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Conquering Fear – by Tim Grahl

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Social Media Tools

  • Buffer is a brilliant tool for managing and scheduling your social media posts – it can be used for Facebook, Twitter, google+. linkedIn and more.

 

Structure and Plot

  • Screenwriting Tips for Authors is the blog of screenwriter and novelist Alexandra Sokoloff, and she comprehensively breaks down the three-act structure for writers.
  • The Plot Whisperer blog is all about plotting.
  • Storytech Literary Consulting is a site by the author of The Writer’s Journey. This is a book for writers based on Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and the site offers a number of resources related to structure.
  • Plot Generator can be a fun way to jumpstart your plot.
  • Scapple is a mindmapping software from the same company that developed Scrivener.
  • Storymind is a site that sells software related to story creation, but their blog is free and includes excellent articles about narrative, structure and more.
  • Free Writing Class from Steven Barnes is based on the screenplay course Barnes has taught for years, but as he points out in his introduction, writing is writing, and this is an excellent way for a writer in any medium to learn structure.

 

Characterisation

  • FYCD is a blog that focuses on all aspects of character development and answers questions as well.
  • Baby Name Center will help you get the crucial right name for your character. You can search for names by origin, meaning, number of syllables and more.
  • Character Therapist takes a psychological approach to readers’ questions about character development.
  • Motive Generator offers prompts to give your characters purpose.

 

Researching Agents and Writing Queries and Synopses

  • Query Shark offers contributors the opportunity to have their novel queries critiqued and read critiques of others’ queries.
  • Evil Editor breaks down synopses and explains pitfalls writers should avoid.
  • Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents is a blog that mostly covers agents and what they are looking for but sometimes touches on other aspects of writing and the publishing business as well.
  • Agent Query is a free searchable database of literary agents that not only allows you to search by genre but includes information such as agent interests and whether they are currently accepting new clients. The site also includes a social networking aspect.
  • Janet Reid, Literary Agent writes another excellent blog. Crime fiction is her specialty, but many of her posts concern all types of fiction.

 

Publishing and Business

  • Publishers Weekly is the bible of the publishing world with a lot of free material on its site and free e-newsletters.
  • Writer Beware compiles information about scam agents and publishers across genres for writers in any country.
  • Publishers Marketplace keeps track of publishing deals.
  • Galley Cat is a blog about the publishing industry.
  • The Book Deal is written by a consulting editor who looks at the industry and the many changes happening there.
  • Jane Friedman focuses on digital changes in publishing and how authors can navigate them.
  • The Creative Penn is a blog that approaches writing as an entrepreneurial venture.
  • Publishing Perspectives takes on the global publishing world.
  • Bestseller Labs offers tips from bestselling writer Jonathan Gunson on how to get published and how to get more readers.
  • Writers and Authors offers tips on building an audience and provides a space for writers to network.
  • Preditors & Editors is an old and trusted site that contains resources about publishers, agents, scams, workshops and more.
  • The Burry Man Writers Center has a focus on Scotland but is a global site with many resources on the business of writing as well as other aspects.
  • The Freelancer’s Survival Guide is an entire free book online about how to survive as a freelancer.
  • The Future of Ink It was founded by Denise Wakeman and Ellen Britt with the hopes of becoming THE authority site for entrepreneurs looking for info on digital publishing.
  • Books and Such is an agency that helps authors build careers. The blog on their website is written by literary agents and is full of great content for aspiring and seasoned authors alike.

 

Editor and Agent Blogs

  • Nathan Bransford is an author and former literary agents who has one of the best sites on the web about writing and publishing.
  • Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent who maintains a terrific site with advice on writing and publishing.
  • Agent in the Middle is a blog by agent Lori Perkins.
  • Bent on Books includes posts from all agents at the Jenny Bent Agency.
  • Pub Rants is agent Kristen Nelson’s blog with excellent advise on the business side of publishing.

 

Editors

  • Nuna offer editing services for every genre – they also offer a sample edit, so you can choose the right editor for you.
  • The Hemingway App – a free online resource where you can place a piece of writing online and the Hemingway App will highlight areas that need editing – it even gives suggestions.

