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Writers are always looking for ways to improve their writing. So I decided to add a writers resources page to my web site. Here are a collection of links to tutorials and software that may ease the writing process.

Feel free to suggest your favorite resources.


Book Acknowledgement

I blame all of you. Writing this book has been an exercise in sustained suffering. The casual reader may, perhaps, exempt herself from excessive guilt, but for those of you who have played the larger role in prolonging my agonies with your encouragement and support, well...you know who you are, and you owe me.

Brendan Pietsch, assistant professor of religious studies at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan
Dispensational Modernism, published by Oxford University Press


Unconventional Wisdom No, you probably don’t have a book in you - A literary agent on why your good story isn’t likely to be a bestseller.

Journal Of Universal Rejection for those of you who don't feel they are getting enough rejection slips for their submissions.

Journal Of Universal Acceptance for those of you who feel they are getting too many rejection slips for their submissions.

Rejections
Writers Digest Manuscript Rejection Feedback: 3 Critiques to Heed (and 2 to Ignore)
G. Scott Huggins The Importance Of Rejecting Rejection
Mythic Scribe Give Up: You’ll Never Be Published

Famous Rejection Letters
Nielsen Hayden Slushkiller - rejection letters and responses.
Ursula K. Le Guin rejection letter for Hugo and Nebula award winning Left Hand of Darkness
Business Insider 6 Famous People Who Have Received Brutal Rejection Letters
Aerogramme Writers' Studio 12 Famous Writers on Literary Rejection
AbeBooks 24 Tales from the Slush Pile: Rejected Bestsellers
Mental Floss 10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People
examiner The 50 best author vs. author put-downs of all time

Homework Rejection Letters
Timothy McSweeney Eight Excuses I Have Told My Son to Use for His Failure to Hand in English Homework, Excuses I Have Learned are Acceptable During a Thirty-Year Career in Journalism, Books, and Film.

Writing - Getting Paid - Finances
Author Earnings
Authors Guild Why Is It So Goddamned Hard to Make a Living as a Writer Today?
Kristine Kathryn Rusch Business Musings: Licensing Opportunities
D'Amore-McKim Northeastern University A Freelancer’s Guide to Taxes and Business

Market Listings
Ralan's SpecFic & Horror Webstravaganza (free listings)
aswiebe's Market List fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets (free listings)
Freedon With Writing latest open markets (free listings)
flash fiction chronicles flash markets (free listings)
Duotrope (fee listings)
Aerogramme Writers Studio Book and Writing News and Resources
Authors Publish 16 Publishers with Excellent Distribution That Accept Unsolicited Submissions
Reedsy Writing Contests in 2017
Writing Career Speculative Fiction Markets
Dreamers Creative Writing - Your Guide to Canadian Literary Submissions -

Word Count
Short Mystery Fiction Society subdivides the shortest categories for their Derringer Awards:

 Flash story:  up to 1000 words
 Short short story:  1001 - 4000 words
 Long short story:  4001-8000 words
 Novelette:  8001-17,500 words

The Science Fiction Writers of America uses these definitions for its Nebula awards:
 Short fiction:  under 7,500 words
 Novelette:  7,500-17,500 words
 Novella:  17,500-40,000 words
 Novel:  40,000 words and up

Writers Digest Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post
 typical 
 adult novel 
 word count 
 length 
 below 70,000  too short 
 70,000 - 79,999  might be too short; probably all right 
 80,000 - 89,999  totally cool 
 90,000 - 99,999  generally safe 
 100,000 - 109,999  might be too long; probably all right 
 110,000 or above  too long 

The Write Life A Word Count Guide for 18 Different Book Genres
reedsy How Long Should Your Novel Be? Our Editors Have the Answers
Anne R. Allen's Blog ... With Ruth Harris How Long Should A Book Be? Word Count Guidelines by Genre.
Mythic Scribes Anticipating Story Length

Agent Listings
Agent Query The internet's largest free database of literary agents
Writers Digest Science Fiction Agents
Lit Rejections US Literary Agencies
Query Tracker helping authros find literary agents.
Jane Friedman How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book

Finding An Agent
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Of America How to find a (real!) literary agent
Writer's Relief Author's Submission Service

Book Proposals / Agent Letters / Query Letters / Submission
The Wordwise Blog Why We Won't Read Your Manuscript
Jane Friedman The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests
The Steve Laube Agency I Just Deleted Your Proposal without Reading It
Query Shark How To Write Query Letters ... or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work
write it sideways 25 Reasons Your Query Letter Sucks
write it sideways 15 Resources for a Better Query Letter
Janet Reid, Literary Agent Query Letter checklist
Janet Reid, Literary Agent Effective Query Letters
Janet Reid, Literary Agent Instant Rejection
John M. Cusick A Pretty Much Foolproof, Never-Fail, Silver-Bullet Query Opening

