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Writing Resources

I'm constantly stumbling across interesting things worthy of being referred back to as I tool about the interwebs looking for guidance and inspiration. Here they are all together in one place for you! (This is a work in process, so keep checking back!)

Useful Products:

The Craft of Writing:

Critique Groups Online:
(ganked wholesale from http://alexagrave.blogspot.com/)

Genre Discussions:

Nuts and Bolts:

Free Lit:

Other Kinds of Writing:

Writer's Blogs:

Library Science:

Writing Craft Books:
Here will be an ongoing attempt to list all the writing craft books I can find, all in one place, with links. I'll also link to reviews of them as I wander through the list myself. Here they are:


  • How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy - Orson Scott Card
  • Alchemy With Words: The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, vol 1
  • The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, Vol. 2: The Opus Magus (Volume 2) by Tee Morris and Valerie Griswold Ford
  • The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, vol 3: The Author's Grimoire
  • The Writer's Guide to Fantasy: From Dragons Lair to Hero Quest
  • The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller! by Philip Athans and R. A. Salvatore
  • The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference by Writers Digest
  • Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by David Gerold
  • How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction by J. N. Williamson
  • How to Write Science Fiction by Matthew J. Costello
  • How to Write Horror Fiction (Genre Writing Series) by William F. Nolan
  • How to Write an RPG Adventure by RPG Editors
  • How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia
  • How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters by James N. Frey
  • How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript by James N. Frey
  • The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth by James N. Frey
  • How to Write a Movie in 21 Days by Viki King
  • How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published by Barbara Seuling
  • How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery & the Roller Coaster of Suspense by Carolyn Wheat
  • Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints (Write Great Fiction) by Nancy Kress


  • Damn! Why Didnt I Write That?: How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00 or More Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too! by Marc McCutcheon
  • How to Write Your Life Story by Ralph Fletcher
  • How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From Concept to Completion in 6 Months by Bobbi Linkemer
  • How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer by Lois Daniel
  • Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children's Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career by Nancy I. Sanders
  • How to Write a Selling Screenplay by Christopher Keane


  • Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
  • Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction) by James Scott Bell
  • A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story by Carol Denbow
  • How to Write by Alastair Fowler
  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling by James N. Frey
  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling by James N. Frey
  • How to Write It: Complete Guide to Everything You'll Ever Write by Sandra E. Lamb
  • The Magic of Writing: How to Write and Publish the Book that is Inside You by Linda Falkner
  • How to Write by Gertrude Stein
  • On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Knowlton Zinsser
  • The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque
  • How to Write: Advice and Reflections by Richard Rhodes
  • WRITE NOW! How To Write That Novel--Today (Optimized & Ad-Free) by Francine Saint Marie
  • 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing (Mentor) by Gary Provost
  • How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
  • How to Write and Sell Your Novel...Handbook for the Beginning Novelist by R. Karl Largent
  • How to Write a Novel Bundle Pack (The Novel Workshop) by Patricia Gilliam
  • The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book by Mary Embree
  • Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson, Kevin J. Anderson, Gayle Lynds, and Heather Graham

SF&F Resources:
I firmly believe that science fiction and fantasy are as worthy of debate and study as mainstream and literary works--and sometimes moreso, since there's often more going on to talk about. In case you're of the same mindset, here's some useful links I've found and decided to keep around.

This list will get longer and longer and longer. Check back periodically!

Genre Discussions:

Writing Genre:


Am I missing one? Email me or comment here, and I'll add it to the list!

Sometimes readers suggest links that aren't writing related, but are good causes, so I'm going to add a new section:

I volunteered with two organizations this past year that I think would be great for you to add to your page as well: QuitDay.org, who advocates for artists and is raising awareness on the impact of smoking in the community (https://quitday.org/), and the Association for Visual Arts, who connects artists and communities to support aspiring artists (http://www.avarts.org/). They’re both organizations that work hard to improve the community around us. (from Christina)


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