 

Cover Design

 

Self-Publishing

 

Where to Self Publish

  • Create Space is a Print on Demand publisher and is an Amazon Company, you can also publish on kindle from this site
  • Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s kindle publishing arm
  • Smashwords is another ebook publisher/distributor.  They distribute ebooks to online retailers other than Amazon, such as Barnes and Noble and libraries.
  • BookBaby is an ebook publisher that can also help with other aspects of publishing (editing etc)

 

Book Marketing

 

Creativity, Inspiration and Writing Prompts

  • The Write Practice focuses on daily practices to build skill and creativity.
  • Writing Prompts are the prompts that a teacher uses in class, and here, he shares them with readers.
  • Procrastinating Writers is for writers who struggle with blocks and motivation.
  • Courage to Create details one man’s struggle to finish his first novel.
  • Dani Shapiro is an author who muses on her blog about the challenges and epiphanies of the writing life.
  • Great Writers Inspire is primarily designed as a resource for students and teachers, but may also be of interest to novelists wishing to ground themselves in some of the great works of literature.
  • Theodora Goss is a fantasy writer who blogs about her inspirations and how to balance writing with the other demands of life.
  • It Starts With uses psychology to inspire and motivate writers.
  • Positive Writer focuses on self-doubt and confidence-building for writers.
  • Inspired by Life and Fiction brings together ten novelists who write about the things that stir their imaginations.
  • The Writers Alley features writers from around the world offering inspiration with a Christian slant.
  • The Procrastiwriter gives advice on how to avoid procrastination and fit writing into a busy life.
  • Advice to Writers inspires via a quote of the day from famous writers.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica is an online encyclopedia of myth, folklore and religion that can be a wonderful resource for story ideas in all genres.
  • Writers Plot Idea Generator also has exercise prompts, character profile generators, plot twist generators, first lines and more.
  • 750 Words is a site inspired by the book The Artist’s Way that gives writers the opportunity to do the morning pages exercise privately and online with a progress tracker.

 

Workshops and Forums

  • Critters Workshop began as a free workshop for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers, but now it covers all genres.
  • Absolute Write forums cover novels as well as other forms of writing, and are an invaluable source of information from other professionals and aspiring writers about the publishing business, the craft of writing and more.
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs has a database of hundred of programmes and conferences for writers plus news, contests, articles and more.

 

General Writing Advice

  • Writer’s Digest is one of the best and oldest resources for writers.
  • Absolute Write Blog is related to the forum of the same name and offers a similar scope of information in the form of longer-form posts.
  • NaNoWriMo challenges writers to complete a 50,000 word first draft in a month during November.
  • Booklife Now is a general guide to both the craft of writing and the publishing industry across genres.
  • Terrible Minds is the popular blog of writer Chuck Wendig who shares his observations on publishing and writing technique.
  • Advanced Fiction Writing Blog is where Randy Ingermanson, inventor of the snowflake method of writing, blogs about technique and the business of writing.
  • Litreactor offers online classes, essays on craft and more.
  • Novel Rocket is a site that teaches visitors how to write a novel through guest posts and author interviews.
  • Writers in the Storm features professional writers across a variety of genres blogging about their craft and specialties.
  • First Novels Club is a blog with a particular focus on children’s and YA writing, but it looks at other types of fiction as well.
  • She Writes offers women writers a social network, community blog and more.
  • Writing Forward covers grammar, creativity and more.
  • The Writer’s Toolbox is written by a best-selling suspense novelist who offers articles on the writing process.
  • Fiction University features experienced writers as guest bloggers.
  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog covers everything from dialogue to social media for writers and more.
  • Backspace has many resources including a subscription-only forum for writers.
  • Reference for Writers looks at all aspects and genres of writing as well as having an enormous variety of resources for researching everything from dragons to EMS workers to American life in the 1990s and more.
  • Creative Writing with the Crimson League offers writing advice from fantasy author Victoria Grefer.
  • The Blood-Red Pencil has a large blogging team of editors and writers providing writing advice.
  • Draft is a writing blog hosted by The New York Times and written by a multidisciplinary group of editors, linguists, historians and more.
  • Fiction Factor is a massive writing resource covering many topics.
  • Write to Done looks at techniques for fiction among other types of writing.
  • Writers Helping Writers takes topic suggestions as well as publishing guest posts from many different types of writers.
  • Writer Unboxed features many different writers discussing techniques in fiction writing as well as the business side.
  • Helping Writers Become Authors offers inspiration and advice on characterisation, structure, editing and more.
  • Live Write Thrive offers writing advice from writer and editor C.S. Lakin.
  • Aliventures covers different types of writing including fiction.
  • How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book covers everything from structure to staying motivated and more.
  • Jody Hedlund examines many aspects of writing successful fiction.
  • Novel Publicity & Co. includes a lot of information about promoting your novel but also covers many how-to writing topics.
  • Moody Writing examines scene, character, structure and more.
  • Writers FM is a radio station for writers with interviews, music and more.
  • Storytellers Unplugged features a roster of 30 writers, booksellers, publishing professionals and others – one for each day of the month – blogging on the art, the craft and the business.
  • What About Writing is a blog with articles, challenges and more as well as an ask box and a Writer of the Month competition.
  • My Writer’s Circle is an active forum about writing.
  • Writing.ie bills itself as the home of Irish writing online but actually has an enormous number of writers for writers and readers in every genre and country.
  • Writing While the Rice Boils is a terrific blog that includes resources, interviews, reviews, writing advice and more.
  • Author is the online magazine of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in the United States, but it has articles and other information of interest to writers worldwide.
  • inkPageant curates blog posts on writing, and writers can submit their own posts for the site as well as searching by subject matter.
  • Standoutbooks Blog Standout books is a fantastic site for writing and publishing tips as well as marketing.
  • Jeff Goins shares insights about  writing,  publishing,  marketing  and anything else he thinks of on his blog.
  • Write to Done is about learning to write better. They cover everything from copywriting to creative writing and everything both in between and beyond.
  • Helping Writers become Authors shares quality posts that teach authors how to write great novels. I also encourage you to download her free eBook on character development