Writing Tutorials
John C. Wright, author John C. Wright’s Patented One Session Lesson in the Mechanics of Fiction
John C. Wright, author Wright’s Ten Rules on Writing
Epic Stream How To Become A Writer - The Easy Way - by Neil Gaiman
Ellen Brock, Professional Freelance Novel Editor writing articles and advice
Ellen Brock, Professional Freelance Novel Editor Novel Boot Camp
YouTube Ellen Brock: The Top 5 Mistakes Amateur Writers Make
Mythic Scribes The Art of Fantasy Story Telling
Brandon Sanderson Writing Advice
Castalia House Five Tips for Writing Great Short Fiction: The Case For Classic Adventure
reedsy Writing in Third Person Omniscient vs Third Person Limited
reedsy 13 Kick-Ass Tips For Writing Fantasy From Professional Fantasy Editors Goins, Writer How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do
autocrit How to Make Your Writing Funnier - A Video by TED-Ed
Write To Done unmissable articles on writing
Mythic Scribes The Art of Fantasy Storytelling
Mythic Scribes A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Descriptions - Part 1
Mythic Scribes A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Descriptions - Part 2
Mythic Scribes Writing Believable Fantasy - A Guide to Keeping It Real
Advice To Writers quote of the day, recommended books, interviews, ...
Martha Alderson Stranded in the Middle of Your Novel?
Victoria Mixon, Author & Editor 5 Things I Learned from Shirley Jackson
Anne R. Allen's Blog ... with Ruth Harris Filter Words and Phrases to Avoid in Writing Fiction
Creative Penn Writing Fiction: This Is How You Write A Story
Better Project Novel How to Use Brand Names in Your Fiction (Just Like TFIOS)
reedsy How to Write a Novel - 10 lessons
reedsy How to Write a Novel Using The Three Act Structure
Mythic Scribes Big Picture Story Structure – Part 1: Three-Act Structure
Mythic Scribes Big Picture Story Structure – Part 2: Three-Act Structure
Mythic Scribes Big Picture Story Structure – Part 3: Seven-Point Plot Structure
Well-Storied plotting

Writing Advice
Clarity over Cleverness
PJ Media How to Write When You Don't Want To
The Complete Creative You are going to get fucked and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Playboy 24 Writing Heavyweights Share the One Piece of Advice They Have for Aspiring Writers
Lit Reactor 22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing
write it sideways 23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger
write it sideways 23 (More) Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger
Monster Hunter Nation Fisking the HuffPo, because writers need to GET PAID
Michael Brent Collings Writing Advice Columns
Michael Brent Collings Should I publish LOTS?
Pub Crawl How To Write A 1-Page Synopsis
Curiouser Editing
Jane Friedman How to Attract a Readership Based on Concept Alone
Tor/Forge Blog Writing Out of Order
The Write Life The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
Script Magazine BREAKING & ENTERING: Done Outlining? Ready to Type Fade in? Think Again
Tor 7 Things I Learned About Starting A Career in Science Fiction
AutoCrit Catch More Mistakes with These DIY Proofreading Techniques
Lost Kingdom Fantasy world economics 101
Indies Unlimited
Just Publishing Advice How to Reduce Repetition in Your Manuscript Writing
Galaxy Press A Guide to Critiquing a Story: Seven Vital Elements Every Story Must Have
Mythic Scribes Critiques: A How-To Guide
Mythic Scribes 9 Amazing Blogs for Writers
Mythic Scribes How to Design Your Diabolical Cult
Charlotte Rains Dixon Indecision is the Devil for Writers
B&N i-Fi *amp; Fantasy Blog 5 Ways to Give an Artificial Intelligence Real Personality
Richie Billing Creative writing lectures
Richie Billing The Blog Log
Mythic Scribes How to Get Good Feedback on Your Writing — Asking the Right Person the Right Questions
BookBub Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers
Mythic Scribe Stop Writing That Epic! Why New Writers Should Start Small
Eschler Editing Top Three Short Story Mistakes
Mythic Scribe 5 Keys to Writing Craptastic Fantasy
Sterling & Stone StoryShop
Live Write Thrive How to Choose Setting with a Purpose
Live Write Thrive A Look at Masterful Setting Description
Mythic Scribes Comedy: Your First Reading Quest

