Recommending Resources for Writers

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20800051 10154904360058634 481838643385855497 n Elena Stofle · Inksharesian · edited about 1 month ago · 1 like
Spam Note: WOAH! Sorry about that everyone! That definitely shouldn’t be in the forums ;) We are currently working on a fix to prevent robots from spamming our site.
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
Part two of my masterclass posts is up : what to put in your book proposal. https://robertbatten.net/2017/09/23/contents-of-a-book-proposal/
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 3 months ago · 3 likes
If anyone is looking for an editor (outside of Inkshares) I’ve had a wonderful experience with Story Perfect editing. They do a wide variety of editing from development to proofreading. I’d highly recommend you check them out if you’re looking: www.storyperfectediting.com 

Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
If any of you are also interested in someday publishing with a traditional imprint (and in suggesting that I’m not trying to diminish Inkshares — I’ve been very happy with my Inkshares journey so far) you may be interested in my latest blog post: https://robertbatten.net/2017/09/15/getting-your-manuscript-published/

I attended a masterclass and received permission to share the contents of my notes from the session. This post provides some info on how traditional publishing is structured and strategies for approaching editors. I’ll be doing another post in the near future looking at territorial rights and structuring a book proposal.
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited 3 months ago · 2 likes
@Brian Marsden — I’d love to hear how you go with Manuskript. Looks like it is an open source take on Scrivener, but with a few features Scrivener doesn’t have (I’m looking at you timeline).
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited 3 months ago · 2 likes
More spam @Elena Stofle 
 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Thanks Elena!
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Thank you Elena!
20800051 10154904360058634 481838643385855497 n Elena Stofle · Inksharesian · edited 28 days ago · 4 likes
Hi Everyone, Sorry about that! I have deleted the spammy comments and all the accounts associated with them. Let me know if you have issues in the future! 
 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Spam in this thread is getting pretty excessive...
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
@C. Brennecke thanks for the copy to @Thad Woodman . I’ve mentioned the unusual posts to @Joseph Terzieva but we may not be able to delete them.
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
I do not, Brian. Sorry I don’t have any insights.
Lxftacps Brian Marsden · Author · edited 3 months ago · 3 likes
I’m going to try out Manuskript (http://www.theologeek.ch/manuskript/ ). 
Anybody had experience with it? 
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited 3 months ago · 4 likes
As for the topic at hand, my writing website just launched a section called the Research-a-Torium - a place built just for writers to do research and learn how to research better.
We’re still building it up and adding content based on user input. Please check it out and send us some research requests!
 http://indiepenink.com/citadel/research-a-torium
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited 4 months ago · 3 likes
@Thad Woodman - looks like we have some escort services spam straight below...
162980 10150347252315626 6077063 n Joseph Terzieva · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
Hi @Susan K. Hamilton Unfortunately. I don’t think I have the ability to delete posts in a thread.
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
@Evan Graham there only seems to be the one odd spam in the thread but agree. Hopefully people will continue to post resources they see as valuable as opposed to general commentary. @Joseph Terzieva , @A.C. Weston is there a way to delete an individual post to a thread if it is totally off topic?
 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Methinks this thread is in need of some spam cleansing
27fe5424ca07cb54a91803a77e7bbf1e Quincy Z. Gunderson · Author · added 6 months 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 6 months 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.  

Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · edited 3 months ago · 5 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 9 months ago · 2 likes
Great add, thank you, Rochelle!
Cats were gods egypt Rochelle Campbell · Author · edited 10 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 10 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 3 months ago · 9 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 6 months ago · 1 like
@Paul Inman  Thanks for the add. Sounds like a great resource.
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited 6 months ago · 1 like
@Paul Inman Thank you, I will check it out sometime!
Endor paul Paul Inman · Author · edited 6 months 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! 
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · edited 4 months ago · 4 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 10 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 6 months 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 10 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 10 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 6 months 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)