The internet is full of sh*t. Here are some of the best “resources for writers” I’ve found (so far).
Created by fiction author Kristen Kieffer, the well-storied website is a wonderful resource for writers full of engaging and insightful advice and information on writing techniques and story craft. Don’t have time to read everything? She records each new article as a podcast episode, so you can listen wherever you happen to have internet access. However, the site focuses on fiction writing and doesn’t have much to offer authors of memoirs or non-fiction.
Tim Storm is an MFA grad and an award-winning writer and teacher. His website offers both free information on writing and writing craft, but you could also enroll in some of his recorded lectures, which cost a little extra. The “articles” page is updated regularly, and he’s actually really responsive to emails from writers looking to expand their skills and hone their craft.
The Writing and Such Blog started on Tumbler but expanded to its own website and relies on funds from Ko-Fi and Patreon to keep it going. The site offers writing craft tips and also has prompts, challenges, and advice on staying motivated for those that need a boost. It’s free to use, but if you can help keep it going, your support would be greatly appreciated.
A Well Told Story is the writing blog of young adult author Meghan Rogers. She offers advice to those who seek it on all aspects of writing, from motivation, craft and technique, all the way to publishing and marketing. She is a published author who’s been through the works, and now she’s trying to help others struggling along the same road.
View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is an award-winning, best-selling author of many stories, anthologies, and several comic book series. While he’s living the life of fame and fortune now, he remembers the sting of rejection very clearly, and what it was like for him as a struggling writer in his teens and twenties. This book, View From the Cheap Seats, is a collection of his essays on writing, story-telling, and much much more. While he doesn’t specifically focus on craft, his love of books and writing and stories is enough to get you out of a bad slump, or encourage you to push forward when you’re really struggling with a project.
The book is also available as an audio book for those on the go.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
At 16 years old, Elizabeth Gilbert decided she was going to be a writer. While she swore she would never ask her writing to financially support her, she made a pact that she would write and keep writing.
Now an internationally best-selling author, Big Magic is Gilbert looking back on her life and how she got to be where she is now. Her no-nonsense, get-‘er-done attitude is a great kick in the butt when you need it, and her personal stories are interesting, thoughtful, and inspiring. She really gets at the core of why we do what we do, and her words are a wonderful reminder for all of us when we get bogged down in the logistics of publishing and marketing.
I personally recommend this book for everyone, writers and creative types alike. I’ve re-read it perhaps 100 times and I always get something new out of it. Reading her words is the fastest way to dry my tears of lift my spirits when I feel like I can’t go on.
This book is available as an audio book as well.