Writing Advice - Plotter - Outliner
Blake Atwood How to Outline a Novel: A Book Review of K.M. Weiland’s ‘Outlining Your Novel’
Mythic Scribes The Benefits of Outlining: A Layered Approach

Writing Advice - Pantser
Mad Genius Club Return of the Extreme Pantser’s Guide: Getting Started
Mad Genius Club Return to the Extreme Pantser’s Guide: Pacing
Mythic Scribe The Waypoint Writer - A Flexible Way to Plan a Story
Unbound Worlds The Story Comes First: Where to Start with Story Structure

Writing Advice - POV - Point Of View
Helping Writers Become Authors What Every Writer Ought to Know About the Omniscient POV
Mythic Scribes Mastering Multiple POV in 6 Steps
Mythic Scribes Mastering Multiple POV in 6 Steps
Edit Torrent Good reasons for multiple POV

Writing Class - Larry Correia
Writing Odyssey Larry Correia: Writing Class-Week 1, Part 1 of 2
Writing Odyssey Larry Correia: Writing Class-Week 1, part 2 of 2
Writing Odyssey Larry Correia: Writing Class-Week 2
Writing Odyssey Larry Correia: Writing Class-Week 3

Writing Class - Sarah Hoyt
PJ Media How to Write A Short Story - And Why You Really Should Learn To (a 10 part series)
PJ Media How to Write a Short Story - Oh, the Types You Could Write - Part 2 of a 10-Part Series
PJ Media How to Write A Short Story, Part 3 - Not all ideas are created equal
PJ Media How To Write Short Stories Part 4 - Go For the Feels!

Writing Classes - other
James Patterson Teaches Writing

Writing Advice - Characters
Sara Letourneau's Official Website & Blog The Character Evolution Files, No. 1: What is Character Evolution, and Why Is It Important?
Sara Letourneau's Official Website & Blog The Character Evolution Files, No. 2: What Are the Three Types of Character Arcs?
Daily Writing Tips 100 Words for Facial Expressions
Writers Digest When Flaws Go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikeable Characters
medium How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You
medium How To Write About Characters Who Are Dumber Than You
reedsy 8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character
reedsy How to Create a Character Profile: the Ultimate Guide (with Template)
Mythic Scribes Writing Better Villains
Mythic Scribe 5 Ways to Build Stronger Characters
Mythic Scribe 5 Characteristics of an Epic Villain
Mythic Scribe 5 Characteristics of a Hero

Writing Advice - Fight Scenes
Fantasy-Faction Writing Fight Scenes - What an Editor Wants to See
YouTube Le combat en armure au XVe siècle (combat in medieval armor)
YouTube Can You Move in Armour?
Mythic Scribes Writing the Military: 5 Biggest Mistakes
Mythic Scribes 6 Tips for Writing a Knockout Fight Scene

Writing - Other
Notes From The Bunker Some author humor: You know you are a writer when you ...
Royal Armouries collections
Live Write Thrive
Word Tips games people play with letters
No Wasted Ink author interviews and links to writing tips.

Writing Advice - World Building
IO9 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding
IO9 The Rules of Quick and Dirty Worldbuilding
Autocrit How Better World Building Will Keep You out of Trouble
Mythic Scribes Adding Depth to a Fantasy World
Mythic Scribes Warfare in Fantasy: Forgotten Logistics
Kal Spriggs Worldbuilding in Science Fiction: Part 1 Foundations

Writing Advice - Show vs. Tell
Autocrit Why You Shouldn’t Tell What You Can Show
Mythic Scribe Speaking Without Words - Writing Body Language

Writing Advice - Editing
Editorial Freelancers Association Editorial Rates
Raised by Wolves Killing Babies
Book Baby Blog What Type Of Book Editing Do You Need? And When?
Janice Hardy's Fiction University The Difference Between a Revision, a Rewrite, and a Redraft
Driven 2 Write Just how far should your editor go?
Mythic Scribes Target Editing - A Time-Saving Strategy for Writers
Mythic Scribes How To Edit Your Own Writing
Mythic Scribes 5 Steps to Effective Editing

Writing Advice - Quoting
The Book Designer How to Legally Use Quotations in Your Book
M.L.Banner Using Lyrics in Your Book Could Be Expensive

Writing Advice - Copyright
reedsy How To Copyright A Book: A Comprehensive Guide
Bloggers Guide to Copyright and DMCA

Writing Advice - Reviews
Daria Anne How to Write a Quality Book Review

Writing Advice - Writing Exercises
reedsy 100+ Creative Writing Exercises for Fiction Authors

Writers Group - Critiques
Buzz Feed Books If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop - Just a couple notes.

