Being new to the game can be intimidating. Most of us grew up learning how to write in our native language. So creating a compelling story should be easy right?
Nope. Most people quickly discover that there is more to writing than grammar rules.
Storytelling is an art and, like any art, it takes time and practise to do it well.
Here are some links to help get you started:
Absolute Write Forums – An amazing forum. Be sure to check out their Basic Writing Questions sub-forum. They also have forums dedicated to most types of writing including novels, short stories, script writing, non-fiction, graphic novels and poetry.
Daily Writing Tips – Every day a new grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip. Be sure to check out their archive.
The Other Side of the Story – An informative blog with over 500 articles on writing fiction.
Query and Synopsis Help:
Query Shark – “How To Write Query Letters … or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work.”
Evil Editor – Guess the Plot features excellent, and often hilarious, query critiques.
The Publishing World:
Behler Blog – Blog by Lynn Price the editorial director for Behler Publications. She often has excellent advice for non-fiction and fiction writers alike.
Nathan Bransford – Agent turned writer. Excellent insight into the publishing world and the life of a writer.
Pub Rants – Another blog with greater writing and publishing tips.
Ask a Literary Agent – An agent and author answers aspiring authors’ questions about writing and getting published.
Janet Reid – An agent with a great sense of humor and wit. Great resource for those writing non-fiction and thrillers.