For the longest time, I’ve been sporadically emailing myself writing links as I come across them in hopes of getting to them someday: workshops, advice articles, contests, forums, you name it. More often than not, these things fall victim to my overflowing inbox and are long forgotten.
So, in an effort to keep myself more organized and have an easy index of tools and insight to turn to, I decided to compile a list of these resources in one accessible place as I go along—and then I figured, why not share them on my blog, so other writers can find them too?
I’ll be adding to this page periodically. After the initial launch of this page, I’ll likely alert readers to new additions via blog posts, so be sure to subscribe to my updates!
Blogs, Articles, & Archives
Self-serving, but applicable! The blog I co-founded, The Sprint Shack, is a great one-stop resource for writers looking to hone their craft and make writing a regular habit through fun word sprinting events on Twitter. We’re expanding and brainstorming more content and opportunities for our readers by the day, so stay tuned there.
Not sure what word sprinting is? Check out our FAQ.
Another co-founder at The Sprint Shack, Faye Kirwin, founded this amazing site focused on viewing writing through the lens of psychology. On it, she uses psychology to assess everything from characters to writing, itself, and helps readers make writing a habit through her Writember Workshop and #WriteChain initiative on Twitter (more about those below, in their respective categories).
I haven’t had a chance to click around Hardy’s site much, but her article on perfecting the first 250 words of your manuscript changed the way I look at writing and editing beginnings. I highly recommend this one, especially for those who are still on the road to publishing.
I wrote for LTWF for a brief period of time, and although the site is no longer active, it’s been left up so you can still sift through the archives—and those archives are a gold mine. I was inexperienced at the time, so don’t pay much mind to my posts, but do search through their various tags and categories: they have advice for writers at every stage of the process, from conceiving an original idea to publishing and marketing your work. Their advice on querying literary agents is particularly detailed, and can be found through the following tags:
PubCrawl is where the founders and writers of LTWF moved. Like its predecessor, it’s full of great advice, although most of it has evolved with its writers to the publishing stage of the process. Want a peek into the publishing world? Take a look at their articles under the tag Industry Life.
This podcast has been, by far, the tool that has shaped my writing (and mindset) the most. I cannot stress enough how amazing each and every one of their episodes is. Writing Excuses is hosted by successful authors Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Brandon Sanderson, and is an excellent resource for beginning writers and seasoned ones alike. Want to know how to structure a plot line? They have you covered. Need advice on making your character more relatable? It’s there. Not sure how to navigate networking events and (tactfully) pitch your work to professionals in the industry? They discuss that, too.
Overall, Writing Excuses has helped me look at my writing through various lenses (reader, writer, editor, publisher) and has taught me more about fiction writing than I knew I could learn. Bonus: the episodes are only 15 minutes long (although some do go over to 20), so they’re easy to fit into a busy schedule! There are 9 full seasons of episodes in their archive, as well as episodes from the currently in-progress season 10 (which, awesomely enough, is also doubling as a workshop.)
Classes, Lectures, & Workshops
These are guided lessons I’ve found across the internet. Some are free, some aren’t, but all of them are worth a shot!
Season 10 of Writing Excuses is acting as both their typical podcast and a cohesive writing workshop; the episodes can stand on their own but, when listened to chronologically, form a workshop guiding novel writers through the entire process—from conceiving an original idea to typing “The End.” Each 3rd episode of the month is a wildcard episode that doesn’t fit in with the “syllabus,” but as always, every episode with Writing Excuses is worth the mere 15 minutes it spans (and then some).
What started as a monthly challenge on Writerology evolved into a beautiful, engaging, and effective e-book to help writers make their craft a daily habit. Take the guided Serious About Storytelling Programme alongside other Writerology students with your e-book at the ready, or tackle the guide at your own pace through the Committed to Creativity Programme. Either way, you’re going to learn a lot about motivation, habits, and the psychology that shapes them (trust me—I was privileged enough to beta-read the book for Faye, and it’s amazing!).
I haven’t personally tried this yet, but The Author Up Challenge is a 30-day workshop hosted by Kristen of She’s Novel, who posts wonderful articles on the craft of writing. If her blog is any indication, The Author Up Challenge should be a great tool for anyone looking to grow as a writer.
A new startup called MasterClass is now offering classes on a variety of subjects, taught by—you guessed it—masters in those subjects. Tennis players get instruction from Serena Williams and actors learn from Dustin Hoffman, but writers? We get to hone our craft under the tutelage of the best-selling James Patterson. Get excited.
These videos are a bit outdated, but offer some timeless advice in the craft of creative writing. Though I haven’t read any of his books yet, I find that Brandon Sanderson gives some GREAT writing advice (especially on Writing Excuses, as mentioned above), so I’m sure there are plenty of gems hidden throughout this series.
TED talks are typically innovative, relatable, and informative. This is a list of talks I came across earlier this year, but you can always sift through their writing archives as well. I also recommend searching for talks on other subjects, whether they’re familiar to you or not—you never know what might spark some inspiration!
Since anybody can create one, the world of Twitter hashtags is infinite; however, there are some extremely popular and oft-used hashtags for writers at every level:
Sometimes, I’m a bit of a Reddit junkie. This comes in spurts, and I can go months without ever logging on, but once I’m on there I’m sucked in indefinitely.
Be sure not to lose too much productivity to the site (and, please, beware of some of the darker corners of the internet!), but do check it out—they have some great forums and resources for writers, whether you’re looking for a critique, some writing prompts, or a little encouragement. Subreddits vary—some are for writing of all kinds, while some are dedicated to a specific genre or medium. Check them out, or if you’re feeling inspired, create a community of your own!
The list of writing-related subreddits is long, so if you’re curious, r/WritingHub has compiled an index of the main ones here:
There’s also a great thread listing Reddit users’ reading recommendations for writers:
And another list, this time of authors whom redditors recommend reading to see a master of a certain skill in action. For example, read Ernest Hemingway for “show, don’t tell” and Ray Bradbury for world building:
*(Note: Please be sure to read all Reddit rules and “rediquette” before posting. Unfamiliar with Reddit and its terminology? Here’s the Wiki.)
Even more lists…
It’s impossible for me to cover every corner of the internet, and what I’ve listed here is only stuff I’ve had experience with or have happened upon, myself (I wouldn’t want to recommend anything I’m not at least a bit familiar with!). So if you’re looking for even more writerly goodies, here are several other expansive lists of resources.*
*Make sure to also check the sites I’ve listed here—some of them have resource pages of their own!
Page last updated 5/19/15.