Writers Groups
Edit For Me 10 Reasons to Join a Writers Group
for writers writers group list
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America links to writers workshops
critters workshop science fiction, fantasy and horror online writers workshop

Book Publishing
Writer Beware How Predatory Companies Are Trying to Hijack Your Publisher Search
David Gaughran Elm Hill Books: Another HarperCollins Vanity Press
David Gaughran Vanity and The Media
David Gaughran The One Where An Author Steals Text From My Book To Sell Pirated Software
Spectator USA When diversity means uniformity - I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell...
Publishers Marketplace
Preditors & Editors a guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers since 1997. (currently offline)
Author Earnings The 7k Report
Monster Hunter Nation How Authors Get Paid, part 2
Digital Book World The Self-Publishing Debate: A Social Scientist Separates Fact from Fiction (Part 3 of 3)
Dean Wesley Smith Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing
Dean Wesley Smith The New World of Publishing: The Real Price of Traditional Publishing
Publishing Perspectives How Much Do Writers Earn? Less Than You Think
Draft2Digital electronic publishing
Ink Shares print and electronic publishing of books selected by readers.
Parvus fantasy and science fiction eBook publishers.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Small Presses
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Self-Publishing
publishizer a different way to find a publisher
Just Publishing Advice Amazon Book Review Policies - An Amazon book review cannot be posted for free ebooks.
Just Publishing Advice New Authors Beware of Scam Agents and Publishing Sharks
reedsy Authors Beware: Scams and Publishing Companies to Avoid
YouTube Dear Aspiring Authors...
Mythic Scribes How to Get a Book Published - The 7 Step Plan
Bundle Rabbit collaborative publishing
Books-A-Million bookstore
Kristine Kathryn Rusch Business Musings: An Agent Nightmare Revealed
ebook launch providing: editing, cover design, ebook formatting and print book formatting
Deranged Doctor Desigh
Publishers Weekly Pirating on CreateSpace

Writers Markets
Duotrope a fee based web site that list markets for your work.
Ralan.com Ralan's SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza (free listing of markets)
Facebook Open Call: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Pulp Markets

Self-Publishing
Libby's Books Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Publishing
The Daily Dot What 'Baboon Fart Story' says about Amazon and ebook publishing
Monster Hunter Nation Fisking the HuffPo’s Snooty Rant About Self-Publishing
The Guardian Stop the press: half of self-published authors earn less than $500
Just Publishing Advice My 7 Best Free Tools For Self Publishing Authors
Just Publishing Advice five Must Read Blogs For Self Publishing Authors
Mythic Scribes How to Market Your Self-Published Book
reedsy The Complete Guide to Ebook Distribution
reedsy How to Self-Publish a Book: The Definitive Guide
Hugh Howey Best-Selling AND Unknown by M.L. Banner
Mad Genius Club Kindle Create and Vellum: a brief comparative review
DIY Book Covers cover creator and 3D Mockups
P.J.Boox Bookstore specializing in independent and small publishers
Spouting Off CreateSpacing
ame (Author Marketing Experts) Amazon’s Disappearing Reviews: The Surprising Reason Why Book Reviews are Getting Pulled (and how to fix it)

Writers Markets - Publishing Problems
Writer Beware blog of current problems to watch out for
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Writers Beware - website listing of problems to watch out for
Writer Beware Facebook page
Richie Billing List of Fantasy Publishers (short fiction)
Richie Billing List of Fantasy Publishers (long fiction)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch Business Rusch Publishing Articles

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Resources
Now Novel 43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers
Super Summary Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Resources
Indie Author News

Online Tools - games
Toasted Cheese Writer’s Excuse Bingo

Online Tools - submission software
The Grinder a submission tracker and market database for writers of fiction

Online Tools - writing
editMinion check your writing for adverbs, weak words, passive voice, prepositions, ... (free)
Hemingway Editor online tool to help you write more like Ernest Hemingway
I Write Like this statistical analysis tool analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.
Passive Territory passive word checker (free)
Grammarly grammar checker (fee)
SpellChecker.net spell, grammar, thesaurus checking (free)
GrammarCheck.me grammar, spelling and style checking (free)
Paper Rater grammar, spelling check (free)
Grammar Check grammar check (free)
SpellCheckPlus spell check (free)
Ginger grammar check (free)
AutoCrit Manuscript Editing Software for Fiction Writers - annual fee (or use their limited free option)
grammarly online grammar checker
Spell Checker online spell and grammar checker
White Smoke online spell, grammar and writing checker.
White Smoke spell, grammar, punctuation, plagiarism checker (subscription)
Lit Lift free on-line novel and story writing software.
Lit Lift blog inspiration, writing tips, ...
One Stop For Writers Emotional Thesaurus, Negative Trait Thesaurus, Positive Trait Thesaurus, Symbolism and Motif Thesaurus, ...
thesaurus
dictionary
Free Thesaurus from the people who are providing the Free Dictionary
Kristina Van Hoose NaNoWriMo Prep Tools
Product Hunt Tools for Writers - Handy tools for bloggers and writers to write more good
Mashable 7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer
After The Deadline open source plugin for web writers (spelling style and grammar checking)
123 help me while it appears to focus on non-fiction writing, their tools can help with fiction writing as well.

