I meant to do a deep post for today, but I’m behind in my scheduling and allergy season has kicked in. However, I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite writing resources for awhile now, and figured this was a good week for it. Here are five of the ones I use the most.
1. Hannah Heath
Hannah was one of the first bloggers I started following, was one of my inspirations to start my own blog, and remains one of my favorites. She offers writing tips peppered with nerdy references, usually including Batman. How could you go wrong with that? She also wrote Skies of Dripping Gold and Colors of Fear.
Find her at hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com
2. Writing Excuses
I didn’t listen to podcasts until recently, but I love this one. Their tagline is ‘Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.’ They’re funny and short, which is good because I don’t have patience for a huge discussion on a topic. Brandon Sanderson is one of the regular hosts, so it’s legit, but there’s a huge cast of writers on it, so you get tons of perspectives. Plus, they’ve been running it for over a decade, so there’s lots of content.
Find it at writingexcuses.com
3. Janet Reid/Query Shark
Janet Reid is a literary agent who runs a blog answering questions writers have about the industry. She also runs a seperate blog, Query Shark, where writers can send in their query letters and she’ll critique them. Both blogs are super helpful for any writer even coming close to the querying stage- they give excellent information and provide a businesslike mindset for the publishing process.
4. Maggie Stiefvater
I’m not sure how much mileage other people will get out of this, but Stiefvater’s tumblr is one of the few social media sites that inspires me to write immediately (for those who don’t know, she’s the author of the Raven Cycle). She does have a writing advice tag, and she’s refreshingly no-nonsense. I know I don’t connect to ‘feel good’ writing advice, so I appreciate her perspective.
Find her at maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com
5. Disability in Kidlit
This site isn’t updated much anymore, but the archives are valuable. It’s a group of disabled readers who review YA/MG/Children’s books that feature disabled characters for accuracy. It has excellent information and gives good things to think about. I do think it’s a little harsh in some of its reviews, and its no-margin-for-error shouldn’t scare people away from writing disabled characters, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
Find it at disabilityinkidlit.com
I clearly prefer blogs to other media, and have several more in mind if you want more recommendations in that area. Otherwise, I’m always on the hunt for more information, so if you have anything to recommend, especially podcasts or writing books, I’m listening! What are your favorite writing resources?