Resources for Writers

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Print Sources

Donald Maass The Career Novelist - If you're thinking of writing as a career, you need to have your eyes wide open. Here's an eye opener.

Donald Maass Writing the Breakout Novel - Some good advice here.

Pam McCutcheon's Writing the Fiction Synopsis - Just buy the book.

Debra Dixon Goal Motivation and Conflict, The Building Blocks of Good Fiction - Just buy the book.

Ansen Dibell Plot (The Elements of Fiction Writing) How to build short Stories and novels that don't sag, fizzle, or trail off in scraps of frustrated revision - and how to rescue those that do
Great advice here. Amusing, too.

John Gardner The Art of Fiction.
If you struggle, as I do, with plot, read this book. Sure, sometimes you'll feel like maybe you should have paid more attention in lecture, but if you want to hone your skills, read this book.

Dorothea Brande Becoming a Writer
Inspiring. Good exercises. Excellent resource.

The Writer. A monthly magazine. Been around a long time. Now under new managment. They've modernized the look but so far the content remains excellent. Note: 9 mos later, I have to say that before, when this mag came, I read it basically cover-to-cover. Now I don't. Articles have less depth and seemed geared toward newbies, which I kind of thought was Writer's Digest's niche.

On-Line Resources

Romance Writers of America. Not a member? Well, don't wait a moment longer.

Carolyn's Workshop. How you can improve your writing.

A.Word.A.Day
If you love words, go here. If you don't, I doubt you got this far on the page anyway.

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