Resources for Writers
In my experience, readers are often aspiring writers, too. Here are references and resources to assist in your writer’s journey whether you are aspiring novelist or multi-published author.
Break Into Fiction, by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love.These easy-to-understand templates guide the new writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level.
Scene and Structure, by Jack M. Bickham. A student of Dwight Swain, Bickham presents the basics of crafting your story and your scenes.
Plot & Structure, by James Scott Bell. Specific techniques and exercises to help you craft your plot into a winning story.
Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, by Donald Maass. Invaluable tools even without attending one of Mr. Maass’ workshops. Filled with techniques and exercises to help you craft a break-out or break-in novel.
Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maass. The pages of Maass’s third book are packed with examples, exercises, and techniques to help you craft compelling stories with “Passion and Purpose.”
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and Dave King. A must have to teach yourself to self-edit and turn that first draft into a marketable novel.
Writing the Christian Romance, by Gail Gaymer Martin.Detailed step-by-step instructions and examples on how to write an inspirational Christian romance.
Getting Into Character, by Brandilyn Collins. A how-to using the method acting theory to make your story characters three dimensional.
Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams, by Laurie Schnebly. Complete how-to guide for using enneagrams to identify heroic traits and fatal (or not-so-fatal) flaws that will bring these characters into conflict.
Blogs contain fresh, current information on the writing market and trends. Below are links to several blogs I read on a regular basis:
Writers Helping Writers
Writers in the Storm
The Write Conversation
The Passive Voice
Helping Writers Become Authors
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A writer’s life requires inspiration and perseverance. The following books inspire me.
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life, by Julia Cameron. An inspiring challenge to just keep writing.
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. A funny, helpful book about what it is to be a writer. This book tells it like it is in a very entertaining way.
- American Christian Fiction Writers
- Novelists Inc (NINC)
- Romance Writers of America
- Mystery Writers of America
- Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators
- International Thriller Writers
- Authors Guild
- Sisters in Crime Inc
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
- Horror Writers Association
Lastly, I’ll leave you with some quotes that have inspired me. If you have others, click here to let me know. I’ll add them to the list.
Resources for Readers
Today’s reader has so many choices of what to read. Here are some sources to help you decide and some events and activities where you can meet your favorite authors.
Websites designed with Readers in Mind:
BookBub – site for Amazing deals on bestselling ebooks
E-Reader News Today – site for Kindle FREE books and daily deals from top selling to debut authors of all genres
GoodReads – for books, reviews, and author giveaways of all genres
InDtale Magazine – for all the latest news on Indie books and their authors