 

Grammar and Language

  • Grammar Girl explains language and usage in an entertaining manner at her blog.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style is the style guide used by most of the book publishing industry.
  • Daily Writing Tips looks at topics like usage, spelling, vocabulary and more.
  • Grammar Book has usage rules, quizzes and more.
  • Word Hippo generates word origins, synonyms, antonyms, translations, tenses, rhyming words, various parts of speech, names and more.

 

Romance, Women’s Fiction and Chicklit

 

Literary Fiction

 

Crime, Mystery and Thrillers

 

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

  • SFWA is the site for the Science Fiction Writers of America, but even for writers outside of the United States, the site itself has a number of excellent resources for novelists interested in working in this genre.
  • The Horror Writer’s Association aims to have a more international scope than SWFA and also has resources available at its site for non-members.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Novelists is a writing advice blog is maintained by a group of successful genre writers.
  • Worldbuilding Rules offers advice for fantasy and science fiction writers on creating plausible worlds.
  • The Writer and the Critic is a podcast that focuses on speculative fiction.
  • Tor Books is a major publisher of science fiction and fantasy, and their site is an enormous resource of blog posts, links, original fiction and more.
  • Locus is the trade news magazine of the science fiction and fantasy publishing world.
  • This is Horror is an excellent site for keeping up with news and reviews of horror fiction.

 

Children’s and YA

 

Historical

  • Historical Novel Society is devoted to the appreciation of the historical novel and includes many resources.
  • Writing Historical Novels is written by a rotating cast of established novelists.
  • A Writer of History offers advice on writing historical fiction as well as interviews with readers.
  • English History Authors is a blog about English history by historical fiction writers.
  • History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham is a blog by a historical novelist that focuses on late medieval and Tudor history and the craft and genre of historical fiction.
  • Queen Anne Boleyn is a blog for historical novelists of all periods and places that includes writing groups, reenactment groups and more.
  • Reading the Past is a blog about the historical fiction genre and includes reviews, publishing news and more.
  • Sharon Kay Penman is one of the top novelists of historical fiction, and she interviews other writers of historical fiction as well as discussing the genre on her blog.
  • Stephie Smith lists an enormous number of historical resources for writers.
  • Jane Austen’s World is a blog about the Regency period.
  • Historical Novels lists thousands of novels divided by time period and location and also includes reviews and interviews.

