Writers tend to be compulsive readers. Especially about writing. And the internet is full of wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) articles about writing. When I find one, I add its URL to a now 56-page file in my documents called “Blog Posts I Really Like” so that I can reread it whenever I want.
From time to time I share my wealth of resources. It’s been a couple of years since I last did this, so here are links to ten articles about writing that I found particularly interesting. Most of these articles focus on fiction writing.
I’m gonna warn you: this is meaty stuff. You can’t skim it. You’re going to need to dedicate an hour or two of your time to explore this information. You don’t have to do it today; but bookmark this post, and schedule a time for you to come back and wade through it. I promise it’ll be worth it.
- Rules for writing.
- Great storytellers talk about story.
- What novel should you read next? How about something that will help you with your own fiction?
- How to write better fiction.
- How to ramp up your description.
- How to troubleshoot a problem scene.
- To learn how to write like your favorite author, copy their books, word for word, longhand. I’m going to do this, really. I’ve even picked a book: Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson.
- It finally happened—a publisher is interested in your book! What questions should you ask a publisher before signing a contract?
- Bad news: your publisher’s promotional budget for your book is zip. How to schedule your own book tour. (Also good for self-published authors.)
- Ways to market your book (and yourself!).
Now it’s your turn. Once you’ve read these articles, it’s easy to say, well, that was interesting, and not do anything with the knowledge you’ve gained. Hello, use it or lose it. I challenge you to choose one piece of information you’ve gleaned from these ten articles and turn it into an action item to improve your skills. Then tell us in the comments below what you’re going to do. (I’ve already told you what new thing I’m going to do—see number 7 above.)
With all this sheltering-in-place, we need a little diversion, whimsy, and beauty.
- Recreating masterpieces. See also #9.
- The notorious Banksy.
- Who would have guessed I’d find two Banksy articles in the same week? Here’s what happens when he works from home.
- Reading suggestions for staying at home.
- I really like this format for poetry.
- Animal Farm illustrated.
- Would you like to sleep at Stephen King’s house?
- Surf’s up! Prizewinning surfing photos.
- Even gerbils need art galleries. (But please don’t eat the furniture.)
- Oh, crumb! I missed the Arizona Quilt Show. Not to worry—here are some great pictures.
- Do you love children’s picture books? Look at these glorious illustrations and enter the giveaway.
- Ever hear of coade stone? Me neither, but at one time it was a very popular sculpting material.
Covid-19 got you down? Take your mind off it with these amazing things:
- The tapestry maker who took art one step further.
- Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s thoughts on aging.
- A crochet version of the coronavirus.
- Some beautiful quilts!
- What would happen if you drew every day?
- I have often fantasized about working on a cruise ship. Here’s the lowdown.
- Acquire these habits to increase your writing productivity.
- Underwater photography.
- Things to do while self-quarantined.
- Squirrels like you’ve never seen them before.
- Entomology in stitches.
- Steampunk sculptures.
We are so blessed to live in the information age. The internet is full of free content that can help you learn any skill you want to acquire.
I have a file on my computer called Blog Posts I Really Like. This is where I save links to all sorts of articles that I want to reread because they’re so valuable. Periodically, I go on a reading binge and reread a bunch. Other times I scroll through the list because I know I saved something on a particular topic. Yesterday, I reread about twenty writing articles, looking for good ones to share with you. Here are the twelve best:
Now it’s your turn. Have you saved any online articles on writing that you’ve found particularly helpful? Or have you written something about the craft of writing that you’d like to share? Is there a writing blog that you especially like? Share a link in the comments below.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
A feast for the eyes, a banquet for the heart.
Lots of good stuff here, folks.
Happy to provide your weekend inspiration. You’re welcome.
Inspiration for your creative soul: