Tag Archives: advice

November Quote Week #1

“My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.” – Elmore Leonard

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Writer’s Resource: Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion for Writers is a place where writers help other writers, all with the goal of getting published.

Everything, from the discussion boards to the classes, are free.

A couple years ago they added a section for the Indie publishing industry due to the changes in self-publication

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Writer Beware

Writer Beware

Writer Beware is dedicated to educating writers, established and aspiring, of questionable practices within the publishing world. It is operated by the previously mentioned Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with support from Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association.

There may be some overlap with a site I mentioned a while ago, Preditors and Editors, but Writer Beware covers a wide range of topics, from publishing scams, advise on the realistic expectations of publication, and resources for legal action.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Brandon Sanderson Lectures

Write About Dragons

Brandon Sanderson, a SF/F writer most known for his Mistborn series and finishing the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series, is also a teacher at BYU.

The link brings you to a series of lectures recorded over a semester’s course.  It is not Sanderson’s website, but a former student’s, Scott Ashton, who made the recording as a part of gaining his Masters.

There are actually two sets of lectures, one from 2012, the other 2013, but from different courses. Since Sanderson does teach both, expect some overlap on topics.

The site does not work well with IE, so if you don’t have/want to download Mozilla Firefox or Chrome, here is a link to the YouTube versions.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writers Resource: SFWA

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

I’ve mentioned SFWA in a few posts in relation to magazine submissions.  SFWA is a professional organization for science fiction and fantasy writers founded in 1965. There are some privileges afford to members only, but the website is a gold mine of information. Even for those who don’t write SF/F.

There are resources for educators and readers, a blog, they sponsor Writer Beware, provide links to craft tips and tools, and host the Nebula Awards.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writers Resource: Snowflake Guy

Snowflake Guy

Randy Ingermanson, “the snowflake guy,” runs the Advanced Fiction Writing site.  There, he details his snowflake method for outlining/drafting a novel, which is what he is most well-known for.

He provides some free tools, including the snowflake method and an e-zine.

If it seems like the snowflake method might work for you, he offers a software program based on the steps.  That part you have to pay to get.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Query Shark

Query Shark

If you have decided to go the traditional publishing route, an agent is a very useful person to have on your side.  To get an agent, you need a query letter, that thing that says pretty please, will you read my story.

Agents go through oodles of query letters a day.  You want yours to stand out, but in the proper way.  A good place to figure out how to do this is to check out Query Shark, a blog hosted by literary agent Janet Reid of Fine Print Literary Management.  The archive includes years worth of critiques.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly