Writing Resources

There are many fantastic writing resources to explore if you’re interested, whether you’re just getting started or looking to develop as a writer. I’ll update this page from time to time to add new resources!

HOUSTON RESOURCES:

Houston Writers Guild

Houston YA/MG Writers Group

Inprint

Writespace

NATIONAL WRITING ORGANIZATIONS:

Horror Writers Association

Mystery Writers of America

Romance Writers of America

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Sisters in Crime

Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

GENERAL WRITING ADVICE:

Marissa Meyer’s advice to aspiring writers

STAYING MOTIVATED & GETTING THE WORK DONE:

Post by P.J. Hoover on timed writing sessions

The Writing Barn hosts authors talking about Rejecting Rejection on their blog. Here’s the category archive link

Nova Ren Suma’s guest post series on “What was your turning point as a writer?” and her guest post series on “What inspires you?” and her guest post series on “The book of your heart”

WRITING ADVICE FROM BLANK PAGE TO PUBLISHED BOOK:

Marissa Meyer takes you through the journey of a book and it’s full of great advice

BRAINSTORMING & GETTING A WORKABLE CONCEPT:

Post about the essentials you need to start drafting

Post about brainstorming and getting “unstuck”

PLOTTING AND STORY STRUCTURE:

Post on giving your concept structure

CHARACTERS:

Links to come

SETTING/WORLDBUILDING:

Links to come

DRAFTING:

Links to come

REVISION:

Some great posts on how writers revise are:

Maggie Stiefvater’s post “From Rough to Final: A Dissection on Revision” that details a chapter revision on THE SCORPIO RACES, which led to her post “From Rough to Final: TEN Dissections” that collects links to posts by ten other authors on how they revise and her post “From Rough to Final, Continued” with two more authors on revision.

Beth Revis’ post “New Revision Rewriting Process”

A collection of author wisdom on revision

POLISHING/EDITING:

Links to come

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON WRITING:

BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott

ON WRITING by Stephen King

PAPER HEARTS: SOME WRITING ADVICE by Beth Revis

SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder

SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne & Dave King

STORY by Robert McKee

THE ART OF CHARACTER by David Corbett

THE EMOTION THESAURUS by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron

RECOMMENDED PODCASTS:

This Creative Life by Sara Zarr

WRITING WORKSHOPS:

These are some recommended workshops for writers who are past the beginner stage and need in-depth critique and instruction similar to MFA-level residencies.

Appalachian Writers’ Workshop in North Carolina

Djerassi Resident Artists Program Workshop Retreats in California

Madcap Retreats Workshops in various locations

The Writing Barn Presents Workshops in Texas

WRITING RESIDENCIES AND RETREATS:

If you’re looking to get away and have time and space to write, these are some recommended places.

To learn what a residency is like, check out this post on Nova Ren Suma’s blog

Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California

Madcap Retreats in various locations

The Writing Barn in Texas

Yaddo in New York

ONLINE LITERARY JOURNALS & MAGAZINES (YOUNG READERS):

See list on my “Just for Young Readers” page

ONLINE LITERARY JOURNALS & MAGAZINES (MATURE READERS):

Apex Magazine

Clarkesworld Magazine

Electric Literature Recommended Reading

Gulf Coast Literary Journal

Hunger Mountain

Lunch Ticket

The New Yorker

The Paris Review

Tin House Magazine

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