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<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Social Media Tools</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://buffer.com/&quot; target="_blank">Buffer</a> is a brilliant tool for managing and scheduling your social media posts – it can be used for Facebook, Twitter, google+. linkedIn and more.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Structure and Plot</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.screenwritingtricks.com/&quot; target="_blank">Screenwriting Tips for Authors</a> is the blog of screenwriter and novelist Alexandra Sokoloff, and she comprehensively breaks down the three-act structure for writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Plot Whisperer</a> blog is all about plotting.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.thewritersjourney.com/&quot; target="_blank">Storytech Literary Consulting</a> is a site by the author of <i>The Writer’s Journey</i>. This is a book for writers based on Joseph Campbell’s <i>The Hero with a Thousand Faces</i>, and the site offers a number of resources related to structure.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.plot-generator.org.uk/&quot; target="_blank">Plot Generator</a> can be a fun way to jumpstart your plot.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php&quot; target="_blank">Scapple</a> is a mindmapping software from the same company that developed Scrivener.</li>
<li><a href="http://storymind.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Storymind</a> is a site that sells software related to story creation, but their blog is free and includes excellent articles about narrative, structure and more.</li>
<li><a class="broken_link" href="http://www.lifewrite.com/html/class.htm&quot; target="_blank">Free Writing Class from Steven Barnes</a> is based on the screenplay course Barnes has taught for years, but as he points out in his introduction, writing is writing, and this is an excellent way for a writer in any medium to learn structure.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Characterisation
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<ul>
<li><a href="http://fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment.tumblr.com/&quot; target="_blank">FYCD</a> is a blog that focuses on all aspects of character development and answers questions as well.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.babycenter.com/baby-names&quot; target="_blank">Baby Name Center</a> will help you get the crucial right name for your character. You can search for names by origin, meaning, number of syllables and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://charactertherapist.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Character Therapist</a> takes a psychological approach to readers’ questions about character development.</li>
<li><a class="broken_link" href="http://www.rangen.co.uk/chars/motivegen.php&quot; target="_blank">Motive Generator</a> offers prompts to give your characters purpose.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Researching Agents and Writing Queries and Synopses</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.queryshark.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Query Shark</a> offers contributors the opportunity to have their novel queries critiqued and read critiques of others’ queries.</li>
<li><a href="http://evileditor.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Evil Editor</a> breaks down synopses and explains pitfalls writers should avoid.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents&quot; target="_blank">Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents</a> is a blog that mostly covers agents and what they are looking for but sometimes touches on other aspects of writing and the publishing business as well.</li>
<li><a href="http://agentquery.com/&quot; target="_blank">Agent Query</a> is a free searchable database of literary agents that not only allows you to search by genre but includes information such as agent interests and whether they are currently accepting new clients. The site also includes a social networking aspect.</li>
<li><a href="http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Janet Reid, Literary Agent</a> writes another excellent blog. Crime fiction is her specialty, but many of her posts concern all types of fiction.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Publishing and Business</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.publishersweekly.com/&quot; target="_blank">Publishers Weekly</a> is the bible of the publishing world with a lot of free material on its site and free e-newsletters.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/&quot; target="_blank">Writer Beware</a> compiles information about scam agents and publishers across genres for writers in any country.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/&quot; target="_blank">Publishers Marketplace</a> keeps track of publishing deals.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/&quot; target="_blank">Galley Cat</a> is a blog about the publishing industry.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">The Book Deal</a> is written by a consulting editor who looks at the industry and the many changes happening there.</li>
<li><a href="http://janefriedman.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Jane Friedman</a> focuses on digital changes in publishing and how authors can navigate them.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">The Creative Penn</a> is a blog that approaches writing as an entrepreneurial venture.</li>
<li><a href="http://publishingperspectives.com/&quot; target="_blank">Publishing Perspectives</a> takes on the global publishing world.</li>
<li><a href="http://bestsellerlabs.com/&quot; target="_blank">Bestseller Labs</a> offers tips from bestselling writer Jonathan Gunson on how to get published and how to get more readers.</li>
<li><a href="http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writers and Authors</a> offers tips on building an audience and provides a space for writers to network.</li>
<li><a href="http://pred-ed.com/&quot; target="_blank">Preditors &amp; Editors</a> is an old and trusted site that contains resources about publishers, agents, scams, workshops and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.burryman.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Burry Man Writers Center</a> has a focus on Scotland but is a global site with many resources on the business of writing as well as other aspects.</li>
<li><a href="http://kriswrites.com/freelancers-survival-guide-table-of-contents/#sthash.xEiVt4tM.dpbs&quot; target="_blank">The Freelancer’s Survival Guide</a> is an entire free book online about how to survive as a freelancer.</li>
