Writing Resources and Fantastic Writerly Advice
While plotting and creating my stories, I’ve come across a few fantastic resources that I want to share with you all.
Firstly, WATCH THIS VIDEO. Go ahead, I’ll wait. It's quite eye-opening.
Next, have a read of the amazing Beth Revis's PAPER HEARTS Series Beth even has an awesome Paper Hearts workbook to help you exercise your writing noodle.
Donald Maass’s WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL. If you haven’t already, this is a valuable resource that I will be visiting again and again as I plot. And BONUS, each chapter has a dot point page that sums up what you’ve read so you can easily refer back later!
John Truby’s THE ANATOMY OF STORY: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller. Another brilliant resource, this one has activities for you to do as you go. Definitely helped me more than once. I’ve probably re-read it about 4 times now.
Blake Snyder's Save The Cat. It's for screenwriting, but the two go hand in hand for most aspects.
And if you're looking to up your word count without losing quality, try Rachel Aaron's 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. I absolutely love it and it has helped me both with time management and drafting quickly without losing the good stuff.
Finding a Critique Partner:
My Blog Post on Query Writing
Publishing Crawl's: Rules and Tips for Good Queries
Jane Friedman's How to write a Query Letter
Publishing Crawl's: Avoiding Pre Queries
Susan Dennard’s: Parts of a Good Query
There are thousands more. So many that it’s impossible to collect in a database. These are just things that have helped me. You may or may not get anything out of them, and that’s okay. Writing does not have any rules. You do you.