What are your favourite writing resources?

I love the internet. Where in the world would we be without Google or forums or online critique groups? There is so many amazing resources out there and most of them, I don’t even know about.

So let’s share some of our favourites! Hopefully I have some for you guys, and you have some for me and we can all find something new to help us with our writing.

Here are some writing resources that I love:

1. How to plot a novel in 5 steps – I’ve read a lot of articles about plotting, but this one is by far the best. I’m not a huge “plotter” but I love this post and refer back to it all the time.

2. Twitter – I spend a lot of time on Twitter. When you follow a lot of other aspiring authors, agents, publishers etc, it gives you a really good overview of what’s going on in the writing world. I follow a bunch but in particular, I like:
@KMWeiland & @RaeAChang & ‏@Michelle4Laughs – people to follow who always link to twitter pitch fests and other writerly things that are going on.
@LitRejections – amazing twitter feed that links to agents.
@AdviceToWriters – for great inspiring quotes.
Tags to follow: #amwriting, #PitchMadness, #10queries, #10queriesIn10tweets

3. Publishers Marketplace – for those who are looking for an agent.

4. Critique Circle – an online critique group that I like.

5. And on the reading side of things, I keep track of all my books on GoodReads and buy them at Fishpond.

What are some of your favourite online writing resources?

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

Book blogger & aspiring author.
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78 Responses to What are your favourite writing resources?

  1. bkpyett says:

    Jodie, thank you for these helpful hints. I’ve found Sol Stein a really helpful writer. The first book I read was ‘Stein on Writing’, and have forgotten the title of the 2nd. I don’t usually enjoy such books but his kept my interest and included things you’d know, like ‘show don’t tell’, but also useful tips about type font.

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  2. bkpyett says:

    Jodie, thank you for these helpful hints. I’ve found Sol Stein a really helpful writer. The first book I read was ‘Stein on Writing’, and have forgotten the title of the 2nd. I don’t usually enjoy such books but his kept my interest and included things you’d know, like ‘show don’t tell’, but also useful tips about type font.

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  3. cheisserer says:

    Love Critique Circle. Love Goodreads. I don’t plot much, but I’ll have to read into it.

    My favorite writing resources involve a graph of argument fallacies (gosh I’ve gone to that page more often than anywhere else, I think), Critique Circle (although I haven’t posted anything there for nearly a year. I know. I know. I need to), and my local Publishing Association website. Other than that, WordPress. Heh. Obviously.

    Once in a while, Wikipedia or Dictionary.com. I also seek out MLA guidelines once in a blue moon.

    ALSO! I just bought Scrivener online. Does that count?

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  4. cheisserer says:

    Love Critique Circle. Love Goodreads. I don’t plot much, but I’ll have to read into it.

    My favorite writing resources involve a graph of argument fallacies (gosh I’ve gone to that page more often than anywhere else, I think), Critique Circle (although I haven’t posted anything there for nearly a year. I know. I know. I need to), and my local Publishing Association website. Other than that, WordPress. Heh. Obviously.

    Once in a while, Wikipedia or Dictionary.com. I also seek out MLA guidelines once in a blue moon.

    ALSO! I just bought Scrivener online. Does that count?

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  5. Thanks for this – some interesting things here. I liked How to Plot a Novel in 5 Steps, especially the boredom test! And the Critique Circle looks well worth a try.

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  6. Thanks for this – some interesting things here. I liked How to Plot a Novel in 5 Steps, especially the boredom test! And the Critique Circle looks well worth a try.

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  7. Genuine Poetry says:

    good post. I have created a resources section on my links page and more on my study page. keep writing!

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  8. Genuine Poetry says:

    good post. I have created a resources section on my links page and more on my study page. keep writing!

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  9. My favorite resources are twitter and contests pages such as PAGE. I also love to be on my previous Script Analysis teacher’s fan page where she has articles, agent info, etc. I’m also in PLENTY of writing groups on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/JarvisWrites

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  10. My favorite resources are twitter and contests pages such as PAGE. I also love to be on my previous Script Analysis teacher’s fan page where she has articles, agent info, etc. I’m also in PLENTY of writing groups on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/JarvisWrites

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  11. S.C. Jensen says:

    Thank you for this! Excellent list 🙂

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  12. S.C. Jensen says:

    Thank you for this! Excellent list 🙂

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  13. Bobbi says:

    I enjoy reading other blog posts, surfing the internet and just reading books or magazines to get the feel of how it’s done. The Writer’s Market is a good resource for publishing etc.. Often, I get my muse from things that have happened in my life. I have an idea for a novel or two based on past experiences and events. Mostly, they are mental notes that hopefully, will see ink to paper very soon.

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  14. Bobbi says:

    I enjoy reading other blog posts, surfing the internet and just reading books or magazines to get the feel of how it’s done. The Writer’s Market is a good resource for publishing etc.. Often, I get my muse from things that have happened in my life. I have an idea for a novel or two based on past experiences and events. Mostly, they are mental notes that hopefully, will see ink to paper very soon.

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  15. Great tips, thanks for sharing =) The first link looks especially helpful, I can’t wait to take a closer look!

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  16. Great tips, thanks for sharing =) The first link looks especially helpful, I can’t wait to take a closer look!

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  17. Aibird says:

    I maintain a list of resources found by community members over at Legendfire: Writing Forums: http://www.legendfire.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8098

    It’s gotten ridiculously long, but there’s a lot there. (I also have a lot of books I use for resources. Ursula Le Guin’s Steering the Craft. 3 A.M. Epiphany, various science books, grammar books, and so forth.)

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  18. Aibird says:

    I maintain a list of resources found by community members over at Legendfire: Writing Forums: http://www.legendfire.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8098

    It’s gotten ridiculously long, but there’s a lot there. (I also have a lot of books I use for resources. Ursula Le Guin’s Steering the Craft. 3 A.M. Epiphany, various science books, grammar books, and so forth.)

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