<li><a href="http://thefutureofink.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Future of Ink</a> It was founded by Denise Wakeman and Ellen Britt with the hopes of becoming THE authority site for entrepreneurs looking for info on digital publishing.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Books and Such</a> is an agency that helps authors build careers. The blog on their website is written by literary agents and is full of great content for aspiring and seasoned authors alike.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Editor and Agent Blogs</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://blog.nathanbransford.com/&quot; target="_blank">Nathan Bransford</a> is an author and former literary agents who has one of the best sites on the web about writing and publishing.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.rachellegardner.com/&quot; target="_blank">Rachelle Gardner</a> is a literary agent who maintains a terrific site with advice on writing and publishing.</li>
<li><a href="http://agentinthemiddle.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Agent in the Middle</a> is a blog by agent Lori Perkins.</li>
<li><a href="http://jennybent.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Bent on Books</a> includes posts from all agents at the Jenny Bent Agency.</li>
<li><a href="http://nelsonagency.com/pub-rants/&quot; target="_blank">Pub Rants</a> is agent Kristen Nelson’s blog with excellent advise on the business side of publishing.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Editors</strong>
<ul>
<li><a class="broken_link" href="https://www.nunabooks.com/&quot; target="_blank">Nuna</a> offer editing services for every genre – they also offer a sample edit, so you can choose the right editor for you.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.hemingwayapp.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Hemingway App</a> – a free online resource where you can place a piece of writing online and the Hemingway App will highlight areas that need editing – it even gives suggestions.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Cover Design</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.ccrbookcoverdesign.com/&quot; target="_blank">CCR Book Cover Design</a> is a pre-made book cover site (US Based)</li>
<li><a href="http://www.thecovercollection.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Cover Collection</a> is also a pre-made book cover site (UK based)</li>
<li><a href="http://www.goonwrite.com/&quot; target="_blank">Humble Nations</a> is also a pre-made book cover site that also takes commissions</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Self-Publishing</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing</a> is the blog of writer J.A. Konrath; he is considered one of the leading voices in self-publishing.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.thebookdesigner.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Book Designer</a> has had a long career in book design, printing and typesetting, and he turns that into excellent advice for the self-publisher.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Independent Publisher Magazine</a> takes a global perspective on self-publishing.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.publetariat.com/&quot; target="_blank">Publetariat</a> is a news hub and online community for self-publishers.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Where to Self Publish</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.createspace.com/&quot; target="_blank">Create Space</a> is a Print on Demand publisher and is an Amazon Company, you can also publish on kindle from this site</li>
<li><a href="https://kdp.amazon.com/&quot; target="_blank">Kindle Direct Publishing</a> is Amazon’s kindle publishing arm</li>
<li><a href="https://www.smashwords.com/&quot; target="_blank">Smashwords</a> is another ebook publisher/distributor.  They distribute ebooks to online retailers other than Amazon, such as Barnes and Noble and libraries.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.bookbaby.com/&quot; target="_blank">BookBaby</a> is an ebook publisher that can also help with other aspects of publishing (editing etc)</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Book Marketing</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://bookmarketingtools.com/&quot; target="_blank">Book Marketing Tools</a> a brilliant site for book marketing, including a blog and Tips and tricks along with tools and checklists</li>
<li><a href="http://bookmarketingtools.com/blog/category/hangout/&quot; target="_blank">The Author Hangout</a> is a Google hangout by Book Marketing Tools where they have authors and experts come and talk about writing, publishing and Marketing</li>
<li><a href="http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/&quot; target="_blank">Marketing Tips for Authors</a> is an outstanding blog where she shares book marketing and publishing tips</li>
<li><a href="http://www.amarketingexpert.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Author Marketing Experts</a> is a book marketing blog</li>
<li><a href="http://www.authormedia.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Author Media</a> focuses mainly on growing your online platform</li>
<li><a class="broken_link" href="http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Fire and Ice Virtual Book Tours</a> organises virtual Blog tours for Authors.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Creativity, Inspiration and Writing Prompts</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://thewritepractice.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Write Practice</a> focuses on daily practices to build skill and creativity.</li>
<li><a href="http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writing Prompts</a> are the prompts that a teacher uses in class, and here, he shares them with readers.</li>
<li><a href="http://procrastinatingwritersblog.com/&quot; target="_blank">Procrastinating Writers</a> is for writers who struggle with blocks and motivation.</li>
<li><a href="http://thecourage2create.com/&quot; target="_blank">Courage to Create</a> details one man’s struggle to finish his first novel.</li>
<li><a href="http://danishapiro.com/category/blog/moments-of-being/&quot; target="_blank">Dani Shapiro</a> is an author who muses on her blog about the challenges and epiphanies of the writing life.</li>
<li><a href="http://writersinspire.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Great Writers Inspire</a> is primarily designed as a resource for students and teachers, but may also be of interest to novelists wishing to ground themselves in some of the great works of literature.</li>
<li><a href="http://theodoragoss.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Theodora Goss</a> is a fantasy writer who blogs about her inspirations and how to balance writing with the other demands of life.</li>
<li><a class="broken_link" href="http://itstartswith.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">It Starts With</a> uses psychology to inspire and motivate writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://positivewriter.com/&quot; target="_blank">Positive Writer</a> focuses on self-doubt and confidence-building for writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.inspiredbylifeandfiction.com/&quot; target="_blank">Inspired by Life and Fiction</a> brings together ten novelists who write about the things that stir their imaginations.</li>
