In November of 2009, while I was recovering from abdominal surgery and bored out of my tree, I wrote a novel in 10 days. It was the most fun EVER! Since then I’ve read everything I could find online about writing and publishing, and learned so much. (I may have also bought an obscene amount of books on writing craft, but that’s another topic). I’ve written and revised two more stories, both infinitely better than my first effort, and just as much fun to write.
Here are five of my favorite online resources for writers.
Number Five: Nanowrimo – The biggest hurdle for many beginning writers is a simple but daunting one: finishing. (Not me, as much, but that’s just my obsessive personality at work.) What better incentive to finish your rough draft than the encouragement of thousands of people just like you? Check out National Novel Writing Month.
Number Four: Elizabeth Craig – Following Elizabeth Craig on Twitter is something that every beginning writer should do! She tracks down all the best blog posts for writers and tweets them throughout the day. I’ve been able to read a lot of really useful blogs since I started following Elizabeth.
Number Three: Jennifer Crusie – Besides the fact that Jenny Crusie is my favorite author, her blog is funny, insightful, and full of excellent writer-ly tidbits. I’ve learned so much … laughed a lot too!
Number Two: Kristen Lamb – Her bestselling book “We Are Not Alone – A Writers Guide to Social Media” is very helpful for anyone hoping to navigate the current publishing world, and her blog is always educational and entertaining. From blogging basics to scene structure, Kristen covers an excellent variety of topics.
Number One: Storywonk – Taking Lani Diane Rich’s Revision course at Storywonk is without a doubt the most important thing I’ve done to improve my writing. After applying what I’d learned in Lani’s course, I had a full manuscript requested the FIRST TIME I submitted. In addition to the excellent classes Lani offers, she also does a daily free podcast for writers that is full of excellent information. Go. Listen. Learn.
Bonus Round – Be sure to check out the new community at Novel Publicity, a great place to network with other writers!
Any suggestions for other sites I should check out?