Finding information that’s not for beginning writers is really hard. I thought it might be good to have a guide that caters to us. This is a list of curated links. Everything I’ve used myself.
Writing Without Outlines
- Writing Worksheets for Pantsers – These were developed by me because there isn’t much available for people who don’t outline. Everyone just tells you to outline, which isn’t helpful if outlining truly doesn’t work for you.
- Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel without an Outline (WMG Writer’s Guides) (Volume 9): Smith, Dean Wesley: 9781561466337: Amazon.com: Books This is a book by a long term fiction writer. He tells you all the tips and tricks to writing without outlines. If you’re new to trying to write without an outline, he has a workshop on how to do it (but it’s not for someone already writing like this).
- Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules: James, Steven, Maass, Donald: 0035313656569: Amazon.com: Books Another book on writing without outlines. He has some similarities to Dean Wesley Smith’s books, and also some differences.
Push the Skills to a New Level
- Depth in Writing: You’ll have to hunt a bit to get to the course. It’s offered about every two months. Taking this class will make you realize how much you’ve been missing from the traditional writing sources. I started getting personal rejections after working these skills into my writing.
- Amazon.com: Creating Characters: How to Build Story People (9780806139180): Swain, Dwight V.: Books – This is an amazing book on how to create characters. Most of it is very hard to find today.
- The Lester Dent Pulp Fiction Formula – Mysterious Press – Lester Dent was a very prolific writer during the pulp era, writing under many different pen names. Though the terminology is dated, the formula listed here can be found in every best selling novel.
- 75 Words That Describe Smells – A Resource For Writers | Writers Write – With having to do the five senses every 2 pages, it can be pretty hard to come up with ideas for scents. This is a fairly extensive list to help joggle your muse.
- 106 Ways To Describe Sounds – A Resource For Writers | Writers Write – I’m weak on the auditory side, so this has been helpful in reminding me that to add sound
- 209 Words To Describe Touch – A Resource For Writers | Writers Write – A list of words to help describe touch.
- Wordnik: Fight scene words – Writing a fight scene? This is a great list of action words you can use as a guide so you don’t have twenty instances of slammed.
Business of Writing
- Amazon.com: Copyright Handbook, The: What Every Writer Needs to Know (9781413324266): Fishman J.D., Stephen: Books – Everything you write is affected by copyright laws. This is the go-to book about learning copyright.
- The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List – 99 Best Business Books – This list of books will get you grounded in a lot of basic business knowledge. Most of them you can probably find at the library. Reading these will put you miles ahead of other writers.