The Craft of Writing

This is a page I have created for links to interesting articles about the craft of writing. Links will be slowly added as I find them.

 

General Articles/Pages

Brenna Lyons’ Author Advice: Great advice for authors on finding a publisher, contracts, ebooks, marketing, and writing, etc. Very wide range of topics with easy to understand information.

K.M. Weiland’s site Helping Writers Become Authors features a large variety of information on writing.

The Writer’s Circle: often has good, short posts on a variety of subjects to do with writing.

The Blood Red Pencil has good posts on a range of things of interest to writers and editors.

She’s Novel: a great blog and linked website with weekly posts on writing, revising, publishing, & marketing your novel. While I haven’t read all the posts, I’ve enjoyed those I have.

Terrible Minds is Chuck Wendig’s blog. A novelist, screenwriter, and game designer, he often talks about writing, both the pitfalls and benefits. (NSFW)

Janice Hardy’s article Choosing What Story Idea to Work on Next has some really good questions to consider if you are unsure of what to write (for whatever reason) and also about marketing.

Book Riot : a site “dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.”

RJ Scott Author :  all sorts of information and posts for both authors and readers from UK author RJ Scott.

Tyler Knoll Writing has been set up by A.B. Gayle to explore various aspects of the industry. Her general blog can be found at her official website.

 

Grammar Sites

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: This site is great for extensive help with grammar, punctuation, homonyms, capitalisation rules, and writing numbers. Very well set out, easy to find what you need.

Proofread Now!: have a newsletter I find really useful, and I follow them on twitter too.

Grammarly: I find their twitter feed interesting and sometimes useful.

Associated Press Style Book : “The journalist’s bible, wherever you are”. I follow them on twitter. They sometimes have interesting information.

Writing Explained: I follow them on twitter. Interesting posts.

 

Specific Writing Articles

This article on How to Become a More Productive Writer has some interesting ideas on what will help. Some of them I already do (as an editor), interestingly enough.

10 Things that Red-Flag a Newbie Novelist is a great, brief article about the pitfalls of writing that are far too easy to fall into. The only one I don’t agree with completely is the describing the scenery, however, there is a way to do it where it seamlessly fits into a story rather than being an info dump, the trick is working it out.

3 Mistakes You Made Writing Your First Book  (and How Not to Make Them Again) is a great article about three of the major issues that can tank a great story.

Serious Writer’s Voice: this is a great article on the ‘rules’ of writing, a writer’s ‘voice’, and writing something that doesn’t blend into every other story written.

Having the Courage to Write: an article that is, at its heart, true. If a publisher rejects your story after you have done everything you can to make sure it is of the best quality, shop around until you find the right fit. Don’t give up.

Writers, When in Doubt, WWYL: is a great article from Chuck Wendig about stress, depression, writer’s block, burnout, and keeping your love for what you do.

Why Writing Things Down Makes You a Better Writer: (An author pointed out that slowing down their typing speed does a similar thing) is a fascinating article.

The Writer’s circle gives you a way to Know When (And How) To Use A Semicolon. It’s one of the easier ways I’ve seen, but may not be for all.

The different faces of writing groups by E.E. Montgomery is a good commentary on how different people/groups can be used to get feedback on different aspects of your writing.

This article on Writing About Race by Edmond Manning is brilliant, and shows why it is so important not just to do your research when writing about race, culture, or religiion, but also get beta readers who are closer to living the story than you are.

NJ Nielsen-Saddington wrote a blog post, Talking Writing, that has some really good points about writing a first draft, world building, and working with editors.

 

Word Use

Please see my “The Confusion that is English” page

 

Revisions

E.E. Mongomery’s article on the many facets of writing perfectly demonstrates just how aggressive revising can be, and that just because you plan a story a certain way, it doesn’t mean the story will turn out like that.

K.M. Weiland’s article on The 6 Best Ways to Rewrite Your Book is a great starter to revising a story you’re either not happy with, extending a shorter story, or maybe revising an older story that you wish to revise to your current standards.

Anne R Ellen’s blog on Editing and Editors: A Writer’s Guide outlines exactly why editing needs to be done, what it is, the different types, and has some really good points about working with an editor and finding the right one for you.

 

Sexism

Gender issues are often assumed, or rote, and such portrayals in literature just continue the problem. Literature can be used to make people think, question, not only for enjoyments. These articles are about how sexism plays a part in how each gender is portrayed, and how the obstacles each are usually portrayed as coming up against fit into gender stereotypes.

This article by Kameron Hurley brilliantly points out the ways that gender plays a role in both what is assumed and which types of tension are used in a story, and questions it. Absolutely must be read.

Patriarchy isn’t only damaging to women, it’s damaging to men too. This article by Chris Winkle has some good points about how men are seen and how damaging it can be.

 

Point of View (POV)

Omniscient vs Third Person: describes the difference between Omniscient Third and head-hopping in Third Limited POVs.

How to Write in Deep POV and Get Inside the Mind of Your Character: a great article about deep POV, what it is, and how to write it.

This article about Using Third Person Omniscient POV from the Scribophile website explains the differences between head-hopping, objective and subjective omniscient POV, limited third POV, and the pros and cons of omniscient and limited third.

 

World Building

7 Key World-Building Skills

Map Drawing Guide

Name Search and Meanings: great for making sure the names of your characters match the culture/society, and for finding altenatives if they don’t.

Word Translation Page: brilliant tool to add shading to the story. Gives not only the word and possible translations but also how the word is used in context in its own language.

This article about a three-year study of language presence in a collection of multicultural cities around the world, its results, and how this might apply to worldbuilding in a fantasy or science fiction story.

 

Information Reference Pages (aka Research)

The Criminal Justice for Authors is a site set up by author Kim Fielding about how the justice system works, terms, police technology and a lot more.

Poisoning People for Fun and Profit by Anne R Allen is a series of blogs about poisons, how they’d be used, and the ramifications of doing so. Great if one of your characters is going to be poisoned, either intentionally or unintentionally. This link goes to part 1, and I have included the first eighteen links here:Digitalis, Wolfsbane, Hemlock, Poison Dart Frogs, Arsenic, Oleander, Cyanide, Belladonna, Botulism, Castor Beans, White Snakeroot, Strychnine, Datura, Mandrake, Seafood Poisoning, Antifreeze, Visine, and Polonium-210.

Social Media

As you know, part of being an author is putting yourself out there. These 12 Tips and Tools for Managing Multiple Social-Media Accounts might help you do this more efficiently, giving you back writing time (Feedient is no longer operating).

This article on the 7 Key Elements For A Successful Home Page by Sark eMedia might be useful for those setting up their own websites.

Cheryl Reif’s post, The Hidden Price of Increased Productivity Every Creative Needs to Know talks about how wonderful it is to be able to connect wherever you are, and how it might negatively affect creatives.

 

Free – articles about reader expectations

I posted these under “For Readers” so that readers would read them too.