Since Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, I thought now would be a good time to highlight a few of my favorite writing websites. This is far from an exhaustive list, so if you have any sites or resources you’d like to share, please do so in the comments!
- Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford’s blog. Bransford covers all the key components of craft – characters, plot, setting, voice – as well as crafting a good query letter. His posts on craft include examples from popular books that make it easy to understand the topic. Though he doesn’t post as often anymore, the archives offer a wealth of resources.
- Janice Hardy’s Fiction University. Hardy covers just about every aspect of writing – outlining, character development, voice, editing, and even querying and marketing. She also runs a series of “Real Life Diagnostics” (currently closed to submissions), in which she offers feedback on an excerpt from a work in progress, and an “Indie Authors Series” for those who are considering self-publishing. And, for those of you (like me) who’ll be making April NaNoRevMo*, today’s post is the last in her month-long revision workshop that you can follow at your own pace. [Note: Hardy is a detailed plotter, and her posts on outlining can sometimes be overwhelming for a pantser like me. She has good advice, but keep in mind that there’s no single “right” way to write; the right way is the way that works best for you.]
Publishing Hub and Pub(lishing) Crawl. Despite having “publishing” in the title, these blogs cover a lot more. Both discuss craft, business, and the writing life in general. Publishing Hub’s contributors also discuss current events in the reading/publishing world, with a focus on YA. (The blog was formerly YA Stands, but expanded to include more topics that are relevant to all writers.) If you write YA, Publishing Hub has some great posts on writing sex in YA, the obligations of YA writers, diversity, and more.
- Query Shark. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re looking for an agent, read this blog! Reid picks apart queries that readers have submitted to show what works, what doesn’t, and why.
- Literary agent Janet Reid’s blog. This has great insights on the publishing world, both in Reid’s posts and in the comments. Reid also hosts contests periodically, and her weekly roundups on Sundays are always good for a laugh.
- Nelson Literary Agency’s Pub Rants, and the NLA monthly newsletter. These both offer great insights into the business side of writing. I’ve been following NLA’s series on “what makes a good agent” closely, and learned a lot of nitty-gritty things about contracts that I never would’ve known. (And I’m sure there are still plenty of things I don’t know, which is why I plan to have an agent in my corner when I pursue publication.)
- Author and literary agent Sarah Negovetich’s blog. Negovetich describes herself partly as a “marketing lady,” and her blog offers a wealth of advice on marketing/publicity.
As a librarian and YA writer, I also find The Hub, YALSA’s book blog, and Teen Librarian Toolbox to be great resources to keep up with the latest in MG and YA fiction. I’ll use these both to find new books to read and to follow discussions in the YA lit world. TLT’s insightful reviews aren’t afraid to discuss the big issues, and their series on sexual violence (#SVYALit) and faith and spirituality (#FSYALit) in YA literature have made me more aware of these issues in my own writing.
So, those are my main go-to writing resources. Have I missed one of yours? Please share in the comments!
And good luck to all of you NaNo Campers!
*National Novel Revising Month