Note: I haven’t updated this in awhile. I hope to add things occasionally and actually post a “last updated on…” note whenever I do. 12/31/15
Here are some links to some neat writing resources and writing-related things, that I’ve found helpful or fun over the years. I hope you’ll find them useful too! (The sites are not mine though and not all the stuff on the sites I link to do I necessarily endorse, so proceed with caution. Just sayin’. )
I’ll also probably add to this list on occasion…
If you have any favorite writing sites or books or resources, feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear them. 🙂
Wordcount spreadsheets – free spreadsheets for keeping track of daily/monthly wordcounts (especially useful for NaNo-like goals).
Wordcount widgets – links to some free writing meters for blogs and sites, to keep track of your wordcount.
yWriter – free writing software created by a writer.
Pixlr – free online photo editor. I really enjoy using it for making covers and such!
Month of the Novel episodes – fun little videos about a writer trying to write a novel in a month, and the humorous adventures of herself and her characters. Although it’s especially relevant to people who have done NaNoWriMo, it’s hilarious for anybody who has ever written.
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month: write a 50,000 word novel in November. I do it each year and it’s a marvelous opportunity to get a lot of writing done and connect with other writers who are also writing.
NaNoWriMo forums – There’s also a lot of info to be had in the NaNo forums, which are around all year (though they get wiped each year for a fresh start before each November session).
Camp NaNoWriMo – Can’t commit to writing 50k in a month, or can’t write during November? Camp NaNo is done twice a year for the summer (usually April and July) and has adjustable word-count goals, so it’s a good fit for the more sane writers who just want to get some words in over the summer.
Writing Advice Sites
Author Orson Scott Card has some interesting articles on writing on his website.
Author Gail Carson Levine has some great writing-advice on her lovely blog, which I thoroughly enjoy.
Go Teen Writers has a wealth of writing-advice I’ve only begun to dip into, but I know many people who have found it very useful.
Writing Books I actually got something useful out of
(which is more than I can say of many how-to writing books I’ve read)
Eats, Shoots and Leaves – by Lynne Truss
If you have problems with understanding punctuation/grammar, this is the book for you. And if you’re a perfectionist and punctuation addict like I am, you’re sure to love it as well! It’s extremely helpful and easy to understand while being humorous at the same time. I like to laugh, and I like to learn, and I like being a punctuation perfectionist, so this book was a bit favorite for me.
How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy – by Orson Scott Card
Not everything in this book was helpful to me, but there were a couple ideas that I gleaned from it, and some interesting thoughts on the structure of books, including thoughts on what type of story your book might be. It’s not just for sci-fi/fantasy writers; I don’t write sci-fi, and the type of fantasy I write normally doesn’t have much fantastical in it, but I still found some worth from this book.
Anybody Can Write – by Roberta Jean Bryant
This was a refreshing look at writing, and had some good exercises that helped me through a couple things I was stuck on. I must also say that it’s one of the few non-fiction books I’ve read that I couldn’t put down. It’s not a thick book, but I couldn’t put it down for some reason and found when I was most of the way through that I had accidentally read a ton when I’d only meant to start it. It’s mainly good for the couple new ideas it has.
Helpful Articles on Various Topics
Not Without Honor (The Penslayer) [on critiquing the work, not the author]
(everyone who reviews books should read those two articles)