Writing Resources

Recommended Websites for Writing

Better Novel Project

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.*

The Creative Penn

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.

Fiction University

“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.

Helping Writers Become Authors

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.

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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!

5 thoughts on “Writing Resources

  1. Hello and peace be upon you Vivien.
    I like your comments and videos. I wish could take you to my village that I grove up or my city which you can feel the spirit of humanity and history combined. I grove up in a place that no water and tree. learned English at the age of 25 and want to write, for myself, and for my people . But I feel shy. My grammar is not good enough to share my writing with others. Kindly, needs your advice. What I want is a software which edit my writing.
    Thank you very much.

    1. I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond! Just keep practicing my friend–reading fiction is always the best way to learn grammar rules. As for a software, I recently found ProWritingAid and I love it. It catches things Microsoft Word and generic spell checkers don’t. Good luck my friend!

    2. I know you didn’t ask me, but I can relate to you since English isn’t my first language too, but that’s not a big problem because English is taught since the first grade. But since, complications of second language disturbed my writing by “not so perfect” grammar. And for that I used Grammarly, I found this software extremely helpful. Because for a 15 years old, grammar can be quite confusing.
      And yes, thank you very much Vivien for so wonderful advice that help me in my writing journey! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for posting all this. I’m grateful for your contribution to our knowledge and development as writers.
    Love you YouTube videos!

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