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Links for Writers

There is so much out there on the web these days that it’s hard to know what to sift through and where to even start. I’ll post some of my favorite writing links, sites, blogs, quotes, what-have-you on a regular basis. Definitely check them out!
Writing dares are fun, silly dares created for NaNoWriMo every year to help you keep writing when you get stuck. They’ll probably be edited out as you go back through the book, but the point is they keep you moving when you don’t know where to go.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a standing challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a large community of support, very helpful, and super fun. There are no actual rewards other than getting something accomplished. NaNo takes place every November.
Nathan Bransford wrote a fantastic post about how to write pitches. Those of you who are struggling to come up with a pitch (and lets face it, who among us isn’t) check this out.
My favorite author, Maria Snyder (author of the Study, Glass, and Inside Out series, along with her newest Healer series), has an incredibly helpful list of articles on various subjects she’s written for new authors.
Hopefully you all know what a Mary Sue is. They’re very, very bad to have, if you don’t. Want to make sure your character isn’t a Mary/Gary Sue? Take the test here! It’s really accurate! (By the way, a low score is good. The closer you can get to 0, the less Sue-ish your character is.)
This blog analyzes query letters sent into her, showing what a good query letter looks like, and what definitely NOT to do. Give it a read. It’ll help you.
An entertaining blog about the ins and outs of publishing covering a number of helpful tips for writers, Pub Rants (short for Publishing Rants) is a must-read.
Scribophile is my favorite online writers community. Every genre is represented here. You can post your own work, and offer in-depth, thoughtful critiques on others. Everyone is helpful and interesting. There are so many different skill levels.
This is by far the largest and most reliable index of agents, editors, and publishers online. You can search it to find agents and other publishing professionals to work with and that represent your stuff (because doing research before submission is the most important thing you can do).
A good guide of cliches too often seen in submissions. Plus, it’s just entertaining to read. Keep in mind, though, that it is only from the point of view of the folks at Strange Horizons.

My Favorite Books on Writing:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
On Writing by  Stephen King
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

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