Community is important, especially on the Internet. Here’s some links to some of my most-visited writing-related websites/authors, because these people are just plain dang awesome, and if you need any tips or inspiration, feel free to go check out their pages.
If you’ve never heard of it, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, a yearly writing event that happens in November. Participants aim to get 50,000 words down on the page or screen in those 30 days. Crazy, I know. But the forums are active all year long, and I’ve gotten some fabulous inspiration there just from lurking.
As you may know from an earlier post, I cannot recommend Katie’s expertise enough when it comes to the importance of story structure, character arcs, or just about anything else writing-related. I cannot count the number of hours I’ve spent poring over her lessons as I slogged through the first draft of Whispers. Though my personal taste tends to run a little more literary than her historical/speculative style, the advice is still generally applicable. She also posts a podcast of her blog posts, and I also recommend her fiction.
Kristen is another creative writing coach, from whose posts I’ve taken valuable tidbits of the importance of managing your time and writing productively. She also created a fabulous Novel Planner that helps you outline your story.
Dynamic duo Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have built an empire around, as the title of their site implies, helping other writers reach success. I started stopping by to take peeks at the excerpts from their Emotion Thesaurus and am always amazed at how useful their growing collection of thesauri, for everything you could imagine from setting descriptions to physical traits and weather patterns, are in my writerly adventures. I also plan to use their Critique Checklist as I revise my novel.
As I continue to find more awesome people, you might be added to this list!