Welcome! This page is a work in progress because I’m always adding stuff to it as I write, edit, and publish.
It’s a bit of work to put it all here instead of on a worksheet on my computer, soooo…
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Things I’ve found helpful in the pursuit of writing well. This is going to be a long and varied list—and will be ever growing—but it might be helpful for others.
Stuff I use/have made to further my process:
My very own fillable (if I did it right!) character sheet: Gender neutral character-sheet-for-writer-y-folks
Novel Critique form courtesy of K.J. Harrowick
Writing Contests/Twitter Pitch events/Twitter Hashtag Games:
Carissa Taylor’s Pitch Generator page
Twitter Pitches & Contests
(I’m disabled, autistic, and mixed-race, so fit the ‘qualifications’ of this pitch event.) I Do NOT in any way endorse it due to reported or witnessed awful behavior on Twitter by many of the organizers. At least two of the people reportedly involved in this event have attacked autistic people on Twitter. Including me. One, maybe two of the organizers started the harassment barrage that ended up with me leaving Twitter, entering an eight-month period of autistic burnout, and actively ideating suicide. I know of another one of them that has reportedly attacked an autistic book professional as well. (I know the professional, and I believe them.) The proof is all on Twitter if you want to go look. I wash my hands of it.
Ultimate guide to twitter pitch contests
Note: I no longer update this section. Do please let me know if you find a broken link and I’ll remove it. I will never let traditional publishing near my fiction work again, so I have no need of pitch events, as they focus on traditional publishing.
Web pages of interest: Writing advice, how to’s, what not to do, realities of writing, et cetera
THAT BLOODY QUERY LETTER!!!
List of publishers accepting un-agented submissions.
Genre Definitions, some DOs and DON’Ts, IS and ISN’Ts and generally helpful pages
Pitfalls of Writing SFF and how to avoid them (Turkey City Lexicon)
Weird resources I’ve found helpful
Someone said my character is a Mary-Sue… are they? The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
Pictorial height and weight chart
Those Pesky Pronouns, an absolutely gorgeous, inclusive chart.
Aesthetic Attraction, say what?
Word List/Definitions for Sailing Ships
Scent trailing dogs and how they do it
Dictionary of Motorcycle Slang
100 Most Beautiful phrases in British English
Writing believable British Characters for an American Writer.
Map of First Nations Tribes before conquest/colonization
Technical stuff of interest
Filler words to remove from your novel, by Meg LaTorre
Michael Mammay’s Blog, interesting and useful thoughts on writing.
Dan Kobalt’s Science is Scifi Fact in Fiction series.
Don’t Annoy Your Readers: Self-Editing for Dummies
Crap Someone Should Have Told You Writers By Now
Kim Long’s Final Editing Checklist
Jami Nord’s Blog, opening with a bang
Author Blunders, bloopers and boo boos, what to avoid
Article for Indie publishers on making books friendly for Dyslexic Readers.
25 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WRITING MYSTERIES, BY SUSAN SPANN Via Chuck Wendig’s blog
Locksmith Terminology-Dictionary of Locksmith and Security terms
Can I use this image on social media? OR Creative Commons Copyright.
Watch out for these contract terms
Some How-To and Details: On this THING we do
Master List of Facial Expressions for Writers
Character Flaw Database from tvtropes.org
8 Point/How to Structure A Story
Word Counts: How long should your book be?
Welcome To The Matrix (article on how content creators are working for free)
Euphemisms for female masturbation
Real Writers Get Critical Reviews
Writing for Film, Screenplays, and Scripts. (Thanks, Anna! Keep writing, it’s worth it 🧡.)
And thank you Ms. Taylor, fostering and encouraging young writers is a marvelous thing. The world needs more teachers like you.
Recommended programs I use. I’m not affiliated with any of them, but I do enjoy them and use them in my work.
Feel free to send me interesting resources to add to this list via my email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org (For my safety and because I’ve been harassed so badly, I don’t do social media much, so this is the fastest way to reach me.)
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