An excellent blog by Christine Frazier, where she deconstructs three popular novels to find out their secrets to success. I’m thoroughly jealous of her outlining capabilities as her Master Outline is practically a work of art. She discusses every aspect of outlining and writing your first draft that you could possibly think of. *This is an excellent resource if you need direction and/or inspiration for your novel.*
A very popular website by Joanna Penn with tons of advice on writing and editing, publishing, and marketing your novel. She has a section on making a living with writing that appeals to my liking – I dream of the day that I can live off of my writing…like many other’s I’m sure.
“Over 1,000 articles to help you take your writing to the next level.” I particularly like the section on common writing problems. The website layout is surprisingly not my favorite, but there’s definitely some gems on this website! Since they do have over 1,000 articles this site might take some time to sift through to the content that you need.
K.M. Weiland’s website offers a unique collection that touches on every aspect of writing a novel, editing, and publishing. There is a whole host of tips on this site and a wonderful layout to get you where you want. Something I find really awesome about this site is the deconstructed movies under the “Story Structure Database.” If I ever have free time this is one of the website I go to! I get plenty of inspiration from the different plot points and its fun to see how similar some movies are in their structure.
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell.
Several years ago I first started reading books on the craft of writing and none really sank in like this one did. I’m not sure if my own general maturity had something to do with it but I look at writing in a completely different way now. Part of that, I think, is due to this book. I had several epiphanies in this book and realized that writing a great novel isn’t always something you’re naturally gifted in – you can learn your way toward a better novel.
On Writing by Stephen King
This is a book I recently read and started me on a Stephen King kick. What I like most about this book is that it contains advice on writing, but is also a brief history of how he became such a successful writer. It’s inspiring to see how many rejections he received and to think how important it is to trudge through those rejections. What if Stephen King had given up? Did he question if he should continue on? Maybe. If I ever find myself wondering what the heck I’m doing I remind myself that Stephen King probably thought the same thing at one point. He tried to trash the idea that led to Carrie for goodness sake!
There’s more to come!