As I wrote in the Writer’s Bucket List post I am working to expand the blog. I want to include some resources for writers in a separate section in case anyone needs them. Fortunately, I lucked up and found some of these resources through my own search for help and guidance. Regrettably I still need these means in spite of my very expensive graduate education but that’s another post.
Writer’s Digest, Poets and Writers, and The Writer Magazine all offer so much help with writing tips, conference dates, book festivals, writing prompts, funding and tools. I just started following the blog Writer Unboxed because I stumbled across some useful information and realized that I was missing out on a wonderful resource. They have since become a favorite and I’ve learned so much from their contributors in a short time. Café Press offers a wide range of writer-centric items. I buy most of my writing inspired t-shirts from them and I am now looking at some mugs for my everlasting mugs of tea, and I also am looking for some other items that are specifically writer friendly. This was my first stop when searching for the “Reading Is Sexy” bumper sticker.
I also suggest looking for blogs of your favorite authors. I follow at least six of my favorite authors and I started following another author whose books I’ve purchased since following her. I love getting information from other authors because they motivate me and keep me on the “write” track.
I’ve found all of these resources to be particularly helpful especially the books. For the most part they are easy reading and help to spark creativity. The exception to this is Elements of Style which is very dry but also helpful.
I hope you find these tools and suggestions helpful and feel free to leave a comment if there’s a resource that you’ve found to work for you.
Writer’s digest – http://www.writersdigest.com/
Poets and Writers- http://www.pw.org/
The Writer Magazine- http://writermag.com/
Writer Unboxed- http://writerunboxed.com/
Café Press- http://www.cafepress.com
Anne Lamott- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Stephen King- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Brian Kiteley- 3 A.M Epiphany and 4 A.M. Breakthrough
Orson Scott Card- Elements of Fiction: Characters and Viewpoint
Anne Bernays/Pamela Painter- What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
William Strunk & E.B. White-The Elements of Style