I present you with a little of this and a little of that which I have found helpful on my writing journey. Some of these articles, blogs, and musings required a lot of digging through Google, others popped up on my radar precisely when I needed them, and a few were provided by thoughtful friends. This compilation is by no means comprehensive. In fact, it is just fifteen items for now. From time to time I favor a hearty look at an assortment of writerly reminders, cues, and like-minded groups of writers and readers—and I hope you find it useful.
A bit about world building from Elana Johnson's blog.
Baby name lists are fantastic if you're stuck for a name for a character. Sometimes I land on a semi-random name on one of these sites, use it as a place holder and it serves as a guide. Later, the perfect name comes to me. It may start with the same letter or have the same cadence, but the site with its thousands of names served its purpose.
Darcy Pattison's Fiction Notes is chock full of great advice and notes on technical aspects of making words on paper tell a story.
Jennifer Laughran's Big 'ole genre glossary. Category vs. Genre. Magical realism? Fantasy or high fantasy?Your answers are here.
Kidliterati is a great community of readers and writers to hook up with.
Check out WriteOnCon from time to time to network with other writers and get feedback on queries and portions of your ms.
Miss Snark's First Victim hosts a monthly critique round with feedback if you dare enter the water.
To me, word counts are more like guidelines, until you're ready to submit. I follow the line of the story as it needs to be written and then go in later and cut the fat. But still, these numbers are good to know.
Pinterest. When I have the sense of what a character or a scene looks like, but the precise descriptive words aren't coming to me I scroll through subject specific boards on Pinterest to get closer to what I want to describe.
As so many people say, the synopsis is a dreaded affair, though I imagine there are a few folks out there who take easily to it, but for most of us, this How-to on Pub(lishing) Crawl is exceptional...
For that matter, the site, Pub(lishing) Crawl is truly an amazing writer's resource!
Michelle's blog, from first to last, offers terrific down-to-earth agent interviews—she asks all the questions I would. She also runs contests and has a great eye for the details.
And when the time comes, this blog post by agent Jenny Bent offers insight into marketing. If you have time, scroll through the other articles on this blog- there are several amazing ones, promise.
This too, by Sarah N, lights the fire under your tush to self-promote (along with many other great articles.)
There you have it. Maybe sometime I'll make a page for these writer's resources, but for now, if you have any fiction-writer's essentials, please share them!