“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”― Stephen King
First, Some Words of Advice
- Write every day (even if it is only a paragraph).
- Read, read, and read. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. Know what is happening in your genre and feed your soul.
- Guard your writing time.
- Be consistent.
- Spend a little time on social media each day. Build a supportive community. Be generous.
- Have your work professionally edited–by more than one editor (content and line-by-line editors).
- If you don’t write, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back to it.
Writing Journal Idea
Keep a journal to jot down ideas. Keep notes on characters, allusions, symbols, plot points, scenes, etc.
After using blank journals for a few of my novels, I developed my own journal filled with graphic organizers.
Several writers who I’d been working with asked me for all of my organizational material, so I turned it into a workbook for everyone to use. Prompt Me Novel: Fiction Writing Journal.
I use one of these for each of my writing projects. It keeps me organized and pushing forward.
Try to write each day to help with continuity in your larger projects. If you can’t, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back at it.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”― Louis L’Amour
General Writing Resources
- Twenty-two Lessons on writing from Stephen King.
- Why Are Editors so Expensive? by Belinda Pollard
- “Self-publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know” via CNET Considering self-publishing a book? CNET’s David Carnoy discusses the ins and outs of what it’s all about.
- Room Planner. Once in a while, I need to map out a room to make it concrete in my head. Two benefits: 1. You won’t give wonky description as to who is where 2. You have a cool extra to post.
- “How to Respond to Negative Reviews” by Beth Revis. Click here. I LOVE this article!
- Writer’s Jargon. Commonly used publishing lingo: Writing Terms & Abbreviations.
- An amazing list of resources from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
- Word Count 101: How many words are in a novel, novella, novelette, and much much more.
- Author Collaboration. Planning on writing a book with someone? Read this article for some great tips: “How to Collaborate on Writing without Killing Each Other” by Josh Bernoff.
- Get Smarter. Did you know that you can increase your IQ with creative writing? Check out the article.
- “Money Saving Guide for Authors & Writers” is a fabulous collection of information for everything from college scholarships, career options, working with editors, to organizations for writers and authors. (Thanks Dorian & Michele for the recommendation)
- Writer Resume Example (Full Guide & Examples for 2022)
- Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics (Thanks to Laura Henne and her amazing Senior Scouts for the suggestion)
Do it Yourself and Save Your Money
- US Copyright Office. You can apply for your own copyright, it isn’t hard. Honestly, if you make a mistake, they will contact you. They are very nice.
- QR Code Generator. Don’t pay to have someone do it for you. This is easy and free! And this one allows you to add a picture to the QR code. I love this option because I can tell them apart visually, as well as, with the file name Thank you Kindlepreneur!
- New Author Checklist: 10 Things to Do. You finished your manuscript. You’ve published or are about to publish. Here’s a list of 10 things you need to do now.
- Creative Commons Licenses. The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates.
- How to start a Blog. 12 steps to a well-planned blog with links to help put it together.
- Twitter. My list of 7 Easy Twitter Tips.
- Social Media Scheduling. I use www.HootSuite.com to schedule my posts for the future.
- How to create a website. Great step-by-step instructions.
- 3 Reasons I Love Pinterest–and why you should be using it as a writer.
- Author Central Links. If you want an author page on Amazon, you need to manage it. Here are the links and instructions for the following sites: U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.
- +127 OF THE TOP FREE AND PAID BOOK PROMOTION SITES via Dave at Kindlepreneur. This a great list of resources to promote free and sale days.
- KDROIV2: Okay, this one is paid, but I use it and it’s a huge time saver. If you are running a book promotion, you can fill out one form and it will sent it out to 30+ promotion sites. This is just one of the functions, and I love it.
Accuracy in Writing
Templates, Formatting, & Graphic Design
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Naming Your Characters
- My blog post on naming characters: What’s in a Name?
- Behind the Name: First Names. Give your novel more depth by choosing names carefully. Find out about the etymology here.
- Behind the Name: Surnames (Last): History of last names divided by nationality.
- Patron Saints names and their patronage.
- Name Generator for character names and a personality profile based on Meyers Briggs (so fun!).
- Name generator based on gender and nationality.
- Fantasy Name Generator. Okay, this is just for fun, but once in a while I need to take a break.
Find Some Good Writing Blogs to Follow
- Jane Friedman: A leading expert in the publishing industry who gives tons of free tips and tricks. Her newsletter is filled with fabulous free resources.
- Kindlepreneur: Fabulous articles and free tools. spend some time on this site.
- K.M. Weiland: Great resources on the craft of writing and marketing your work.
- Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tricks.
- Jami Gold: Great worksheets on developing your story, characters, and more.
- Russel Blake: Writing advice and what is happening in the publishing world.
WORD LISTS: Other Words For…
Now some people argue that you shouldn’t use synonyms, especially with the word “said”. Here is a great article on Arguments for Using Synonyms.
- Other Words for Whisper and Went Blog Post and printable PDF for personal use.
- Other Words for SAID & WALK Blog Post with printable PDF.
- Other Words for Asked, Replied, Sat, Was, & Laugh Blog Post with PDF.
- Other Words for LOOK
- Words for Tastes & Aromas: Add sensory words to your writing.
- There are master lists in the back of all of my Prompt Me books.
- Join my mailing list for access to my Writer’s Tool Kit. I have exclusive printable lists for you, plus a free book.
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