Writing Resources

Some of my favorite writing resources.

Websites and Links

I’ve taken three classes from WriterUniv and they’ve all been great. The prices are very reasonable, too.

Holly Lisle’s How to Think Sideways and How to Revise Your Novel are both great resources. Don’t be put off by the “infomercial” feel of the websites.

Jami Gold has some worksheets to help check the structure of your story. Her blog is worth checking out, too.

Lydia Sharp has a series of blog posts about story structure.

Candace Haven’s Fast Draft (now called Book in a Month?) changed my writing life — and I’m not being a drama queen when I say that! Learning how to turn off my inner editor was the key for me to move from a pile of half-written stories to actually finishing stories.


Scrivener looks complex because it offers so many features, but you only need to learn a few to start harnessing the power. I never use Word for writing any more, not even short stories.

Write Or Die can be used for free online or, for a small price, as a desktop application. After trying it on the website for a few days, I bought the app. The purpose of Write Or Die is keep those fingers typing! It’s essential for my fast-drafting success. (For those that prefer positive reinforcement instead, try Written? Kitten! instead.)


The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well
by Paula LaRocque

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
by June Casagrande

Writing Fiction For Dummies
by Randy Ingermanson, Peter Economy

Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson

Writing a Novel with Scrivener
by David Hewson

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View
by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

The Emotion Thesaurus
by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi

Dialogue: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue (Write Great Fiction Series)
by Gloria Kempton

Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction)
by James Scott Bell

The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
by Christopher Vogler

Plot Versus Character
by Jeff Gerke

Story Engineering
by Larry Brooks

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story
by Jeffrey Schechter

Save The Cat!
by Blake Snyder

Rock Your Plot
by Cathy Yardley

Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II
by Alexandra Sokoloff

Welcome Home: The Author’s Guide to Building A Marketing Home Base
by Nick Thacker

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