Andrea (Andi) Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, developmental editor, speaker, workshop facilitator, and writing coach. Awesome, classy lady! Her website is also a good resource for things, including her “12 Ways to Improve Your Novel or Memoir BEFORE Anyone Else Sees It.” She writes a blog and has written and published a number of books. She also has developed a whole writer’s community of support.
Conscious Style Guide is an amazing resource subtitled: include/ empower/ respect ! It has links to wonderful articles that describe the need for and the strides we are making in the publishing industry toward being more inclusive. I have a hard time not spending hours on this site, just reading article after article. Here is an example where the Associated Press has changed their policy on hyphenating American heritage labels. Here is another that addresses the use of ableist language. I will simply quote Lydia X. Z. Brown: "Language is inherently political. Both as individuals and as larger social and cultural groups, it is self-evident that the language we use to express all sorts of ideas, opinions, and emotions, as well as to describe ourselves and others, is simultaneously reflective of existing attitudes and influential to developing attitudes."
The Daily Writing Tips are cool. I’ve been a subscriber for years and can almost always learn something from them.
The Editor’s Blog is a great resource for Writers as well as Editors. Editor and writer Beth Hill has great, practical advice (like how proof-reading can pay off) and lots of good resource links to other good sites, webinars, and E-zines. I devour as much as I can of her excellent advice and guidance. Her "Punctuation with Dialogue" is fantastic and seems extremely comprehensive to me, especially when combined with the Discussion in the Comments below the article. One little gem I discovered is her article and the discussion on how to write "Inner Dialogue" and it even touches on telepathy in sci-fi novels. Another fantastic article is on commas and coordinating conjunctions and the purpose of good punctuation, generally: No Comma Necessary—Coordinating Conjunctions Don’t Always Need Commas. This article contains some of the best advice I've ever found for the treatment/ nuances of comma usage that are practically impossible to find! And again, tons of useful material in the Comments section!
Grammar Book is a fantastic website reference that is based on The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. It is beautifully and simply organized for searching out specifics on … grammar and punctuation rules! (Yes! You guessed that one, huh? You are amazing!) It is a great tool and resource that is good to keep on speed dial, as it were. Or an open tab on your laptop.
Grammar Girl (aka Mignon Fogarty) has a popular podcast and has authored numerous books as well as articles for her website - "Quick and Dirty Tips"- on grammar, punctuation, linguistic oddities, etc. She's been my go-to gal for refreshing my memory on issues like when to use 'lay vs lie.' I've got her books too. (Not because I'm a book junkie! I bought them in case the internet goes down just when I have an urgent need to conjugate irregular verbs!) She's brilliant. :)
Helping Writers Become Authors is the goal of K.M. (Katie) Weiland, blogger, mentor, educator, and author of both fiction and resources for writers. Her website is chock full of amazing resources for learning and honing the craft of writing, e.g., story and scene structure, outlining, character development, etc.
The Independent Book Publishers Association has a free PDF of the Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book.
Jami Gold - writer, editor, workshop host, blogger, entrepreneur - this woman seems to do it all. She has some wonderful "Worksheets" and "Workshops" as well as articles on writing.
Jericho Writers - Tons of resources for writers: tutorials and webinars and chat groups and agents (you need membership for full access, but blog posts are free.) I found an article on character development to share with my authors. And then there's this article on writing dialogue. There is also this great article on developing your authorial voice. Another article that is amazing is about Evoking a sense of Place early in a scene! And this one that explains Show vs Tell! And this one provides Everything You Need to Know about Beta Readers!
Kristen Lamb is an author, blogger, speaker, and social media Jedi. With a witty and fun voice she tackles many topics as well as describes - perfectly - Why Editing Matters and Simple Ways to Make Your Work SHINE.
Laurel Garver - author and editor. Her blog (Laurel's Leaves) has a fantastic explanation for why authors need critique partners and beta readers and how to get the most out of both.
Lisa Poisso, editor and book coach, has written a lovely article that explains why perfection is not possible: Why Did the Editor Miss Errors in Your Book? Along with many other excellent articles is The Author's Guide to Hiring an Editor.
Literary Devices is a website that not only lists and explanations literary devices and terms, but also grammatical terms, and poem analysis, a very comprehensive list and analysis of common phrases (bated breath, the lady doth protest too much, silence is golden, etc.), and essay writing descriptions. One of my favorite articles is the discussion of literary perspectives.
Megan Harris is an editor, a blogger, a copywriter. Among other great articles, she has wisdom to share in regards to contracts between editors and writers and about appropriate ways of offering thanks to your editor for a job well-done.