<li><a href="http://thewritersalleys.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Writers Alley</a> features writers from around the world offering inspiration with a Christian slant.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.theprocrastiwriter.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Procrastiwriter</a> gives advice on how to avoid procrastination and fit writing into a busy life.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.advicetowriters.com/&quot; target="_blank">Advice to Writers</a> inspires via a quote of the day from famous writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.pantheon.org/mythica.html&quot; target="_blank">Encyclopedia Mythica</a> is an online encyclopedia of myth, folklore and religion that can be a wonderful resource for story ideas in all genres.</li>
<li><a href="http://writers-den.pantomimepony.co.uk/writers-plot-ideas.php&quot; target="_blank">Writers Plot Idea Generator</a> also has exercise prompts, character profile generators, plot twist generators, first lines and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://750words.com/&quot; target="_blank">750 Words</a> is a site inspired by the book <i>The Artist’s Way</i> that gives writers the opportunity to do the <a href="http://www.nownovel.com/blog/morning-pages-how-to-make-them-work/&quot; target="_blank">morning pages exercise </a>privately and online with a progress tracker.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Workshops and Forums</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.critters.org/index.php&quot; target="_blank">Critters Workshop</a> began as a free workshop for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers, but now it covers all genres.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/&quot; target="_blank">Absolute Write forums</a> cover novels as well as other forms of writing, and are an invaluable source of information from other professionals and aspiring writers about the publishing business, the craft of writing and more.</li>
<li><a href="https://www.awpwriter.org/&quot; target="_blank">Association of Writers &amp; Writing Programs</a> has a database of hundred of programmes and conferences for writers plus news, contests, articles and more.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>General Writing Advice</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.writersdigest.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writer’s Digest</a> is one of the best and oldest resources for writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://absolutewrite.com/&quot; target="_blank">Absolute Write Blog</a> is related to the forum of the same name and offers a similar scope of information in the form of longer-form posts.</li>
<li><a href="http://nanowrimo.org/&quot; target="_blank">NaNoWriMo</a> challenges writers to complete a 50,000 word first draft in a month during November.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.booklifenow.com/&quot; target="_blank">Booklife Now</a> is a general guide to both the craft of writing and the publishing industry across genres.</li>
<li><a href="http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Terrible Minds</a> is the popular blog of writer Chuck Wendig who shares his observations on publishing and writing technique.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Advanced Fiction Writing Blog</a> is where Randy Ingermanson, inventor of the snowflake method of writing, blogs about technique and the business of writing.</li>
<li><a href="http://litreactor.com/&quot; target="_blank">Litreactor</a> offers online classes, essays on craft and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.novelrocket.com/&quot; target="_blank">Novel Rocket</a> is a site that teaches visitors how to write a novel through guest posts and author interviews.</li>
<li><a href="http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writers in the Storm</a> features professional writers across a variety of genres blogging about their craft and specialties.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.firstnovelsclub.com/&quot; target="_blank">First Novels Club</a> is a blog with a particular focus on children’s and YA writing, but it looks at other types of fiction as well.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.shewrites.com/&quot; target="_blank">She Writes</a> offers women writers a social network, community blog and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.writingforward.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writing Forward</a> covers grammar, creativity and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://lisagardner.com/writers-toolbox&quot; target="_blank">The Writer’s Toolbox</a> is written by a best-selling suspense novelist who offers articles on the writing process.</li>
<li><a href="http://blog.janicehardy.com/&quot; target="_blank">Fiction University</a> features experienced writers as guest bloggers.</li>
<li><a href="http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Kristen Lamb’s Blog</a> covers everything from dialogue to social media for writers and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://bksp.org/&quot; target="_blank">Backspace</a> has many resources including a subscription-only forum for writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://referenceforwriters.tumblr.com/&quot; target="_blank">Reference for Writers</a> looks at all aspects and genres of writing as well as having an enormous variety of resources for researching everything from dragons to EMS workers to American life in the 1990s and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://crimsonleague.com/&quot; target="_blank">Creative Writing with the Crimson League</a> offers writing advice from fantasy author Victoria Grefer.</li>
<li><a href="http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/">The Blood-Red Pencil</a> has a large blogging team of editors and writers providing writing advice.</li>
<li><a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/draft/&quot; target="_blank">Draft</a> is a writing blog hosted by The New York Times and written by a multidisciplinary group of editors, linguists, historians and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://fictionfactor.com/&quot; target="_blank">Fiction Factor</a> is a massive writing resource covering many topics.</li>
<li><a href="http://writetodone.com/&quot; target="_blank">Write to Done</a> looks at techniques for fiction among other types of writing.</li>
