For Writers

In my journey as a writer, there are several resources I've stumbled across that I've found extremely helpful. Below are a list of my favorite books, websites, and software that I often link to people when they ask me for help with their craft or writing.


On Writing by Stephen King. Half writing wisdom, half memoir. King's story is encouraging and I never tire of reading this little book. Link.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. This one has been suggested to me by just about everyone out there, and for good reason. It's chock-full of ways to make your writing shine. Link.

Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress. This book helped me flesh-out some of the flat characters in my own writing. I also happen to own two copies (though that may or may not have been an accident). Link.

Go Teen Writers by Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill. I edited this book and it is amazing. A one-stop resource for just about every aspect of the writing craft and business. And not just for teens. Link.

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. I had the privilege of learning under Mr. Bell at a writers conference, and the man really knows his stuff. This book is quick and fun to read. Link.

Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke. Whether you're a plot first or character first novelist, this book will help you strengthen both aspects of your novel. Link.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. The very first book I read when I started writing seriously, and it still remains one of my favorites. Link.

Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson. Not just for dummies! This book covers everything, and I often find myself paging through it. Link.


"Writing Excuses." This is a podcast I love by a host of very talented writers. They post every week and tackle a wide spectrum of writing-related topics, and each episode is only 15 minutes long. Link.

"Go Teen Writers." Steph and Jill both have hearts for helping teen writers, and they've been posting on this wonderful blog for a long time. If you're a teen looking to plug yourself into a community of writers just like you, this is the place to go. Link.

"Examples of Submissions." Jill has a neat page on her personal website where she links to a bunch of example query letters, book proposals, one sheets, and the likeall of which are excellent. Link.

"Advanced Fiction Writing." This is a blog and e-zine that I've been subscribed to since I started writing seriously. Randy is full of helpful ideas and insights into the writing process. Link.


Scrivener. I've only had this software for a short while, but I've found it helpful in my revision process, and though it may not be taking the place of Microsoft Word for me yet, I personally know several authors who swear by it. Link.

Snowflake Pro. If you're a "seat of the pants" writer, you may want to skip this one. But if you're the type of person who likes to intricately plot out their books and flesh out characters and backstories beforehand, this is the program for you. Link.