Recommending Resources for Writers

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Userphoto7 original Reader Writer · Reader · edited 1 day ago
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27fe5424ca07cb54a91803a77e7bbf1e Quincy Z. Gunderson · Author · added 18 days ago
This isn’t specific to writing, but this guy’s work addresses the creative process and living a happy life.  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s "Flow" is a great book that can teach you how to overcome creative blocks.  I’m including a link to a portion of his recent TED talk below.

https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow


27fe5424ca07cb54a91803a77e7bbf1e Quincy Z. Gunderson · Author · edited 1 day ago · 1 like
Great stuff in this thread so far!  I have to second ( or third or fourth, as the case may be) Stephen King’s "On Writing," WriterUnboxed.com, and WritersDigest.com.  I’m reading "Author In Progress" now, which is edited by Therese Walsh and features contributions from the WriterUnboxed community.

I happen to know a couple published authors, so I try to put my stuff in front of them.  I’m working on my first science fiction novel, and have been sending drafts to my brother for input.  He’s an even bigger science fiction and comic book nerd than I am, and he’s been helpful with questions and providing comparisons to previous works I wasn’t aware of and would likely have never found on my own.  Some of the most helpful notes have come from friends who aren’t particularly devoted to science fiction and aren’t familiar with the tropes, because they provide fresher eyes than the science fiction converts.  

Userphoto1 original Reader Writer · Reader · added 22 days ago
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Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited about 16 hours ago · 6 likes
And if you can, be sure to check out the video series from the delightful and talented @Donna Fung , "Coming Clean on Crowdfunding" on YouTube. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyij8KsiwndSSI6sSvBhE8w 
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
Great add, thank you, Rochelle!
Cats were gods egypt Rochelle Campbell · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Hi Everyone, By Your Side Self-Publishing are great book formatters!  Dana even assisted me when my cover artist did not finish some minor edits in a timely fashion.  Can’t recommend this great resource enough. She’s patient and helpful.  She provides editing and social media tutorials and assistance as well. http://www.byyoursideselfpub.com/
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · added 4 months ago
Thanks everyone, great info getting collected here. I’d also like to add -- if anyone is looking for someone to do a cover, check out Charlene Maguire at www.shapeshifterstudios.com

Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited 1 day ago · 6 likes
For those who haven’t read it yet, Stephen King’s "On Writing" is excellent. Helping Writers’ Become Authors has a mix of articles (and a podcast).  Writer Unboxed has some excellent articles. There’s also a lot of information on The Creative Penn.
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 20 days ago · 1 like
@Paul Inman  Thanks for the add. Sounds like a great resource.
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited 20 days ago · 1 like
@Paul Inman Thank you, I will check it out sometime!
Endor paul Paul Inman · Author · edited 22 days ago · 7 likes
For any who doesn’t know, @JF Dubeau  and I do a podcast called WriteBrain. It’s about writing and crowdfunded publishing, which started out following our journey through Inkshares. Check it out on iTunes or at www.jfdubeau.com/writebrain  

Enjoy! 
Bv2pz94r Blake Arthur Peel · Author · edited 22 days ago · 6 likes
Susan, there are some great podcasts that you should listen to when you have a chance. The first one is Writing Excuses, which was started by Brandon Sanderson. The second one is the Creative Writing Career Podcast. Both have lots of content on how to improve your writing and make a career out of it. Good luck with everything!
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · edited 22 days ago · 3 likes

One person I pay a lot of attention to is Donald Maass, from Donald Maass Literary Agency. He’s written several books and frequently contributes articles to Writer Unboxed and other groups, but I think my go-to book from him right now is The Breakout Novelist. That book is a quasi-compilation of much of Maass’s earlier works and is written to be a sort-of story doctor for when you get stuck or jammed in a novel.

 

One thing I find particularly useful about the book is the extensive series of exercises. I’m not always a big fan of exercises in books on writing, but the intent of a lot of Maass’s exercises is to get you to think deeper about the major parts of the story, characters, plot, theme, setting etc. as opposed to ‘write two paragraphs on x.’ 

 

Having had a chance to go through a developmental edit with Girl Friday Productions as well, many of the exercises are directly relatable to issues that my developmental editor mentioned, like the nine-tenths of character details and timeline issues that probably don’t even make it directly into the novel, but which are important to know since they can be obliquely referenced to give added depth. Aside from reading the book, the worksheets and all the exercises are freely available through Writer’s Digest at http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/improve-my-writing/breakout-worksheets.

 

I’ve gone through a couple of other books by Maass as well (currently enjoying The Emotional Craft of Fiction) but I’d have to say that The Breakout Novelist is my favorite so far.

Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Thanks, Luke! Between the two, there will hopefully be lots of different resources and recommendations for everyone.
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited 22 days ago · 3 likes
I do believe we can also create a great resource. I started a forum a while back titled "Strategy Guide" for the writers to use and share their ideas and successes.
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · added 5 months ago

Hi Alistair, you’re welcome -- I think this could be expanded to books and software, etc. Those are all resources we might be able to use, so if you have some, please share.


Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · edited 5 months ago · 1 like
Great topic, thanks for putting this forward. Do you want to limit the discussion to people, or expand it to books, courses, software etc? Just thinking that I’ve got a couple of go-to books that are pretty much near to hand through much of the writing process and would be glad to share, although maybe starting a different thread could be useful.
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 22 days ago · 6 likes
Wanted to start this as maybe a resource for writers looking for external resources. I know Inkshares does a lot of great stuff but some people may need or want other resources to help with their books: editors, artists, etc.

So I wanted to put it out there... have you worked with folks who you would recommend? 

I’ll start with one -- Kellie Morin-Araujo is a great editing/proofreading resource, and you can reach her at editedbykellie 

(okay for some reason, the email isn’t coming through -- it is editedbykellie "at" gmail . com)