<li><a class="broken_link" href="http://writershelpingwriters.net/&quot; target="_blank">Writers Helping Writers</a> takes topic suggestions as well as publishing guest posts from many different types of writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://writerunboxed.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writer Unboxed</a> features many different writers discussing techniques in fiction writing as well as the business side.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/&quot; target="_blank">Helping Writers Become Authors</a> offers inspiration and advice on characterisation, structure, editing and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.livewritethrive.com/&quot; target="_blank">Live Write Thrive</a> offers writing advice from writer and editor C.S. Lakin.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.aliventures.com/&quot; target="_blank">Aliventures</a> covers different types of writing including fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://howtoplanwriteanddevelopabook.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book</a> covers everything from structure to staying motivated and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Jody Hedlund</a> examines many aspects of writing successful fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.novelpublicity.com/category/advice/&quot; target="_blank">Novel Publicity &amp; Co.</a> includes a lot of information about promoting your novel but also covers many how-to writing topics.</li>
<li><a href="http://moodywriting.blogspot.in/&quot; target="_blank">Moody Writing</a> examines scene, character, structure and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.writersfm.com/writersfm/&quot; target="_blank">Writers FM</a> is a radio station for writers with interviews, music and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://storytellersunplugged.com/&quot; target="_blank">Storytellers Unplugged</a> features a roster of 30 writers, booksellers, publishing professionals and others – one for each day of the month – blogging on the art, the craft and the business.</li>
<li><a href="http://whataboutwriting.tumblr.com/&quot; target="_blank">What About Writing</a> is a blog with articles, challenges and more as well as an ask box and a Writer of the Month competition.</li>
<li><a href="http://mywriterscircle.com/&quot; target="_blank">My Writer’s Circle</a> is an active forum about writing.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.writing.ie/&quot; target="_blank">Writing.ie</a> bills itself as the home of Irish writing online but actually has an enormous number of writers for writers and readers in every genre and country.</li>
<li><a href="http://writingwhilethericeboils.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writing While the Rice Boils</a> is a terrific blog that includes resources, interviews, reviews, writing advice and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.authormagazine.org/index.html&quot; target="_blank">Author</a> is the online magazine of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in the United States, but it has articles and other information of interest to writers worldwide.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.inkpageant.com/&quot; target="_blank">inkPageant</a> curates blog posts on writing, and writers can submit their own posts for the site as well as searching by subject matter.</li>
<li><a href="https://www.standoutbooks.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Standoutbooks Blog</a> Standout books is a fantastic site for writing and publishing tips as well as marketing.</li>
<li><a href="http://goinswriter.com/&quot; target="_blank">Jeff Goins</a> shares insights about  writing,  publishing,  marketing  and anything else he thinks of on his blog.</li>
<li><a href="http://writetodone.com/&quot; target="_blank">Write to Done</a> is about learning to write better. They cover everything from copywriting to creative writing and everything both in between and beyond.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/&quot; target="_blank">Helping Writers become Authors</a> shares quality posts that teach authors how to write great novels. I also encourage you to download her free eBook on character development</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Grammar and Language</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl&quot; target="_blank">Grammar Girl</a> explains language and usage in an entertaining manner at her blog.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html&quot; target="_blank">The Chicago Manual of Style</a> is the style guide used by most of the book publishing industry.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.dailywritingtips.com/&quot; target="_blank">Daily Writing Tips</a> looks at topics like usage, spelling, vocabulary and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.grammarbook.com/&quot; target="_blank">Grammar Book</a> has usage rules, quizzes and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.wordhippo.com/&quot; target="_blank">Word Hippo</a> generates word origins, synonyms, antonyms, translations, tenses, rhyming words, various parts of speech, names and more.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Romance, Women’s Fiction and Chicklit</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://romanceuniversity.org/&quot; target="_blank">Romance University</a> is a site for romance writers that focuses on writing, business and psychology.</li>
<li><a href="http://romancedivas.com/&quot; target="_blank">Romance Divas</a> is an award-winning blog about writing romance.</li>
<li><a href="http://mfrw.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Marketing for Romance Writers</a> covers romance marketing and other aspects of writing romance novels.</li>
<li><a href="http://theaspiringromancewriters.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Aspiring Romance Writer’s Blog</a> gives aspiring writers tips from established and beginning novelists.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.romancejunkies.com/&quot; target="_blank">Romance Junkies</a> is a huge site that includes reviews, interviews, contests, articles on the craft of writing and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://romancebandits.com/category/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Romance Bandits</a> has 17 writers blogging about the industry. The rest of the site includes news, prizes and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.novelicious.com/&quot; target="_blank">Novelicious</a> is a blog for readers and writers of women’s fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://womensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Women’s Fiction Writers</a> is a blog for and by women fiction writers.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Literary Fiction</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://fictionaut.com/blog&quot; target="_blank">Fictionaut</a> is a blog with writing advice, interviews and more focused on literary fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://marksarvas.blogs.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Elegant Variation</a> takes a look at the contemporary literary fiction scene.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.storyinliteraryfiction.com/&quot; target="_blank">Story in Literary Fiction</a> covers the art and craft of writing literary fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://fictioneditorsopinions.com/&quot; target="_blank">Editor’s Opinion Blog</a> examines various elements of literary fiction writing including characterisation, setting and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://wordswithoutborders.org/&quot; target="_blank">Words Without Borders</a> focuses on translation and international literature.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Crime, Mystery and Thrillers</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.iacw.org/&quot; target="_blank">International Association of Crime Writers</a> is a global organisation for those who write in the genre.</li>
