In 2010 while sitting in the Atlanta airport, I started my writing career.
Did I know what I was doing? A little
Was I starting a journey of discovery? For sure.
The first discovery was that I was going to need help. Sure, I had written published journal articles, taught creative writing to sixth graders, and even completed a technical dissertation on the topic of labeling children. But this was different.
After completing my first story, having it critiqued by unsuspecting volunteers, and stepping back to view it myself – the evidence was exposed. I had pieces of great writing, but too often got bogged down with characterizations speed bumps, plot potholes, and a lack of “grab the reader and keep them there” type writing.
I searched bookstores and online for help and in the process have become a more competent writer. Here are the websites/blogs that continue to help and challenge me to do better. I hope they will do the same for you:
- WRITER’S DIGEST – Yes, they will push you to purchase their established resources, but you can also read many free articles and helpful ideas. I’ve found many gems since first stumbling across their page a few years back.
- THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY BLOG – Janice Hardy is an established author. Her site is filled with tips and suggestions. She doesn’t just TELL you what makes a story shine, she SHOWS you how. I visit her often and my writing shows the result.
- CHILDREN’S BOOK INSIDER – I write for a middle grade audience so I searched for experts in the field. The free resources here are plentiful and a subscription gets you access to their monthly newsletter and freebies.
- FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF … MIDDLE GRADE WRITERS – If you are a YA, Adult, or fit your self into another genre, don’t be shut down by the title here. The writing help is cataloged and immensely valuable.
Have a great year of writing!