names, organization names, and many more. If you're struggling to think of a name for something in your writing, FNG may have the generator for you.

The free resources available on The Novel Factory website are all I've used from this source, but such resources include character-building questionnaires, plot outlines, NaNoWriMo resources, and more.
The Novel Factory primarily offers a writing software program that advertises will help writers through the writing process. They offer both a web version and a desktop version.

This Tumblr page is dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, and the moderators share Q&A-style writing advice, guides, book recommendations, and more.
This website is absolutely valuable for any writer who wishes to include accurate and inoffensive representation in their writing.

Events

 

National Novel Writing Month is an annual event in November where writers commit to writing 50,000 words in a month. The nonprofit organization also hosts Camp NaNoWriMo during the months of April and July, where participants can set their own goals.
The word count trackers are now available year-round, but the NaNo events are extremely valuable for holding yourself accountable to writing.

Description taken from website: 

#PitMad is the original twitter pitch event, where writers tweet a 280-character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. No previously published works. Agents and editors make requests by liking/favoriting the tweeted pitch.

Others

 

Book Subscription Service

I've praised BOTM many times in the past and will continue to recommend it. Every month, five books are featured for readers to choose from and, with a $15 credit, you can get one of the books. If none of the books appeal to you that month, you can skip it and you will not be charged. Alternately, if you want more books, you can add them onto your order, including extra books from previous months and various others available in the BOTM catalog.

As writers, it's important to read other books to learn new strategies, see what is and isn't successful, and broaden the influences on our own works. In this sense, BOTM is a huge resource.

Phone app

While not directly related to writing, this is the app I use to schedule my posts for Instagram. It's very useful because you can make different posting schedules for different content (I have memes, quotes, advice, personal, and more) and can schedule up to 100 posts for free.

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