NY Book Editors website has many helpful articles in the blog section of their website. One sweet article is about getting your manuscript ready for submitting to an editor :) Don’t Submit Your Manuscript Until You’ve Read This Post. Also: How to Plan a Book Series and How to Create Chapters in Your Novel and What's the Difference Between Perspective and Point of View, and What You Need to Know About Working with Beta Readers.
The Online Etymology Dictionary - or Etymonline is so cool. If you are writing historical fiction, one pitfall you need to avoid is using words or idioms that didn't exist in that era.
LitWeb is the online resource and supplement for the W.W. Norton Introduction to Literature textbooks. They have quizzes and workshops that you need the code from the textbook to access, but they also have public access to a free Glossary of terms that is excellent and many many articles related to writing and literature. I plan to keep the glossary at my fingertips. They also have Reading Group Discussion Guides, so if you are a member of a Book Club you might want to check those out.
The Punctuation Guide is a phenomenal tool/reference that is easy to use and great for refreshing your memory about how and when to use semi colons, em dashes (you’ve got to familiarize yourself with these little beauties!), quotation marks, etc. It also has information on Manuals of Style, Top Ten Tips (And we all love those! Admit it!), British vs American English, and more.
reedsy is a clearing house for all sorts of self publishing tools and assistance. They have a terrific list of writing community/critique groups: "50 Places to find a critique circle to improve your writing" and free creative writing exercises.
Romance Refined is the website of Rachel Daven Skinner, who is a freelance editor. She has a very helpful download on how to create Manuscript/Series Style Sheets - a tool I think any author would do well to utilize. She has influenced my understanding of the stages of editing and their definitions.
Steven Pressfield is the author of novels as well as The War of Art and other books about writing. His website offers great writer insights and philosophies, tutorials and practical advice on how to make a career out of writing. He's been there. He wants to share his hard-won wisdom.
Storm Writing School - Tim Storm is an educator, a writing craft coach, and an editor. His creates wonderful articles, events, and courses, and he has great YouTube videos as well. I especially love this article on the Readers you need to help you through the "curse of knowledge," your own biases, and perspective. Check it out.
The Story Grid was created by editor Shawn Coyne. Wow. This stuff is pretty cool. There are videos and books and blog posts. Beginner writers can get a boost in the right direction HERE.
Very interesting and helpful stuff.
Very interesting and helpful stuff.
I discovered Frank McKinley’s website while looking for articles on Why Every Writer Needs an Editor (by guest blogger Emily Clark). He also has a Thriving Writers show on YouTube that looks very informative. And his Blog has heaps of interesting and motivating topics for writers. I highly recommend you explore his smorgasbord of offerings.
The Write Life has wonderful articles on a plethora of topics by different authors, bloggers, editors, etc. Here is one on The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel. Another fabulous article is How to Format a Book - 10 Tips Your Editor Wants You to Know.
The Write Practice seems like a good resource for writers. One blog post I especially appreciated was about Point of View. This website has helpful information that can point you in the right direction as you 'practice' in order to 'progress' toward being a better writer. They also have a community of support.
Writer's Digest has some amazing articles on just about any topic a writer could, would, need to ,or want to know about. Seriously. I have barely begun to tap this resource. I found a very helpful article on Copyright Laws for writers. And check out this article on weaving backstory into your novel. Or this one on writing believable YA characters. There is a huge selection of free stuff, tutorials, webinars, articles, prompts, etc. on genre specific topics, on publishing issues, on writing techniques, etc.
Writers Write has some great articles (e.g., How to Write and Ethically and Socially Sensitive Story), advice (e.g., The Edit), writing courses, as well as cool literary stuff This site is definitely worth a visit! You'll be going back for more!
The Writer’s Handbook (crazy creative, huh?) published by The University of Wisconsin-Madison (not my alma mater, I just stumbled upon this one and was extremely impressed) has a Writing Center that has put together a great little resource. 12 Common Errors was a good article. They also have great guidance for Academic and Professional writing. It’s geared toward their students, of course. But hey, maybe you are wanting to update your resume or something.
Word-of-the-Day mailings from Merriam-Webster online dictionary – way better than one of those tear-off calendars (I heard somewhere that there is such a thing as Word of the Day toilet paper?! I must say, as a lover of words, the symbolism is distressing.) This newsletter also links to their web page where there are quizzes to test your word power and other cool things. It's fun if you are competitive and geeky about vocabulary. I also consult the website daily for definitions, synonyms, etymologies, and hyphenation checks. I recently found this great description of the subjunctive mood (e.g. "If I were a rich man, ...").
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