Worthwhile Writer’s Resources

There are a ton of writing resources out there. Some offer flim-flam, others offer sound advice. I’m going to direct you to some of the better resources I’ve encountered out there, in no particular order.

 

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By far, one of my favorite books on the writing craft is On Writing by Stephen King.

On Writing is both a textbook for writers and a memoir of Stephen’s life. If you’ve always wondered what led Stephen to become a writer and how he came to be the success he is today, this will answer those questions.

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I recently purchased The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, and it has been a godsend.

It has 75 emotion entries that list body language, thoughts, and visceral responses. It offers suggestions for each emotion ranging from mild intensity to severe. It’s easy to navigate through and helpful during the revising and editing process. Highly recommended.

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Bryn Donovan has a fabulous blog with an entire section on Writing Resources. Look on the sidebar on the left for Top Posts & Pages.  She had a series of MASTER LIST posts that are extremely helpful for any writer. Her MASTER LIST series has also been compiled into a book. Definitely worth looking into.

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Nicholas Rossis’ Emotional Beats is similar to Bryn’s Master Lists and The Emotion Thesaurus. He adds a few more elements to his book, specifically focusing on beats. This book includes hundreds of examples to show anger, fear, indifference, and the whole range of emotions that characterize the human experience.

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The Kick-Ass Writer was not only informative, but highly entertaining to read. In this book, Chuck Wendig explains how to build suspense, craft characters, and defeat writer’s block. He explains how to write a scene, an ending, and even a sentence. He offers blogging techniques, social media skills, and crowdfunding ideas. Whether you’re just starting out or need a push to get over the top, Wendig offers advice that will destroy your fears, clear the path, and help you find your voice, your story, and your audience.

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In Bird By BirdAnne Lamont teaches us as much about writing as she does about creativity at large.

“Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do — the actual act of writing — turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.”

Self Editing For Fiction Writers includes chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques that take you through the same processes an expert editor goes through to perfect a manuscript. It’s full of all kinds of information that will make your writing better.

If you’re like me and you write a lot, there is always going to come a time when you need to look up something about correct grammar usage. The Elements of Style has all the answers to those pesky grammar questions. A few of the addressed topics are how to use parentheses, possessive nouns, commas, colons, cases, hyphens, and participles. Strunk and White offer sound advice on voice, tense, tone, paragraphs, and connecting ideas. There are a bunch of homonyms, idioms, and homophones that give people trouble in writing. This little book gives you the proper usage and a few tricks to remember their use.

There are great writing resources out there, and I’ve read quite a few. Some I keep right by my side to refer to when I write. Whether you find any of these resources useful or not, each of us have areas where we can grow as writers, and these, as well as other resources, are available to help us improve our craft.

Happy writing.

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