Online Tools - dictionaries
OneLook General dictionaries and glossaries indexed by the OneLook® search engine
OneLook Reverse Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionary
dictionary.com
the Free Dictionary
google dictionary
Merrian Webster dictionary and thesaurus
Urban Dictionary for slang

Online Tools - word frequency counter
Word Counter word frequency counter
Write Words Word Frequency Counter
Write Words Phrase Frequency Counter
wordle create a "word cloud" from text

Online Tools - change case
Convert Case
Text case converter
Case Converter
Case Convert

Online Tools - names
Character Names tips on choosing character names
Baby Names
List of Random Names random name generator
Social Security top names
Vanessa Grant Character 60,000 Name Database
Seventh Sanctum random generators of ideas, weapons, spells, names, ...
Seventh Sanctum Name Generators
Redneck Baby Names
Quizopolis name generators
Character Name Generator
Top 100 Baby Name Search
Behind The Name the etymology and history of first names

Online Tools - plot
Seventh Sanctum Writing Ideas
Plot Generator for many genres of fiction

Online Tools - writing prompts
springhole random generators - designed for FRPs, but usable for writers
Seventh Sanctum random generators including Writing Prompt Generator
Writing Exercises random generators
Story Shock flash fiction - Writing Prompt Generator
Story Base narrative writing prompts
Creative Writing Prompts
The Story Starter
Toasted Cheese Writing Prompt Calendar

Online Tools - Book Covers
Holly Heisey premade ebook covers

Online Tools - A Tax Cheat Sheet for Kindle eBook Self-Publishing
TurboTax A Tax Cheat Sheet for Kindle eBook Self-Publishing

Offline Tools - Writing (install on your computer)
Literature and Latte Scrivner - content-generation tool for writers
Novel Factory novel writing software - offline as well as online versions
Storyist novel writing software
Mariner Software Storymill - novel writing software
Aeon Timeline novel writing software - visual timeline software
SpaceJock Software Sonar 3 (submission tracking software) (free)
SpaceJock Software yWrite (word processor) (free)
SpaceJock Software yEdit (word processor) (free)
Richard Salsbury's Home Page Rough Draft (word processor)
Hemingway Editor for PC and Mac
Writer Unboxed How to Keep Track of All Your Novel’s Details
Stephen R, Willis Best Free Novel Writing Software
FreeWriter free writing software
Manuskript open-source tool for writers
Kitty Chandler Writing Resources
Mythic Scribes Novel Writing Software - Which Programs Are the Best?
Kindlepreneur Best Book Writing Software

Offline Tools - Spell / Grammar Checkers (install on your computer)
Call Scotland Which Spellchecker? (comparison of spellcheckwers)
Ghotit - I Got It Right grammar and punctuation check, ...
Ginger Software grammar checker, dictionary, ...
Text Help Read & Write for Windows
Claro Software ClaroRead for PC
Spell Check Anywhere add spell check to your favorite programs
Sequence Publishing TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus
WordWeb Pro English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows
Spell Web spell check with grammar check and a thesaurus
Clear Writer Clear Edits (grammar check and a whole lot more)
Grammar Check Anywhere grammar and spell checker, with thesaurus
Language Tool open source language checker
lingucomponent grammar checking software for OpenOffice.
SmartEdit Lite SmartEdit is a first-pass-editing tool for creative writers and novelists. (free)
SmartEdit SmartEdit is a first-pass-editing tool for creative writers and novelists. (fee)
PageFour Software for Novelists and Creative Writers
White Smoke spelling, grammer checker, punctuation, style and structure checkers

Offline Tools - Writing (install on your computer)
Tor/Forge Blog 5 Gaming Tools to Help Your Writing

Writing Humor
Electric Lit This Handy Chart Automatically Generates a Pitch for Your New Novel - Feeling stuck? We help you skip the writing and go straight to the press release


 

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