<li><a href="http://thrillerwriters.org/&quot; target="_blank">International Thriller Writers</a> brings together writers of thrillers from all over the world.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.sistersincrime.org/&quot; target="_blank">Sisters in Crime</a> is an organisation for women who write in the genre with branches worldwide.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.jungleredwriters.com/&quot; target="_blank">Jungle Red Writers</a> is a blog for mystery writers and readers by seven women crime writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://elizabethspanncraig.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Elizabeth Spann Craig</a> blogs about writing mysteries.</li>
<li><a href="http://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Confessions of a Mystery Novelist</a> is the blog of a mystery writer and professor who examines writing and reading in the genre.</li>
<li><a href="http://7criminalminds.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Criminal Minds</a> features crime writers responding to a different reader question on writing, crime fiction and publishing each day.</li>
<li><a href="http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Writer’s Forensics Blog</a> is written by a medical doctor for crime writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Detectives Beyond Borders</a> is an award-winning blog that focuses on worldwide crime fiction.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.sfwa.org/&quot; target="_blank">SFWA</a> is the site for the Science Fiction Writers of America, but even for writers outside of the United States, the site itself has a number of excellent resources for novelists interested in working in this genre.</li>
<li><a href="http://horror.org/&quot; target="_blank">The Horror Writer’s Association</a> aims to have a more international scope than SWFA and also has resources available at its site for non-members.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.sfnovelists.com/&quot; target="_blank">Science Fiction &amp; Fantasy Novelists</a> is a writing advice blog is maintained by a group of successful genre writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://worldbuildingrules.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Worldbuilding Rules</a> offers advice for fantasy and science fiction writers on creating plausible worlds.</li>
<li><a href="http://writerandcritic.podbean.com/&quot; target="_blank">The Writer and the Critic</a> is a podcast that focuses on speculative fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.tor.com/&quot; target="_blank">Tor Books</a> is a major publisher of science fiction and fantasy, and their site is an enormous resource of blog posts, links, original fiction and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.locusmag.com/&quot; target="_blank">Locus</a> is the trade news magazine of the science fiction and fantasy publishing world.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/&quot; target="_blank">This is Horror</a> is an excellent site for keeping up with news and reviews of horror fiction.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Children’s and YA</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.scbwi.org/&quot; target="_blank">Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators</a> is an international organisation for authors of children’s literature.</li>
<li><a href="http://scbwi.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">SCBWI Blog</a> is the society’s blog.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/&quot; target="_blank">Adventures in YA Publishing</a> covers all aspects of writing for young adults.</li>
<li><a href="http://kidlit.com/&quot; target="_blank">Kidlit</a> is all about writing and reading middle-grade and YA fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.yahighway.com/&quot; target="_blank">YA Highway</a> is where YA novelists write about the field.</li>
<li><a href="http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Justine Larbalestier</a> is a YA novelist who blogs about writing in genre.</li>
<li><a href="http://inkygirl.com/&quot; target="_blank">Inky Girl</a> features writer Debbie Ridpath Ohi on writing YA and children’s fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://yaconfidential.blogspot.ca/&quot; target="_blank">YA Confidential</a> focuses on writing for teens and current YA novels.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.literaryrambles.com/&quot; target="_blank">Literary Rambles</a> looks at YA publishing, writing and agents.</li>
</ul>
<p>&nbsp;</p><strong>Historical</strong>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://historicalnovelsociety.org/&quot; target="_blank">Historical Novel Society</a> is devoted to the appreciation of the historical novel and includes many resources.</li>
<li><a href="http://writinghistoricalnovels.com/&quot; target="_blank">Writing Historical Novels</a> is written by a rotating cast of established novelists.</li>
<li><a href="http://awriterofhistory.com/&quot; target="_blank">A Writer of History</a> offers advice on writing historical fiction as well as interviews with readers.</li>
<li><a href="http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">English History Authors</a> is a blog about English history by historical fiction writers.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham</a> is a blog by a historical novelist that focuses on late medieval and Tudor history and the craft and genre of historical fiction.</li>
<li><a href="http://queenanneboleyn.com/&quot; target="_blank">Queen Anne Boleyn</a> is a blog for historical novelists of all periods and places that includes writing groups, reenactment groups and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://readingthepast.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank">Reading the Past</a> is a blog about the historical fiction genre and includes reviews, publishing news and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://sharonkaypenman.com/blog/&quot; target="_blank">Sharon Kay Penman</a> is one of the top novelists of historical fiction, and she interviews other writers of historical fiction as well as discussing the genre on her blog.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.stephiesmith.com/resources.html&quot; target="_blank">Stephie Smith</a> lists an enormous number of historical resources for writers.</li>
<li><a href="https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/&quot; target="_blank">Jane Austen’s World</a> is a blog about the Regency period.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.historicalnovels.info/&quot; target="_blank">Historical Novels</a> lists thousands of novels divided by time period and location and also includes reviews and interviews.</li>
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