Helpful Tidbits

I wanted to have a separate page dedicated to the different avenues I’ve used to help me become a stronger writer. As I find new tools, I’ll be sure to add them to the list. I hope you find as much use out of these as I have.

Writer’s Digest
Writer’s Digest is an invaluable resource for writers of all levels and genres. Whether you’re writing short stories, polishing your novel, or querying literary agents, Writer’s Digest published hundreds of articles on the craft and industry.

Writer Unboxed
Another great online resource for writers containing articles ranging from deconstructing popular novels to helpful advice on the publishing industry.

Susan Dennard, Misfits & Daydreamers Newsletter
This blog and newsletter is written by the incredibly talented (and helpful!) Susan Dennard. She covers everything from the revision process to her publishing experience. Her posts are brilliant and insightful. She does hand out a good dose of reality though, which I personally find motivating.

Pub(lishing) Crawl
This website is run by a fantastic group of authors and industry professionals (including the wonderful Susan Dennard) with article ranging from how to write a synopsis to the daily life of a literary agent.

Query Shark
This blog is run by Janet Reid, a literary agent with Fine Print Literary Management. In her many, many posts, Janet depicts the evolution of a query from first draft to ready-for-submission. If you’re working on your query. I’d recommend starting here!

Confessions of A Wandering Heart
This blog is run by Suzie Townsend, a literary agent with New Leaf Literary. Suzie answers questions about the industry as well as posts some of her clients’ successful query letters, offering a commentary on why it worked.

Better Novel Project
Christine – the wonderful person running this blog – deconstructs popular novels to give you a sense of what elements have made your favorites, like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, bestsellers.

Writing Excuses
A fantastic podcast that discusses the writing craft and industry. These short, 15-minute lessons cater to those of us who are always on the go. If you have a short commute, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.

Fiction School
Another podcasts, the three writing professors/authors provide advice on improving your writing. The best part about this podcast: they’re extremely candid with each other, making listening to this podcast seem more like listening to friends than sitting through a dry lecture.

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