Writing Resources

I’ve found the following resources invaluable in furthering my writing goals.

Software
Scrivener – Content generation tool, including researching, outlining, word processing, and manuscript preparation.
Freemind – Mind mapping software for brainstorming story points.
Aeon Timeline – A timeline tool for creative thinking to capture, create, and explore ideas. Here is my blog post about it.

Podcasts
Writing Excuses – Writing podcast with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Grammar tips from Mignon Fogerty (Grammar Girl)

Books
Story Engineering

, Larry Brooks – Identifies the elements of story and how to master them
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing

, Evan Marshall – Another book on story elements and structure
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

, Donald Maass – Topic-centered focus on elements of story
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

, Renni Browne and David King – A book on editing your manuscript
Mastering Point of View

, Sherri Szeman – A book dedicated to controlling point of view.
Writing to Sell

, Scott Meredith – The author was a New York publishing agent, who represented Arthur C. Clarke among others
Many Genres, One Craft, edited by Michael A. Arnzen & Heidi Ruby Miller – This book is modeled on the Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. I’ve heard several of these professors give workshops, and this book is an excellent writing resource

Website Creation
wpbeginner.com – An excellent site to get started with WordPress.
wordpress.com – A free site to host a WordPress blog/site.
SiteBeginner.com – Reid McKiernan reached out to me and recommends this as a great guide for authors looking into creating a blog for self publishing, experimentation or marketing.

As I encounter more writing resources, I’ll add them to the page.

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