Writing Resources That Rock My Socks

Creative Commons © 2009 jeffrey james pacresWriting is just like any other craft: you have to constantly be honing your abilities, practicing, learning new things. Lucky for us creative types, there are many resources out there that can help with this ongoing learning process. Here are a few of my favorites.

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder – This book is about screenwriting and is very tailored to that particular form of writing. However, I do believe that Blake has a lot of knowledge to contribute about storytelling in general, so this book is worth a peek. Don’t be put off by the author’s somewhat snarky tone, he does have some invaluable info to impart, and the book’s pretty short anyway.

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty – The author of this book is the creator of NaNoWriMo…and my love for this annual writing event is no secret. (Anyone else participating this year?? Let me know and we can keep each other motivated!) No Plot? No Problem! is the how-to guide for getting through the frenzy that is NaNoWriMo, as well as a road map to letting go of that inner editor that is always trying to nip your great ideas in the bud. Accessible and entertaining, I highly recommend this one.

The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman – To be honest, I haven’t read this whole book, but I recommend it solely because of the two chapters dedicated to creating your characters. With a whole slew of questions to help you get into the deepest corners of your characters’ psyches, this book is invaluable.

WriteToDone.com – A great blog with lots of articles such as How to be a Writer: 201 Compelling Tips and How to Write Funny, WriteToDone is chock full of insight for writers.

The Other Side of the Story – Written by Janice Hardy, this is by far my favorite writing blog. She has excellent, informative posts, framed by guest posts from other authors, and diagnostic posts in which she takes a reader’s submitted writing and basically workshops it. A cannot miss writing blog for sure!

What are your favorite writing resources for keeping yourself on your toes?

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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me