For many months in 2017-18 my dear friend and fabulous Pitch Wars co-mentor, M.K. England, and I hosted a live stream about books, writing, writers, and much more. Sadly tech troubles after one of us moved deep into a rural area has slowed us down a bit, but here are some old episodes. Hopefully we’ll be up and running again soon!
These are the absolute must-read craft posts that I go back to again and again (not a few of which are written by my friends.*grins*). Note: I’ve borrowed some of this with permission from M.K. England‘s list of resources for writers.
For General Brilliance and Insight on Character Creation
Plot and Structure
- Story by Robert McKee
- Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
- Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
- Story Engineering Structure Cheat Sheet by Larry Brooks
- I also LOVE K.M. Weiland’s posts on structure and use them often
- Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins
- Deep Point of View by Marcy Kennedy
- Cindy Baldwin’s series on writing description
- How to Avoid Telling in Writing Fiction
- Conquering Six Enemies of Deep POV
- This sentence has five words — A super fast lesson on sentence variety and rhythm.
- Writing Smooth Transitions
- Show Don’t Tell series by Rebecca McLaughlin — She posts bad excerpts from her own writing and walks us through the revision.
- The Ultimate Collection of Resources for Writers on PublishingCrawl
- Tools for Writers: Worksheets and more from the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus
- The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein
- Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (From DMLA Literary Agency. There are a million editions, so buy the most recent one. The workbook is great, too)
- Understanding Show, Don’t Tell: And Really Getting It by Janice Hardy
- GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon
- Anything by K.M. Weiland
- After the First Chapter blog series by Amanda Rawson Hill
- Publishing Crawl (PubCrawl)
- LiteratiCast (with agent Jennifer Laughran)
- Print Run (with agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane)
- Writing Excuses
Author Life and the Business of Being an Author
- This link comes to me via a Youth Services Librarian, who was shown it by one of the young authors she works with (hi Amelia!). It’s a great one for a general overview of being an author, publishing, and it also has good links to other resources: The Business of Being an Author.