Resources

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We only recommend a few writer resources that we have used, and know are good from personal experience.

Atmosphere Websites  Websites for authors and writers. Because Sierra and Mike are awesome! If you like our site, you know what quality work they do!

Chuck Sambuchino  WITS contributor, and author of the Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents blog.

Elizabeth Spann Craig Creator of the Writer’s Knowledge Base and an excellent writing resource.

Jami Gold Fantastic resource and creator of fantastic “beat sheet templates.”

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University  Great resource for writing tips and advice.

Jennifer Cruisie  NYT bestselling author, and funny lady! She’s got some great writing craft posts as well.

Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell  Our own Jenny has a personal blog. Lots of laughter and raucousness over there!

Kristen Lamb’s Blog  Author and Founder of WANA (We Are Not Alone) – a great resource for platform building, social media skills  and marketing for writers.

Lawson Writer’s Academy – If you’ve never heard of Margie Lawson, all you need to do is search her posts here to see what a wonderful writing teacher she is. All the WITS bloggers have taken her courses, and several are ‘immersion grads’. Laura brags that Margie took her, ‘from good to sold!’ Do your writing a favor, and check her out.

Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson’s blog with helpful articles for improving plots.

Preditors & Editors DO NOT query an editor/agent without researching them here first!

Publisher’s Marketplace  A great resource when querying.

Shannon Donnelly’s website  A WITS contributor, author, and teacher of writing craft.

Brenda Hiatt’s Show Me the Money  Brenda keeps up to date reports of submitted advance numbers by Publisher.

Susan Spann’s website A WITS contributor, author, literary attorney and the creator of #PubLaw.

Tall Poppy Writers A great site for booklovers.

Tasha Seegmiller is a WITS contributor, women’s fiction author, and managing editor at the blog Thinking Through our Fingers.

TechSurgeons Founder Jay Donovan is our tech guru here at WITS. He loves helping authors.

The Passive Voice Intelligent, up-to-the-minute articles on the writing industry.

Women’s Fiction Writers Association  An inclusive organization of writers who create stories about a woman’s emotional journey.

Writer’s Digest  Articles, webinars, craft books, writing events – all around great resource for writers.

Writers Helping Writers®: a hub for writers to find deep craft articles (especially on all things description and character), as well as descriptive thesaurus collections, writing tools, helpful handouts and more.

Writer Unboxed A wonderful resource about anything writing related.

Craft Books we recommend:

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Capture the minds, hearts, and imaginations of 21st century readers! Whether you're a commercial storyteller or a literary novelist, whether your goal is to write a best-selling novel or captivate readers with a satisfying, beautifully written story, the key to success is the same: high-impact fiction. Writing 21st Century Fiction will help you write a novel for today's readers and market, filled with rich characters, compelling plots, and resonant themes. Author and literary agent Donald Maass shows you how to: Create fiction that transcends genre, conjures characters who look and feel more "real" than real people, and shows readers the work around them in new ways. Infuse every page with an electric current of emotional appeal and micro-tension. Harness the power of parallels, symbols, metaphors, and more to illuminate your novel in a lasting way. Develop a personalized method of writing that works for you. With an arsenal of thought-provoking prompts and questions, plus plenty of examples from best-selling titles, Writing 21st Century Fiction will strip away your preconceived notions about writing in today's world and give you the essential tools you need to create fiction that will leave both readers and critics in awe. More info →
Story Genius

Story Genius

It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. More info →