Writing Resources

A space for the writing resources I come across. Some I’ve delved into, some I’ve only found in passing.

planning

Hi. My name is Kristin, and I’m a planner. From day job to just for fun, if I’m doing it, I want a plan in place. I like goals and deadlines… I work best under a little pressure. Here are some links that helped me develop my writing schedule while working full-time.

  • How to Turn a Business Idea Into Reality – from Silly Grrl – Not necessarily author specific but good info from someone who quit her day job to do what she loved.
  • Writer Reality Check – from Bad Girlz Write – Regarding the work schedule involved with traditional publishing.
  • Scrivener – from Literature and Latte – Scriverner is a great program for organizing your thoughts and ideas when working on a writing project. It has a bit of a learning curve (read that as I still only use about 20% of the program because I don’t know how to use the rest) but is worth every penny.

 

outlines

I’ve never been an outliner. I’ve always preferred for the characters to tell me where they want to go. When I decided to try writing as more than just a pastime, six different story ideas filled up my thoughts, clamoring around and making quite a ruckus as each one demanded my attention. I started taking notes to organize my ideas which quickly became outlines. I guess I am an outliner…who knew?

 

character development

You can’t write about someone if you don’t know them. A lot of these may seem a bit overly detailed, but I think they all have merit. Personally I took bits and pieces from all over the place and developed my own document but using a pre-made questionnaire is a good place to start.

 

formatting, editing and grammar

  • Manuscript Formatting – The basics of proper manuscript formatting. Get used to Times New Roman.
  • Edit Torrent – Interesting blog on writing and editing. I love their character vs. plot driven post.
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips – Wonderful, easy to understand grammar explanations. I use this at work quite often to verify what I’m writing.
  • Grammarly – Easy to understand and exceptionally easy to search.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab – When I started writing derivative fiction, I was absolutely blessed to have a fellow writer volunteer to be my beta reader. Actually she volunteered to hit me over the head with her comma wand. The OWL section on commas was thirteen pages when I printed it, and I spent days studying those rules. I still don’t get them right, but I get them wrong a lot less than I used to.
  • Write Divas – Witty, snarky grammar lessons and overall writing tips.

 

writing communities

I can’t vouch for any of these personally, but I’ll probably join one (or more) eventually. You know… when I have some spare time after working, writing, taking care of the kids, dealing with the dog… shall I go on?

 

critique

Need someone to look over your work? Here are some options for finding critique partners.

 

sites i frequent or blogs i follow

 

authors helping authors

 

twitter profiles to follow

 

helpful hashtags

 

If you’re thinking “You forgot links for things like finding an agent or querying you work,” stop it. I’m not there yet. One step at a time, people. Right now I’m writing – the rest will come in time.

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