A collection of writing tips
So many writing tips, so little space
Writing tips are all over the Internet and for those suffering from writer's block, they can be very helpful. Unfortunately, they do not group themselves in a neat little bundle. It became necessary to find a place to store all this information in a format that was easy to use. This lens houses all my favorite prompts, tips and creative writing exercises. The lens will be updated as more tools are discovered.
Writing prompts, writing tips and creative writing exercises can be be helpful to authors who need a push but this lens comes with a warning. These prompts, tips and writing exercises can be fun to play with and may interfere with serious writing.
Writing Prompts - Clever creative ways to get your mind working
These are exercises to get the creative mind working. Some are silly and just plain fun. Others are more in depth and require some thought. Nevertheless, for someone looking at a blank page, at least it gives you something to write.
- Writter's 911 Block
My favorite prompt site because it is just so much fun to play with. Very creative and used in the article above.
- Creative writing prompts
Bet you can't do just one!
- One Word
One word, 60 seconds, go, think fast. Simple exercise to get the mind going.
- Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions
While it says these are for SciFi writers, they could be applied equally to any fantasy. Used as prompts, they could make anything more interesting.
- One Page a Day
One Page Per Day is a very simple web typewriter for writers and authors who want to write at least one page every day.
- 1001 Story Ideas
Just found this site with wonderful ideas for writing stories. Most of them are science fiction but there are so many ways they could be written. Really sparks the imagination.
Word Help - Let's face it, sometimes we all need a little help
Lists of useful words in different situations. From a list of words to use in place of "Said" to a list of descriptive words.
- National Punctuation Day
Click on the punctuation mark for an explanation. If you have kids, bookmark this one.
- Other words for "said"
Stuck and finding that said is the only word you seem to know. Check out this site.
- Tip of my tongue
Very well crafted site to help those of us who simply cannot remember what the word is.
- Ambiguous Words
The ambiguous words are many and each one is defined here.
- Style Guide
You can only ignore it so long. Sooner or later, you will actually have to look up something. Here it is.
- Synonyms Thesaurus with Antonyms & Definitions | Synonym.com
Find word synonyms, antonyms, and definitions using this free thesaurus & online dictionary. Synonym.com is the web's best resource for English synonyms, antonyms, and definitions.
- Synonym Finder Â» Find synonyms, antonyms & definition for (almost) any word
Synonym-Finder.com is the best place for searching English synonyms, antonyms and word definitions.
A Must Have for any writer
This has been called the "Bible" for writers.
Everything you need to know about being published is in this book. There are guidelines for submissions. It is updated yearly and now covers on-line writing as well. Although it changes every year, many of the resources remain the same. And it is full of helpful articles that make the writing process easier.
Writing Rules - Not all rules are created equal, some are just for fun
We start this off with a list of rules by Mark Twain from his scathing essay on the Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper. The first one on the list is "A tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere".
There are many other rules and while they may not apply to all situations, sometimes knowing the "rules" can help. If nothing else, they are a guide to better writing.
- Twain's rules of writing
Refreshing tongue-in-cheek list of writing rules.
- M. J. Joachims Writing Tips for Success
M.J. Joachim know a lot about writing and has some very good information in her blog on writing tips.
- Writing by Caro Clarke
Many articles written to aid in the writing experience.
- Curious Rules for Writers
May seem silly but does show how the rules are broken.
- Kurt Vonnegut's 8 Rules For Writing Fiction
Never hurts to hear from a master writer.
- Plague Words and Phrases
Avoid problems created by these words or phrases
While some writers do not believe in using a list to develop characters, some of us who have trouble remembering small details could use a list to maintain details and keep our facts straight. These lists are comprehensive and easy to manage.
- Fiction writers character chart
Very detailed list of a character traits to help create the perfect character.
- Character Trait Chart
http://wow-womenonwriting.com Character Trait Chartand Personality Components By Sandy Tritt It can sometimes be helpful to make a Trait Chart for each character. This is especially helpful during the early stages of character development, before the
There is free information on the Internet but there are some helpful books too. - Let's face it, there is never enough information
These are two books I cannot live without. Both of them are specific to unique challenges.
Creative non-fiction or historical fiction - what is the difference? When I tried to tell my great grandmother's story, it was no longer creative non-fiction. I didn't have enough facts so now it's historical fiction. Everything I needed to know is in this book.
Sometimes writers block is resistance. This book explains what is stopping you from writing. The book is Interesting and I found myself nodding my head "yes" to many of the reasons I had for not writing.
These links are to help develop a story and exercises to get you started.
- Exercises for Fiction Writers
This is just what it says. It is exercises for writing fiction. They are small, short tasks to get the writing started.
- Exercises for fiction writers
Another site with exercises.
- Here to Create - 102 Resources for Fiction Writing
"Here to Create We are here to create, not merely to survive" Great site with so much info that it is hard to get through it all. Could take weeks!
Quotes - If you can't come up with a good line, find a quote here
- GIGA Quotes
Pages and pages of quotes. Click on the letter to find a topic or search by author. There are lots to choose from.