“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
-Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
Some things are helpful when it gets to perfecting the craft of writing. Here’s a useful list whether you’re a beginner or a veteran.
Learning is a lifelong process that expends the mind and nurtures creativity.
Books for the aspiring author:
Nathan Bransford‘s How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules
A lively and entertaining walkthrough to writing and plotting fiction.
Noah Lukeman‘s The First Five Pages
A gem of a work, from an agent and editor’s point of view when dealing with querying writers.
James Scott Bell‘s How to Write Dazzling Dialogue
Insightful ways of writing and characterizing dialogues.
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White‘s The Elements of Style
A must. A classic of American English grammar and style.
Christopher Vogler‘s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writer
The authority on shaping and plotting out epic stories.
Joseph Campbell‘s The Hero with a Thousand Faces
The original work that prompted Chris Vogler to distill the Writer’s Journey from.
Steven King‘s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Insightful methods and techniques from the master himself.
Writer’s Market The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, latest edition
Provides the grounds for the querying writer. Updated every year. Subscription is also available online.
Webinars for writers:
Joan Dempsey offers a wonderful array of online courses. She is a writer and an editor dedicated to helping others hone their skills. I have taken several of her courses. She is perpetually available to answer questions and clarify points. A good place to start is by visiting her site.
Jane Friedman offers priceless advice and online courses on everything concerning the world of writing. From blogging to querying, from traditional to self-publishing, she is a respected and sought-after role player in the industry. Visit her site here.
I worked with Sione Aeschliman for a developmental critique. Sione is a freelance editor and the brains behind RevPit, a contest where writers submit their manuscript for a chance to win a full novel edit ending with an agent round.
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