Writer Resources

Best Writing Advice Blogs

Fiction University (Janice Hardy)

Jami Gold’s Blog (she is the queen of Beat Sheets & offers free plot sheets to download)

Helping Writers Become Authors (K.M. Weiland)

Writer Unboxed (Agent Donald Maass is one of their columnists)

James Scott Bell’s writing advice

Mythcreants (all their examples are tailor made for geeks & nerds and draw from popular TV series and movies)

Secrets of Story (Matt Bird) (brilliant analysis of movies & TV shows, applicable to novels as well)


Best Writing Podcasts

Alone In the Room With Invisible People by Rebecca Galardo & Holly Lisle

Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler & Dan Wells (and others)


A Supportive and Friendly Writing Community We Highly Recommend (& are members of)

Author Holly Lisle’s forums


Learn to Write Flash Fiction Stories

We have taken several of Holly’s paid classes but she offers this one 100% free. It teaches you to write 500-1000 word long Flash Fiction short stories. Why learn short stories, you might wonder…

  • FF teaches you to write tight and lean scenes, a skill that ports over to your regular writing
  • FF is a great way to create content for your blog and newsletter, and to flash out character backstories.
  • You can quickly try experimental, new writing styles, and test story ideas.
  • FF is fast to revise. You get more practice in that vital area of writing.

Try the Flash Fiction class out. You will learn a lot.


Writing life in general. What is it like to be an author, How to have a long term writing career.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron (the term morning pages was coined up by Julie)

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


Writer Psychology (the Psychology of Creativity, How to stay motivated, How to beat fear and the Resistance, How to quiet the Inner Editor. How to keep writing.)

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers

The Artist’s Way Workbook by Julie Cameron

The Right to Write by Julie Cameron

Dear Writer, Are You Doing It Wrong by Becca Syme

The Write Attitude by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Pursuit of Perfection and How it Harms Writers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? by Becca Syme

Conquering Writer’s Block & Summoning Inspiration by K.M. Weiland

The Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox


Writer productivity. How to write faster and with less waste

Dear Writer, You Need to Quit by Becca Symes (and by quitting she means stop doing processes that don’t work for you, and that don’t feed into your personal strong areas)

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

How to Write Pulp Fiction by James Scott Bell

Productivity for Authors: Find Time to Write, Organize Your Author Life and Decide What Really Matters by Joanna Penn

5,000 Word Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox (The secret: Dictation)




General Writing Books That Cover a Bit of Everything (and Are Awesome)

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice For Taking Your Novel to the Next Level by Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass

The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass (so many useful questions, I return to this book over and over again -Reetta)


How to Come Up With Ideas, How to Evaluate Them. High Concept ideas etc.

Your Idea Machine by William C Martell


Plotting, Story Structure, Beats, Story types, Conflict, Stakes, Twists

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Save the Cat! Strikes Back by Blake Snyder

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay From Opening Hook to Knockout Punch by Jeffrey Schrechter

Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises For Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers From Start to Finish by James Scott Bell

Elements of Fiction Writing – Conflict and Suspence by James Scott Bell

Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach For Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone by James Scott Bell

The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings by James Scott Bell

Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Toughest Plot Problems by James Scott Bell

Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland (there is also a workbook)

Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland (there is also a workbook)

Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure by Janice Hardy (there is also a workbook)

Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

Plot Gardening: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox

The Writer’s Journey. Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler


Pantsing (writing without outlines)

Writing Into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith


How to Write Characters

Creating Strong Protagonists by William C Martell

Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma by Becca Puglisi & Angela Ackerman



VOICE: The Secret Power of Great Writing by James Scott Bell

Writing Voice: The Complete Guide to Creating a Presence on the Page and Engaging Readers by Writer’s Digest Editors


Scenes & Hooks

Hook’Em in Ten! by William C Martell

Scene Secrets by William C Martell


How to Write Better Dialogue & Description

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript by James Scott Bell

Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It) by Janice Hardy

Visual Storytelling by William C Martell

Deep Point of View by Marcy Kennedy

Method Acting for Writers: Learn Deep Point of View Using Emotional Layers by Lisa Hall-Wilson

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi & Angela Ackerman


Revising Your Novel

Revision and Self-Editing For Publication: Techniques For Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells by James Scott Bell

Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft by Janice Hardy


Traditional Publishing, Querying & Agents

Closing the Deal… On Your Terms: Agents, Contracts and Other Considerations by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Self-Publishing (congrats, you’re running a business)

Business For Authors: How to Be an Author Enterpreneur by Joanna Penn

Think Like a Publisher by Dean Wesley Smith

Collaborations: When the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts by Craig Martelle


Book Marketing & Your Author Platform & Author Brand, Audience Analysis (the strategy)

Discoverability: A WMG Writer’s Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book by Tim Grahl

Strangers to Superfans: A Marketing Guide to the Reader Journey by David Gaughran

Write to Market: Deliver a Book That Sells by Chris Fox (great guide to audience research)

Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books by Chris Fox

Lets Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should by David Gaughran


Book Packaging (book covers, cover blurbs, pricing)


Book Launching

Book Launch Bookprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to a Bestselling Launch by Tim Grahl

Launch to Market: Easy Marketing to Authors by Chris Fox

Release Strategies: Plan Your Self-Publishing Schedule for Maximum Benefit by Craig Martelle


Author Newsletters

Newsletter Ninja: How to Become an Author Mailing List Expert by Tammi L. Labreque


Blogging & Social Media for Authors

Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer by Kristen Lamb

Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb


Marketing Tactics like Advertising

Ads for Authors Who Hate Math by Chris Fox

BookBub Ads Expert: A Marketing Guide to Author Discoverability by David Gaughran